FINANCIAL SERVICES

 



Following are the standard terms and conditions that apply to contracts entered into with the City of El Paso, unless otherwise noted on a Purchase Order or within the Terms and Conditions section of a Contract.

1.    INVOICES & PAYMENTS

A.    The Contractor will submit invoices, in single copy, on each contract after each delivery.  Invoices covering more than one purchase order will not be accepted.
B.    Invoices will be itemized, including serial number of unit; transportation charges, if any, will be listed separately.
C.    Invoices will reflect the Contract Number and the Purchase Order Number.
D.    Do not include Federal Tax, State Tax, or City Tax.  The City will furnish a tax exemption certificate upon request.
E.    Discounts will be taken from the date of receipt of goods or date of invoice, whichever is later.
F.    A copy of the bill of lading and the freight waybill when applicable will be attached to the invoice.
G.    Payment will not be due until the above instruments are submitted after delivery and acceptance.
H.    Mail invoices to the City Department indicated in the Invoice Instructions set forth on the Purchase Order.
I.    Contractor shall advise the Comptroller of any changes in its remittance addresses.

2.    CONTRACTUAL RELATIONSHIP

Nothing herein will be construed as creating the relationship of employer and employee between the City and the Contractor or between the City and the Contractor's employees. The City will not be subject to any obligations or liabilities of the Contractor or his employees incurred in the performance of the contract unless otherwise herein authorized.  The Contractor is an independent Contractor and nothing contained herein will constitute or designate the Contractor or any of his employees as employees of the City.  Neither the Contractor nor his employees will be entitled to any of the benefits established for City employees, nor be covered by the City's Workers' Compensation Program.

3.    INDEMNIFICATION  [Rev. 04-15-99] [Rev. 01-04-04]

Contractor or its insurer will INDEMNIFY, DEFEND AND HOLD the City, its officers, agents and employees, HARMLESS FOR AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, CAUSES OF ACTION, LIABILITY, DAMAGES OR EXPENSE,  (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ATTORNEY FEES AND COSTS) FOR ANY DAMAGE TO OR LOSS OF ANY PROPERTY, OR ANY ILLNESS, INJURY, PHYSICAL OR MENTAL IMPAIRMENT, LOSS OF SERVICES, OR DEATH TO ANY PERSON ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT.  Without modifying the conditions of preserving, asserting or enforcing any legal liability against the City as required by the City Charter or any law, the City will promptly forward to Contractor every demand, notice, summons or other process received by the City in any claim or legal proceeding contemplated herein.  Contractor will 1) investigate or cause the investigation of accidents or occurrences involving such injuries or damages; 2) negotiate or cause to be negotiated the claim as the Contractor may deem expedient; and 3) defend or cause to be defended on behalf of the City all suits for damages even if groundless, false or fraudulent, brought because of such injuries or damages.  Contractor will pay all judgments finally establishing liability of the City in actions defended by Contractor pursuant to this section along with all attorneys' fees and costs incurred by the City including interest accruing to the date of payment by Contractor, and premiums on any appeal bonds.  The City, at its election, will have the right to participate in any such negotiations or legal proceedings to the extent of its interest.  The City will not be responsible for any loss of or damage to the Contractor's property from any cause.  

4.    GRATUITIES

The City may, by written notice to the Contractor, cancel this contract without liability to Contractor if it is determined by the City that gratuities, in the form of entertainment, gifts, or otherwise, were offered or given by the Contractor, or any agent or representative of the Contractor, to any officer or employee of the City of El Paso with a view toward securing a contract or securing favorable treatment with respect to the awarding or amending, or the making or any determinations with respect to the performing of such a contract.  In the event this contract is canceled by the City pursuant to this provision, the City shall be entitled, in addition to any other rights and remedies, to recover or withhold the amount of the cost incurred by the Contractor in providing such gratuities.

5.    WARRANTY-PRICE

A.    The price to be paid by the City will be that contained in the Contractor's bid which the Contractor warrants to be no higher than Seller's current prices on orders by others for products of the kind and specification covered by this contract for similar quantities under similar or like conditions and methods of purchase.  In the event Contractor breaches this warranty the prices of the items will be reduced to the Contractor's current prices on orders by others, or in the alternative, the City may cancel this contract without liability to Contractor for breach or Contractor's actual expense.

B.    The Contractor warrants that no person or selling agency has been employed or retained to solicit or secure this contract upon an agreement or understanding for commission, percentage, brokerage, or contingent fee excepting bona fide employees of bona fide established commercial or selling agencies maintained by the Contractor for the purpose of securing business.  For breach or violation of this warranty the City will have the right in addition to any other right or rights to cancel this contract without liability and to deduct from the contract price, or otherwise recover the full amount of such commission, percentage, brokerage or contingent fee.

