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Title 7Subtitle BChapter XVIIPart 1753Subpart G → §1753.57


Title 7: Agriculture
PART 1753—TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM CONSTRUCTION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Subpart G—Outside Plant Major Construction by Force Account


§1753.57   Procedures.

(a) The request. (1) The borrower shall submit to RUS a certified copy of the board resolution or a letter signed by an authorized corporate official requesting approval to use the force account method of construction. The request shall state the advantages of the force account method of construction and provide the following information:

(i) The scope of the construction to be undertaken, stating briefly the facilities and equipment to be installed and other pertinent data.

(ii) The name and qualifications of the construction supervisor who will be directly in charge of construction, the names and qualifications of the construction foremen, and the availability of qualified construction personnel. The construction supervisor must have at least 5 years outside plant construction experience with at least 2 years at the supervisory level on RUS financed projects. Construction foremen must have at least 3 years of outside plant construction experience.

(iii) The availability of equipment for construction, exclusive of equipment needed for normal operation and maintenance.

(2) [Reserved]

(b) Force Account Proposal (FAP). Upon receiving RUS approval to use the force account method, the borrower, prior to any construction activity or the purchase of materials or equipment, shall submit to RUS two copies of its FAP. The FAP shall consist of:

(1) The RUS Contract Form 515 and appropriate supporting attachments that normally would be provided as plans and specifications for contract construction. See §1753.47.

(2) The cost estimate, using Form 515 as a convenient means of showing the following:

(i) The quantity and cost estimates of the various assembly units required. “Labor and other” cost will not include the cost of engineering, legal, and other professional services, interest during construction, preliminary survey and investigation charges, and right-of-way easement procurement costs.

(ii) A list identifying materials or construction for which loan funds will not be requested.

(3) The estimated completion time.

(c) Storage of materials. All materials ordered for the construction shall be stored separate from normal maintenance materials.

(d) Construction—(1) Preconstruction conference. The borrower shall arrange a conference, attended by the manager, construction supervisor, construction foremen, resident engineer and the GFR prior to the beginning of construction to clarify any questions pertaining to the construction. Notes of the conference shall be provided to each conference participant.

(2) Construction schedule and progress reports. The borrower shall obtain from the engineer a construction schedule and submit one copy to the GFR. The schedule shall include the starting date and a statement indicating that materials are either delivered or deliveries are assured to permit construction to proceed in accordance with the construction schedule. The borrower shall obtain from the engineer progress reports and submit one copy of each to the GFR. RUS Form 521 may be used for the construction schedule and the progress report.

(3) Borrower's management responsibilities. (i) Obtain all right-of-way easements, permits, etc., prior to construction.

(ii) Maintain records on all expenditures for materials, labor, transportation, and other costs of construction, in order that all costs may be fully accounted for upon completion of construction.

(iii) Ensure that all the required inspections and tests are made.

(4) Engineer's responsibilities. (i) Inspect and inventory construction as completed.

(ii) Require timely corrections and cleanup.

(iii) Perform acceptance tests as construction is completed.

(iv) Provide “as built” staking sheets of completed construction when the final inspections are made.

(v) Maintain accurate and current inventories of completed construction.

(5) Construction supervisor's responsibilities. (i) Correct construction errors as construction progresses.

(ii) Maintain an accurate inventory of completed construction.

(iii) Perform cleanup as construction is completed.

(iv) Perform all the inspections and acceptance tests a contractor would be required to make under the construction contract.

(v) Promptly perform cleanup required after final inspection.

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