There are two preapproved engineering agreements available.
USDA has worked with the Engineers Joint Contract Document Council (EJCDC)
to develop a set of documents with Federal requirements included.
Please use the EJCDC 2002 or EJCDC 2008 engineering agreements.
Otherwise contact the State Engineer for more information.
- EJCDC E-500 (2008):
This agreement is also acceptable for Water and Wastewater Disposal projects. It shall be used in accordance with RD Bulletin 1780.
- RD Bulletin 1780-26
(PDF): Guide on using the EJCDC E-500
- RD Bulletin 1780-26
(WORD): Guide on using the EJCDC E-500
- EJCDC E-510 (2002): This agreement is acceptable however, it is out of print and can only be used if purchased prior to 2008.
- RD Bulletin 1780-26 (2002): Guide on using the E-510.
- Property Docket Guide: What is
required to complete the
property docket. This must be completed after obligation and
RD 442-20: Property Docket Form, Right-of-Way
RD 442-21: Property Docket Form, Right-of-Way
RD 442-22: Property Docket Form, Opinion of Counsel
Relative to Rights-of-Way-Attorney's Responsibility.
RD 1927-09: Property Docket Form, Preliminary Title
RD 1927-10: Property Docket Form, Final Title
RD Instructions 1780: Design standards and project
development regulations are in Section 57. Plans and
specifications shall be submitted to the USDA Rural Development
Engineer for review of these standards.
- RD Instruction 1792: To meet seismic requirements all
buildings must be designed according to 1997 Uniform Building Code
or the 1995 ASCE 7 Standard. This should be noted on the front
sheet of the plans or use
Form 1792-C NE.
Water and Waste Disposal Construction Contracts
USDA Rural Development is required to have the Office of General
Counsel (OGC) approve all construction contracts. There are
three OGC preapproved contracts.
- Engineers Joint Contract Document Council (EJCDC) 2002
Funding Agency Edition and 2008 Standard Versions are acceptable:
Guides are available for consultants on how to use the EJCDC
construction contract documents. The FA edition can be
purchased from the organizations mentioned at
this link. All
the following EJCDC forms should be purchased and used according to
the Bulletin's Attachments. There are some forms unique to
USDA Rural Development, please download them from the links that
- RD Bulletin 1780-26 (2008) and
RD Bulletin 1780-26 (2002)
- Advertise for Bids: Follow Bulletin's Attachment
- Instructions to Bidders: EJCDC C-200(02) or Attachment F
- Bid Form: EJCDC C-410(02) or Attachment G
- Bid Bond: EJCDC C-430(02) or C-430(07)
- Notice of Award: C-510(02) or C-510(07)
- Agreement: EJCDC C-521(02) or
- Performance Bond: EJCDC C-610(02) or C-610(10)
- Payment Bond: EJCDC C-615(02) or C-615(10)
- Notice to Proceed: EJCDC C-550(02) or C-550(07)
Equal Opportunity Employment: Certification that the
contractor is in compliance with EEO laws for contracts over $10,000.
Form AD 1048: Certification that the contractor is not
debarred from doing federal projects over $25,000.
- Disclosure of
Lobbying Activities: Certification that
lobbying activities of the contractor are legal for contracts over
- General Conditions: EJCDC C-710(02) or C-700(07)
- Supplemental General Conditions: EJCDC C-800(02) or
- Certificate of Owner's Attorney: EJCDC C-710(02) Exhibit
GC-A or See Attachment H
- Pay Estimate: EJCDC C-620(02) or C-620(07)
- Change Order: EJCDC C-941(02) or C-941(07)
Construction Sign: This is the Temporary construction sign
- USDA Rural Development 1924-6 Short Form Construction
Permission from the USDA Rural Development Engineer must be
obtained before using this short form. These are for contracts
Post Construction Phase
Any remaining funds can be applied to other needs in some cases.
However, the funds need to be spent within 120 days of the final
inspection. We recommend a proposal to spend remaining funds
be discussed at the pre-final inspection and requested prior to
final inspection. Construction should be done within 120 days.
Guidance can be found at
NE AN 2409-Unused Project Funds for Water
and Wastewater Projects. RUS Instruction 1780.
Contact the State