6.    RIGHT TO ASSURANCE

Whenever one party to this contract in good faith has reason to question the other party's intent to perform, he may demand that the other party give written assurance of his intent to perform.  In the event that a demand is made and no assurance is given within five (5) calendar days, the demanding party may treat this failure as an anticipatory repudiation of the contract.

7.    TERMINATION  [Rev. 06/07/97]

    A.  Termination for Convenience

The City of El Paso may terminate this contract, in whole or in part, at any time by written notice to the Contractor.  The Contractor will be paid its costs, including the contract close out costs, and profit on work performed up to the time of termination.  The Contractor will promptly submit its termination claim to the City of El Paso to be paid the Contractor.  If the Contractor has any property in its possession belonging to the City of El Paso, the Contractor will account for the same, and dispose of it in the manner the City of El Paso directs.

    B.  Termination for Default

If the Contractor fails to comply with any provision of the contract the City of El Paso may terminate this contract for default.  Termination shall be effected by serving a notice of intent to terminate the contract setting forth the manner in which the Contractor is in default.  The Contractor will be given an opportunity to correct the problem within a reasonable time before termination notice is rendered.  The Contractor will only be paid the contract price for supplies delivered and accepted, or services performed in accordance with the manner of performance set forth in the contract.  The City shall have the right to immediately terminate the Contract for default if the Contractor violates any local, state, or federal laws, rule or regulations that relate to the performance of this Agreement.

8.    ADDITIONAL REMEDIES  [New 12/96]

If the City terminates the contract because the Contractor fails to deliver goods as required by the contract, the City shall have all of the remedies available to a buyer pursuant to the UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE including the right to purchase the goods from another vendor in substitution for those due from the Contractor.  The cost to cover shall be the cost of substitute goods determined by informal or formal procurement procedures as required by the Local Government Code.  The City may recover the difference between the cost of cover and the contract cost by deducting the same from amounts owed to Contractor for goods delivered prior to termination or any other lawful means.
    
9.    TERMINATION FOR DEFAULT BY CITY  [Rev. 06/09/97]
    
If the City fails to perform any of its duties under this contract, Contractor may deliver a written notice to the Purchasing Manager describing the default, specifying the provisions of the contract under which the Contractor considers the City to be in default and setting forth a date of termination not sooner than 90 days following receipt of the Notice.  The Contractor at its sole option may extend the proposed date of termination to a later date.  If the City fails to cure such default prior to the proposed date of termination, Contractor may terminate its performance under this Contract as of such date.

10.    FORCE MAJEURE  [Rev. 06/07/97]

If, by reason of Force Majeure, either party hereto will be rendered unable wholly or in part to carry out its obligations under this Contract then such party will give notice and full particulars of such Force Majeure in writing to the other party within a reasonable time after occurrence of the event or cause relied upon, and the obligation of the party giving such notice, so far as it is affected by such Force Majeure, will be suspended for only thirty (30) days during the continuance of the inability then claimed, except as hereinafter provided, but for no longer period, and such party will try to remove or overcome such inability with all reasonable dispatch.

The term Force Majeure as employed herein, will mean acts of God, strikes, lockouts, or other industrial disturbances, acts of public enemies, orders of any kind of government of the United States or the State of Texas or any civil or military authority, insurrections, riots, epidemics, landslides, lightning, earthquake, fires, hurricanes, storms, floods, washouts, droughts, arrests, restraint of government and people, civil disturbances, explosions, breakage or accidents to machinery, pipelines, or canals.  It is understood and agreed that the settlement of strikes and lockouts will be entirely within the discretion of the party having the difficulty, and that the above requirement that any Force Majeure will be remedied with all reasonable dispatch will not require the settlement of strikes and lockouts by acceding to the demands of the opposing party or parties when such settlement is unfavorable in the judgment of the party having the difficulty.  If a party is unable to comply with the provisions of this contract by reason of Force Majeure for a period beyond thirty days after the event or cause relied upon, then upon written notice after the thirty (30) days, the affected party shall be excused from further performance under this contract.

11.    ASSIGNMENT-DELEGATION

No right or interest in this contract will be assigned or delegation of any obligation made by the Contractor without the written permission of the City.  Any attempted assignment or delegation by the Contractor will be wholly void and totally ineffective for all purposes unless made in conformity with this paragraph.

