In September of 2011 Metro’s Board of Directors adopted a Board Report that added reforming federal local hire rules to our agency’s successful America Fast Forward initiative. Working in close cooperation with Metro, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) introduced H.R. 3620 (The Local Hire Act) Local Hire Act in 2013 to permit establishing local hiring programs on projects using federal funding. This legislation was ultimately adopted into the Consolidated Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law No: 113-235) and led the Federal Transit Administration to release its Federal Fiscal Year 2015 apportionments in the Federal Register outlining how it intends to allow geographic hiring preferences in construction contracts that are advertised or awarded in Federal Fiscal Year 2015. Most recently, the U.S. Department of Transportation, in a vote of support for Metro’s local hire efforts, announced on March 3, 2015 the launching of a one year local hire pilot program for both transit and highway projects. Please find here a fact sheet on Metro’s America Fast Forward Local Hire initiative.