The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) this week extended for one year a pilot program allowing state DOTs to include a geographic-based (local) hiring preference as a contract requirement on federally-assisted highway construction projects. The pilot was originally set to expire on March 6, 2015. When first proposed US DOT simultaneously proposed a new rule allowing the use of local hire requirements on a permanent basis. Thus far eight states have asked for and received permission to use local hire requirements as part of the FHWA pilot program. US DOT has indicated that it intends to approve and evaluate the results of these projects under the pilot program before deciding how to proceed with its proposed rule.