12.    WAIVER

No claim or right arising out of a breach of this contract can be discharged in whole or in part by a waiver or renunciation of the claim or right unless the waiver or renunciation is supported by consideration and is in writing signed by the aggrieved party.

13.    INTERPRETATION-PAROL EVIDENCE

This writing is intended by the parties as a final expression of their agreement and is intended also as a complete and exclusive statement of the terms of their contract.  No course of prior dealings between the parties and no usage of the trade will be relevant to supplement or explain any term used in this contract. Acceptance or acquiescence in a course of performance rendered under this contract will not be relevant to determine the meaning of this contract even though the accepting or acquiescing party has knowledge of the performance and opportunity for objection.  Whenever a term defined by the Uniform Commercial Code is used in this contract, the definition contained in the Code is to control.

14.    APPLICABLE LAW

The law of the State of Texas will control this contract along with any applicable provisions of Federal law or the City Charter or any ordinance of the City of El Paso.

15.    ADVERTISING

Contractor will not advertise or publish, without the City's prior consent, the fact that the City has entered into this contract, except to the extent necessary to comply with proper requests for information from an authorized representative of the federal, state or local government.

16.    AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS

The awarding of this contract is dependent upon the availability of funding.  In the event that funds do not become available the contract may be terminated or the scope may be amended.  A 30-day written notice will be given to the vendor and there will be no penalty nor removal charges incurred by the City.

17.    VENUE

Both parties agree that venue for any litigation arising from this contract will lie in El Paso, El Paso County, Texas.

18.    ADDITIONAL REMEDY FOR HEALTH OR SAFETY VIOLATION

If the Manager of Purchasing determines that Contractor’s default constitutes an immediate threat to the health or safety of City employees or members of the public he may give written notice to Contractor of such determination giving Contractor a reasonable opportunity to cure the default which shall be a period of time not less than 24 hours.  If the Contractor has not cured the violation within the time stated in the notice, the City shall have the right to terminate the contract immediately and obtain like services as necessary to preserve or protect the public health or safety from another vendor in substitution for those due from the Contractor at a cost determined by reasonable informal procurement procedures. The City may recover the difference between the cost of substitute services and the contract price from Contractor as damages.  The City may deduct the damages from Contractor’s account for services rendered prior to the Notice of Violation or for services rendered by Contractor pursuant to a different contract or pursue any other lawful means of recovery.  The failure of the City to obtain substitute services and charge the Contractor under this clause is not a bar to any other remedy available for default.

19.    COMPREHENSIVE GENERAL LIABILITY INSURANCE

For the duration of this contract and any extension hereof, Contractor shall carry in a solvent company authorized to do business in Texas, comprehensive general liability insurance in the following amounts:

$1,000,000.00 – Per Occurrence
$1,000,000.00 – General Aggregate
$1,000,000.00 – Products/Completed Operations-Occurrence & Aggregate

With respect to the above-required insurance, the City of El Paso and its officers and employees shall be named as additional insured as their interests may appear.  The City shall be provided with sixty (60) calendar days advance notice, in writing, of any cancellation or material change. The City shall be provided with certificates of insurance evidencing the above required insurance prior to the commencement of this contract and thereafter with certificates evidencing renewal or replacement of said policies of insurance at least fifteen (15) calendar days prior to the expiration or cancellation of any such policies.

Notices and Certificates required by this clause shall be provided to:

City of El Paso
Financial Services Department/Purchasing & Strategic Sourcing Department
2 Civic Center Plaza, 7th Floor
El Paso, Texas  79901-1196


Please refer to Bid Number/Contract Number and Title in all correspondence.

Failure to submit insurance certification may result in contract cancellation.

20.    WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

For the duration of this contract and any extension hereof, Contractor shall carry Workers' Compensation and Employers' Liability Insurance in the amount required by Texas law: $500,000.00.  Out-of-state Contractors that provide goods through US mail, UPS, etc. are exempt from this requirement.

21.    COMPLIANCE WITH NON-DISCRIMINATION LAWS

The Contractor agrees that it, its employees, officers, agents, and subcontractors, will comply with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations and local ordinances of the City of El Paso in the performance of this Contract, including, but not limited to, the American with Disabilities Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, or any environmental laws.

The Contractor further agrees that it, its employees, officers, agents, and subcontractors will not engage in any employment practices that have the effect of discriminating against employees or prospective employees because of sex, race, religion, age, disability, ethnic background or national origin, or political belief or affiliation of such person, or refuse, deny, or withhold from any person, for any reason directly or indirectly, relating to the race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic background or national origin of such person, any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities, or services offered to the general public by place of public accommodation.

