Federal/Heavy

January 18, 2013
Since Election Day, AGC has sent nine letters opposing the possible use of project labor agreement (PLA) mandates posted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) around the country.  In the last week alone, AGC has sent letters in response to three USACE PLA inquiries from: (1) the Los Angeles District on a project at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.; (2) the Baltimore District on projects within the Baltimore-Washington Corridor; and (3) the Louisville District on a project at Fort Campbell, Ky.
January 16, 2013
On Jan. 14, AGC hosted representatives from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, General Services Administration and Department of Veterans Affairs to participate in a roundtable discussion with industry groups on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) consideration of new nationwide rules that would expand and strengthen the current federal Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Program requirements. Specifically, EPA is looking at expanding the LRRP Program to include renovations of both the exteriors and interiors of public and commercial buildings.
January 12, 2013
The 2013 AGC Federal Contractors Conference will be held April 23-25, 2013, at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. This meeting is the only national event where contractors and federal agency personnel can meet in a collaborative forum to review federal construction contracting issues and trends from around the United States. These insightful and highly productive exchanges have solidified the need for both federal construction contractors and the federal construction agencies to share information on a wide variety of issues, foster better communication, and create real solutions.
January 12, 2013
On Jan. 8, AGC sent two letters opposing government-mandated project labor (PLA) inquiries posted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).  USACE sought industry comments on possible PLAs for projects outside of New Orleans, La. and Los Angeles, Calif. The former project involves levee work as part of the hurricane protection system and the latter is for the replacement of a JP-8 Bulk Fuel Storage at Edwards Air Force Base.
January 6, 2013
On Jan. 3, AGC sent a letter opposing a government-mandated project labor (PLA) inquiry posted by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington.  NAVFAC Washington sought industry comments on a possible PLA for a project at the National Security Agency site in Annapolis, Md. The job is for the construction of a naval medical clinic.
January 4, 2013
An independent review board commissioned by the Department of State (DOS) recently reported that, in light of the Benghazi attacks, DOS facility upgrades must be addressed with additional funding (access report by clicking here).  Among its recommendations, the board recommends that “the State Department work with Congress to restore the Capital Security Cost Sharing Program . . . to approximately $2.2 billion in fiscal year 2015, including an up to ten-year program addressing that need, prioritized for construction of new facilities in high risk, high threat areas.”
December 22, 2012
On Jan. 4, AGC will host a meeting during which AGC members will provide their comments on the second draft of the EM-385 revision (Corps Safety Manual). The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. ET and likely end in the late afternoon. After AGC members discuss their comments to the draft, members will voice their concerns to representatives from both USACE and NAVFAC.
December 22, 2012
On Dec. 19, AGC sent two letters opposing government-mandated project labor (PLA) inquiries posted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The USACE Wilmington District sought industry comments on two possible PLAs for projects at Fort Bragg, N.C. The jobs are for the construction of two battalion headquarters and company operations facilities.
December 21, 2012
Following several procedural maneuvers on the Senate floor, consideration of the supplemental appropriation bill for Hurricane Sandy relief and recovery efforts continues.  Under Senate rules, the next step would be a cloture vote to continue debate on the bill.  The cloture vote would require 60 votes to pass.  However, there is no guarantee that a cloture vote will occur.
December 8, 2012
On Dec. 4, the Senate passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2013 (NDAA) by a vote of 98 to 0. As the Senate considerate the legislation, AGC sent a letter to senators urging their inclusion of small business contracting reforms. Among those reforms, AGC especially urged inclusion of: (1) counting small business participation at lower tiers towards the federal small business procurement goals; and (2) addressing the definition a “bundled contract” to include contracts for construction services, thereby forcing federal agencies to justify why they bundle.

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