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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced in the Federal Register a 60-day period for the submission of information on conceptual Public-Private Partnership (P3) delivery of specific Corps Civil Works projects.

Information must be submitted to Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on or before midnight, April 2, to be eligible for consideration.

In support of President Trump’s initiative on building U.S. infrastructure and the direction provided by Congress in the Fiscal 2018 Appropriations Act Conference Report, the assistant secretary of the army for civil works has directed Corps Civil Works to establish a Public-Private Partnership (P3) pilot program.

As part of this effort the Corps has opened the 60-day window for the submission of conceptual P3 efforts for Corps Civil Works projects. The goal of the pilot program is to demonstrate new delivery methods that can reduce the cost and time of project delivery.

A P3 generally refers to a long-term contractual relationship between a public sector contracting authority and a private sector entity for the financing and delivery of public infrastructure and/or the provision of public services. This can be done as any combination of design, build, finance, operate and/or maintain.

Civil Works is to identify up to 10 P3 pilot projects based on specific screening and selection criteria. The pilots will inform future program policy and direction.

Additional information about the request for P3 project proposals, including information requirements for proposals, how to submit proposals, and screening and selection criteria, is in the Federal Register notice at here.

Implementation guidance for the development, coordination and selections for the P3 pilot program and other relevant information can be found on the Corps Civil Works P3 website.

Two webinars to answer questions about the notice and pilot program have been scheduled:  February 7, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern, at https://usace.webex.com/usace/j.php?MTID=m92687721eb63aed457bbb2352037dcd0.  and February  13,  from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern at https://usace.webex.com/usace/j.php?MTID=mbcf50fd1be492a8107e34e2dd2b2b98c. To dial in to either of the webinars, call (888) 273-3658. Enter the access code 8350039 and security code 0039 when prompted