22.    RIGHT TO AUDIT

The Contractor agrees that the City shall, until the expiration of three (3) years after final payment under this Contract, have access to and the right to examine and copy any directly pertinent books, computer and digital files, documents, papers, and records of the Contractor involving transactions relating to this Contract.  Contractor agrees that the City shall have access during normal working hours to all necessary Contractor facilities, and shall be provided adequate and appropriate workspace in order to conduct audits in compliance with the provisions of this section.  The City shall give Contractor reasonable advance notice of intended audits.  The City will pay Contractor for reasonable costs of any copying the City performs on the Contractor’s equipment or requests the Contractor to provide.  The Contractor agrees to refund to the City any overpayments disclosed by any such audit.

The Contractor agrees that it will include this requirement into any subcontract entered into in connection with this Contract.

23.    CONTRACTOR TO PACKAGE GOODS

The Contractor will package goods according to good commercial practice.  Each shipping container will be clearly and permanently marked as follows:  (a) Contractor's name and address;  (b) Consignee's name, address and purchase order; (c) Container number and total number of containers, e.g., "box 1 of 4 boxes"; and (d) the number of the container bearing the packing slip.  The Contractor will bear cost of packaging unless otherwise provided.  Goods will be suitably packed to secure lowest transportation costs and to conform to requirements of common carriers and any applicable specifications.  The City's count or weight will be final and conclusive on shipments not accompanied by packing lists.

24.    SHIPMENT UNDER RESERVATION PROHIBITED

The Contractor is not authorized to ship the goods under reservation and no tender of a bill of lading will operate as a tender of goods.

25.    DELIVERY TERMS AND TRANSPORTATION CHARGES

F.O.B. Destination Freight Prepaid unless delivery terms are specified otherwise in bid; the City agrees to reimburse the Contractor for transportation costs in the amount specified in the Contractor's bid, or actual costs, whichever is lower, if the quoted delivery terms do not include transportation costs, provided the City will have the right to designate what method of transportation will be used to ship the goods.

26.    TITLE & RISK OF LOSS

The title and risk of loss of the goods will not pass to the City until the City actually receives and takes possession of the goods at the point or points of delivery.

27.    RIGHT OF INSPECTION

The City will have the right to inspect the goods at delivery before accepting them.

28.    NO REPLACEMENT OF DEFECTIVE TENDER

Every tender or delivery of goods must fully comply with all provisions of this contract as to time of delivery, quality and the like.  If a tender is made which does not fully conform, this will constitute a breach and the Contractor will not have the right to substitute a conforming tender, provided, where the time for performance has not yet expired, the Contractor may reasonably notify the City of his intention to cure and may then make a conforming tender within the contract time but not afterward.

29.    PLACE OF DELIVERY

The place of delivery will be that set forth in the solicitation.  The terms of this contract are "no arrival, no sale.”

30.    WARRANTY-PRODUCT

The Contractor will not limit or exclude any implied warranties and any attempt to do so will render this contract voidable at the option of the City.  Contractor warrants that the goods furnished will conform to the specifications, drawings and descriptions listed in the bid invitation, and to the sample(s) furnished by Contractor, if any.  In case of a conflict between the specifications, drawings and descriptions, the drawings and descriptions will govern.

31.    SAFETY WARRANTY

Contractor warrants that the product sold to the City will conform to the standards promulgated by the US Department of Labor under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.  In the event the product does not conform to OSHA standards, the City may return the product for correction or replacement at the Contractor's expense.  In the event the Contractor fails to make the appropriate correction within reasonable time, correction made by the City will be at the Contractor's expense.

32.    NO WARRANTY BY THE CITY AGAINST INFRINGEMENTS

As part of this contract for sale Contractor agrees to ascertain whether goods manufactured according to the specifications attached to this contract will cause the rightful claim of any third person by way of infringement or the like.  The City makes no warranty that the production of goods according to the specification will not give rise to such a claim and in no event will the City be liable to the Contractor for indemnification if Contractor is sued on the grounds of infringement or the like.  If Contractor is of the opinion that an infringement or the like will result, he will notify the City to this effect in writing within two weeks after the signing of this contract.  If the City does not receive notice and is subsequently held liable for the infringement or the like, the Contractor will save the City harmless (if the Contractor in good faith ascertains that production of goods according to the specifications will result in infringement or the like, this contract will be null and void except that the City will pay the Contractor the reasonable cost of his search as to infringements).

