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Phyllis Harden

Legislative & Special Projects, Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel
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December 16, 2010
As a result of the November election and Republican control of the House in the next session, the GOP is planning to utilize the oversight function of all standing Committees to seriously evaluate the Obama administration’s regulatory agenda.  
November 18, 2010
Senate and House Republicans took two different approaches this week on banning earmarks. While Senate Republicans passed a nonbinding resolution to not request earmarks, House Republicans approved a rule change that would ban the insertion of earmarks in legislation for the 112th Congress. Under the new rules passed by House leaders, Democrats must also adhere to the ban.
November 15, 2010
LEED Gold certification, the the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program's second highest rating, is becoming the new standard for all federal building projects. This is one level up from the previous LEED Silver certification requirements.  GSA reports that more efficient government buildings can have a significant impact on the environment. To read more about the LEED system and GSA's green mission, click here.
October 1, 2010

On September 27, President Obama signed the Small Business Jobs & Credit Act of 2010, enacting numerous tax breaks for small businesses and several significant contracting reform provisions that will have a wide-reaching impact on federal contractors.

September 2, 2010
The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has upheld OSHA's multi-employer citation policyin a reversal of a decision the Commission made during the previous administration. Under the policy, OSHA inspectors may cite employers on multi-employer worksites for violations that do not expose their own workers to occupational hazards.
September 1, 2010
On August 31, 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration published interim final rules that will help protect workers who voice safety, health, and security concerns. The regulations, which establish procedures for handling worker retaliation complaints, allow filing by phone as well as in writing and filing in languages other than English.  To view the complete rule click here Federal Register.
August 19, 2010

Solicitations requiring bidders on certain U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) construction projects to submit an executed project labor agreement (PLA) prompted AGC to write and call agency officials expressing strong concern.  On August 18, the agency called AGC to announce that it was withdrawing the PLA requirement and to thank AGC for educating them on the issue.

July 16, 2010
An interim rule was issued that brings many of the reporting requirements first made public in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to the broader scope of federal contracting. The rule calls for reporting executive compensation and first-tier subcontract awards if the prime contractor and its subcontractors meet certain thresholds. It is based on the same point of law, the amended Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (a product of then-Senator Obama and Senator Tom Coburn [R-Okla.]).
July 16, 2010
AGC submitted comments this week on an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) issued May 13, titled Enhancing Contract Transparency.
June 21, 2010
Three of the five rules from the Federal Acquisition Regulation Councils that govern the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act were released this week. Final versions of the rules governing GAO/IG access to contractors and their employees, whistleblower protections, and publicizing contract actions now permanently govern Recovery Act contracts.


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