33.    FTA Clause (Applies to any Purchase Order using Federal funds)

A. Anti-Kickback Rules
Salaries of contractors, architects, draftsmen, technical engineers, and technicians performing work under this Agreement shall be paid unconditionally and not less often than once a month without deduction or rebate on any account except only such payroll deductions as are mandatory by law or permitted by the applicable regulations issued by the Secretary of Labor pursuant to the "Anti-Kickback Act" of June 13, 1934 (48 Stat. 948; 62 Stat. 740; 63 Stat. 108; Title 18 U.S.C., Sec. 874; and Title 40 U.S.C., Sec. 276c).  The Contractor shall comply with all applicable "Anti-Kickback" regulations and shall insert appropriate provisions in all subcontracts covering work under this Agreement to ensure compliance by subcontractors with such regulations, and shall be responsible for the submission of affidavits required of subcontractors thereunder except as the Secretary of Labor may specifically provide for variations of or exemptions from the requirements thereof.
B. Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
The goal for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation for this project is ten percent (10%).
1. Policy:  It is the policy of the Department of Transportation (DOT) that disadvantaged business enterprises as defined in 49 CFR Part 23, and as amended in Section 1061(c) of the Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1987, shall have the maximum opportunity to participate in the performance of contracts financed in whole or part with federal funds under this Agreement.  Consequently, the DBE requirements of 49 CFR Part 23 and Section 1061(c) of the Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1987 apply to this Agreement.
2. DBE Obligation:  The Contractor or its representative agrees to ensure that disadvantaged business enterprises as defined in 49 CFR Part 23 and Section 1061(c) of the Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1987 have the maximum opportunity to participate in the performance of contracts and subcontracts financed in whole or in part with federal funds provided under this Agreement.  In this regard, the Contractor or its representative shall take all the necessary and reasonable steps in accordance with 49 CFR Part 23 and Section 1061(c) of the Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1987 to ensure that DBEs have the maximum opportunity to compete for and perform contracts.  The Contractor shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex in the award and performance of DOT-assisted contracts.
Part 23 and Section 1061(c) of the Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1987 apply to this Agreement.
C. Title VI Compliance
    During the performance of this Agreement, the Contractor, for itself, its assignees and successors in interest, hereinafter referred to as the "Contractor", agrees as follows:
1. Compliance with Regulations:  The Contractor shall comply with the regulations relative to nondiscrimination in federally-assisted programs of the Department of Transportation, Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 21, as they may be amended from time to time (hereinafter referred to as the "Regulations") which are herein incorporated by reference and made a part of this Agreement.
2. Nondiscrimination:  The Contractor, with regard to the work performed by it during the Agreement, and in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. §2000d, Section 303 of the Age Discrimination Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. §6102 Section of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §12132, and Federal Transit Law at 49 U.S.C. §5332, shall not discriminate on the grounds of race, religion, color, creed, sex, age, disability, or national origin in the selection and retention of subcontractors, including procurements of materials and leases of equipment.  The Contractor shall not participate either directly or indirectly in the discrimination prohibited by Section 21.5 of the Regulations, including employment practices when the contract covers a program set forth in Appendix B of the Regulations.
3. Solicitations for Subcontracts, Including Procurements of Materials and Equipment:  In all solicitations either by competitive bidding or negotiation made by the Contractor for work to be performed under a subcontract, including procurements of materials or leases of equipment, each potential subcontractor, or supplier, shall be notified by the Contractor of the Contractor's obligations under this Agreement and the Regulations relative to nondiscrimination on the grounds of race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, or national origin.
4. Information and Reports:  The Contractor shall provide all information and reports required by the Regulations or directives issued pursuant thereto, and shall permit access to its books, records, accounts, other sources of information, and its facilities as may be determined by the Owner or the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to be pertinent to ascertain compliance with such Regulations, orders and instructions.  Where any information is required, or the Contractor has knowledge of an employee who fails or refuses to furnish this information, the Contractor shall so certify to the Owner or the FTA, as appropriate, and shall set forth what efforts it has made to obtain the information.
5. Sanctions for Noncompliance:  In the event of the Contractor's noncompliance with the nondiscrimination provisions of this Agreement, the Owner shall impose such agreement sanctions as it or the FTA may determine to be appropriate, including, but not limited to:
a) Withholding of payments to the Contractor under the Agreement until the Contractor complies; and/or,
b) Cancellation, termination, or suspension of the Agreement, in whole or in part.
6. Incorporation of Provisions:  The Contractor shall include the provisions of paragraphs I through 6 of this section in every subcontract, including procurements of materials and leases of equipment, unless exempt by the Regulations, or directives issued pursuant thereto.  The Contractor shall take such action with respect to any subcontract or procurement as the Owner or the FTA may direct as a means of enforcing such provisions including sanctions for noncompliance.  Provided, however, that in the event the Contractor becomes involved in, or is threatened with, litigation with a subcontractor or supplier as a result of such direction, the Contractor may request the Owner to enter into such litigation to protect the interests of the Owner, and, in addition, the Contractor may request the services of the Attorney General in such litigation to protect the interest of the United States.
D. Interest of Members of, or Delegates to, Congress
In accordance with 18 U.S. C., Sec. 431, no member of, or delegates to, the Congress of the United States shall be admitted to a share of part of this Agreement or any benefit arising therefrom.
E. Lobbying
The Contractor certifies, to the best of his or her knowledge and belief, that:
1. Federal Appropriated Funds:  No Federal appropriated funds have been paid or will be paid, by or on behalf of the undersigned, to any person for influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of an agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in connection with the awarding of any Federal contract, the making of any Federal grant, the making of any Federal loan, the entering into of any cooperative agreement, and the extension, continuation, renewal, amendment, or modification of any Federal contract, grant, loan, or cooperative agreement.
2. Other Funds:  If any funds other than Federal appropriated funds have been paid or will be paid to any person for making lobbying contacts to an officer or employee of any agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in connection with this Federal contract, grant, loan, or cooperative agreement, the undersigned shall complete and submit Standard Form--LLL, "Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying," in accordance with its instructions [as amended by "Government wide Guidance for New Restrictions on Lobbying," 61 Fed. Reg. 1413 (1/19/96). Note: Language in paragraph (b) herein has been modified in accordance with Section 10 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 (P.L. 104-65, to be codified at 2 U.S.C. 1601, et seq .)]
3. Required Language [Sub awards]:  The Contractor  shall require that the language of this certification be included in the award documents for all sub awards at all tiers (including subcontracts, sub grants, and contracts under grants, loans, and cooperative agreements) and that all sub recipients shall certify and disclose accordingly.
This certification is a material representation of fact upon which reliance was placed when this transaction was made or entered into. Submission of this certification is a prerequisite for making or entering into this transaction imposed by 31, U.S.C. § 1352 (as amended by the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995). Any person who fails to file the required certification shall be subject to a civil penalty of not less than $10,000 and not more than $100,000 for each such failure.
F. Davis-Bacon Wages
In preparation of his cost estimates and the Project budget, described in Sec. VI, Part C., and Sec. VI, Part D., hereof, the Contractor shall base such estimates and the project budget on the premise that the regulations and requirements enumerated in 29 CFR Part 5, Subpart A (Davis-Bacon and Related Act) apply to the project and must be followed and obeyed by the selected contractor.
G. Conservation
The Contractor shall recognize mandatory standards and policies relating to energy efficiency which are contained in the State energy conservation plan issued in compliance with the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, 42 U.S.C., Sec.6321, et seq.  The Energy Conservation requirements are applicable to all contracts.
H. Reporting, Record Retention and Access
1. Access to Records:  The Contractor agrees to provide the Owner, the FTA Administrator, the Comptroller General of the United States or any of their authorized representatives access to any books, documents, papers and records of the Contractor which are directly pertinent to this contract for the purposes of making audits, examinations, excerpts and transcriptions.  Contractor also agrees, pursuant to 49 C.F.R. 633.17 to provide the  FTA Administrator or his authorized representatives, including any PMO Contractor, access to Contractor’s records and construction sites pertaining to a major capital project, defined at 49 U.S.C. 5302(a)1, which is receiving federal financial assistance through the programs described at 49 U.S.C. 5307, 5309, or 5311.  The Contractor agrees to permit any of the foregoing parties to reproduce by any means whatsoever or to copy excerpts and transcriptions as reasonably needed.
2. Maintenance of Records:  The Contractor agrees to maintain all books, records, accounts and reports required under this contract for a period of not less than three years after the date of termination or expiration of this contract, except in the event of litigation or settlement of claims arising from the performance of this contract, in which case Contractor agrees to maintain same until the Owner, the FTA Administrator, the Comptroller General, or any of their duly authorized representatives, have disposed of all such litigation, appeals, claims or exceptions related thereto. 
I.  Clean Water Requirements
1.  The Contractor agrees to comply with all applicable standards, orders or regulations issued pursuant to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, as amended, 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.  and further agrees to report each violation  of these requirements resulting from any Project implementation activity of the Contractor to the FTA and the appropriate EPA Regional Office.
2.  The Contractor also agrees to include these requirements in all of its subcontracts.
J. Clean Air
1.  The Contractor agrees to comply with all applicable standards, orders or regulations issued pursuant to the Clean Air Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. §§ 7401 et seq.  and further agrees to report each violation of these requirements resulting from any Project implementation activity of the Contractor to the FTA and the appropriate EPA Regional Office.
2.  The Contractor also agrees to include these requirements in subcontract.
K. Conflict of Interest
No employee, officer, or agent of the Owner shall participate in selection, or in the award or administration of an agreement if a conflict of interest, real or apparent, would be involved.  Such a conflict would arise when:
1.  The employee, officer or agent.
2.  Any member of his immediate family,
3.  His or her partner, or
4.  An organization which employs, or is about to employ, has a financial or other interest in the firm selected for award.
The Owner's officers, employees, or agents shall neither solicit nor accept gratuities, favors or anything of monetary value from the Contractor, potential contractors, or parties of subcontracts.
L. Debarred
The Contractor, including any of its officers or holders of a controlling interest, is obligated to inform the Owner whether or not it, or any or its subcontractors or agents, is or has been on any debarred bidders' list maintained by the United States government.  Should the Contractor be included on such a list during the performance of this Project, it shall so inform the Owner.  The Contractor hereby certifies that it and its subcontractors are not presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from any of the covered transactions by any Federal Department or agency.
M. Termination of Grant
Should this Agreement be terminated as a result of cancellation of federal funding covering this Project, the Owner will promptly notify the Contractor of the cancellation by certified mail-return receipt requested, whereupon the Contractor shall immediately, on receipt of the letter, cease and desist from performing any other work or services hereunder.  In such an event, the Contractor will be paid for professional services performed to said date upon furnishing the Owner a progress report and an invoice to such date, and upon acceptance of the work by the Owner.
N. Federal Changes
Contractor shall at all times comply with all applicable FTA regulations, policies, procedures and directives, including without limitation those listed directly or by reference in the Agreement (Form FTA MA (2) dated October, 1995) between Owner and FTA , as they may be amended or promulgated from time to time during the term of this contract. Contractor's failure to so comply shall constitute a material breach of this contract.
O. No Obligation by the Federal Government.
1.  The Contractor acknowledges and agrees that, notwithstanding any concurrence by the Federal Government in or approval of the solicitation or award of the underlying contract, absent the express written consent by the Federal Government, the Federal Government is not a party to this contract and shall not be subject to any obligations or liabilities to the Owner, Contractor, or any other party (whether or not a party to that contract) pertaining to any matter resulting from the underlying contract.
2.  The Contractor agrees to include the above clause in each subcontract financed in whole or in part with Federal assistance provided by FTA. It is further agreed that the clause shall not be modified, except to identify the subcontractor who will be subject to its provisions.
P. Program Fraud and False or Fraudulent Statements or Related Acts.
1.  The Contractor acknowledges that the provisions of the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act of 1986, as amended, 31 U.S.C. § § 3801 et seq . and U.S. DOT regulations, "Program Fraud Civil Remedies," 49 C.F.R. Part 31, apply to its actions pertaining to this Project. Upon execution of the underlying contract, the Contractor certifies or affirms the truthfulness and accuracy of any statement it has made, it makes, it may make, or causes to be made, pertaining to the underlying contract or the FTA assisted project for which this contract work is being performed. In addition to other penalties that may be applicable, the Contractor further acknowledges that if it makes, or causes to be made, a false, fictitious, or fraudulent claim, statement, submission, or certification, the Federal Government reserves the right to impose the penalties of the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act of 1986 on the Contractor to the extent the Federal Government deems appropriate.
2.  The Contractor also acknowledges that if it makes, or causes to be made, a false, fictitious, or fraudulent claim, statement, submission, or certification to the Federal Government under a contract connected with a project that is financed in whole or in part with Federal assistance originally awarded by FTA under the authority of 49 U.S.C. § 5307, the Government reserves the right to impose the penalties of 18 U.S.C. § 1001 and 49 U.S.C. § Government deems appropriate.
3.  The Contractor agrees to include the above two clauses in each subcontract financed in whole or in part with Federal assistance provided by FTA. It is further agreed that the clauses shall not be modified, except to identify the subcontractor who will be subject to the provisions.
Q. Incorporation of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Terms
The preceding provisions include, in part, certain Standard Terms and Conditions required by DOT, whether or not expressly set forth in the preceding contract provisions. All contractual provisions required by DOT, as set forth in FTA Circular 4220.1E, dated June 19, 2003, are hereby incorporated by reference. Anything to the contrary herein notwithstanding, all FTA mandated terms shall be deemed to control in the event of a conflict with other provisions contained in this Agreement. The Contractor shall not perform any act, fail to perform any act, or refuse to comply with any requests from Owner which would cause Owner to be in violation of the FTA terms and conditions.
R. Protest Procedures
In the event that a bidder or Proposer desires to protest the procurement (bid or proposal) or an award, the following procedures must be followed:
1. General
Any protest must be submitted in writing.  A fax is allowable as long as a formal written document with original signatures is also submitted.  The outside of the transmittal envelope must be clearly marked "PROTEST".  All protests shall clearly state the name of the protester, the solicitation, bid or contract title and number.  The protest must be fully supported by technical data or other pertinent information that will delineate why the protest is being lodged.  Protests filed after the deadline shall be dismissed.
The City of El Paso’s objective is to resolve all formal protests as soon as practical. Nothing in this procedure should be construed as requiring a formal protest if a vendor wishes to clarify or discuss standards or procedures relating to the procurement process.
1.1     Submission for Protest of Procurement
Any protest of the procurement must be submitted in writing to the City Procurement Representative and received no later than five (5) working days before the scheduled closing date for receipt of proposals or bids.  This includes protests based upon:
·   Restrictive or exclusionary specifications,
·   Challenges to the bid or proposal specifications,
·   Evaluation procedures,
·   Terms and conditions of the solicitation package.
1.2     Submission for Protest of Award
Any protest of the award must be submitted in writing to the City Procurement Representative received by no later than five (5) working days (exclusive of Saturday, Sunday, and federal and other holidays observed by the City of El Paso) after receipt of notice of the award.
1.3     Response
The City Procurement Representative shall respond to the protest within five (5) working days (exclusive of Saturday, Sunday, and federal and other holidays observed by the City of El Paso) from the receipt date of the written protest.
1.4     FTA Notification – Upon receipt of a protest, the City Procurement Representative shall notify FTA of the protest. All protest activities will be logged in the Procurement Narrative.
Options – The City Procurement Representative has the option to:
·   Extend the time provided for each step of the protest procedure,
·   Postpone the bid or proposal opening,
·   Extend the date of notice of award, or
·   Postpone the award of contract if deemed appropriate for protest resolution.
All active parties will be notified in writing if an option is elected.
2. Appeal of Determination
If the City Procurement Representative's response is not satisfactory, the protester may appeal in writing to the City Manager of El Paso within five (5) working days (exclusive of Saturday, Sunday, and federal and other holidays observed by the City of El Paso) from the date of receipt of the Procurement Representative’s response.  The City Manager will respond in writing within ten (10) working days (exclusive of Saturday, Sunday, and federal and other holidays observed by the City of El Paso) from the date of receipt of appeal.
The decision rendered by the City Manager shall be the final decision of the City of El Paso.
3. FTA Review of Protest
Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) protest procedures are found in FTA Circular 4220.1E.  If federal funding is involved, FTA will review protests from a third party only when:
·   The City failed to have or follow its protest procedures, or
·   The City failed to review a complaint or protest.
·   Violations of federal law or regulations and the standards of 49 CFR Part 18.36(b)(12).
 
The FTA regional office must receive an appeal within five (5) working days of the receipt of the decision of the City by the protester.
A protester must exhaust all administrative remedies with the City before pursuing a protest with FTA.
Violations of Federal law or regulation will be handled by the complaint process stated within that law or regulation.  Violations of State or local law or regulations will be under the jurisdiction of State or local authorities.
S. Buy America Requirements
The contractor agrees to comply with 49 U.S.C. 5323(j) and 49 C.F.R. Part 661, which provide that Federal funds may not be obligated unless steel, iron, and manufactured products used in FTA-funded projects are produced in the United States, unless a waiver has been granted by FTA or the product is subject to a general waiver. General waivers are listed in 49 C.F.R. 661.7, and include microcomputer equipment and software. Separate requirements for rolling stock are set out at 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(2)(C) and 49 C.F.R. 661.11. Rolling stock must be assembled in the United States and have a 60 percent domestic content.
A bidder or offeror must submit to the FTA recipient the appropriate Buy America certification with all bids or offers on FTA-funded contracts, except those subject to a general waiver. Bids or offers that are not accompanied by a completed Buy America certification must be rejected as nonresponsive. This requirement does not apply to lower tier subcontractors.


 
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