Federal/Heavy

June 30, 2012
On June 21, the Senate passed a farm bill that would authorize $425 million—$85 million per year for five years—for the nation’s only dam rehabilitation program. The Small Watershed Rehabilitation program assists local communities with improving aging flood control dams, thereby helping to address public health and safety needs before a tragic dam failure occurs.
June 30, 2012
The General Services Administration (GSA) will issue a recommendation in the fall on whether the federal government should: (1) continue using a third-party certification system as the primary federal standard for energy-saving green buildings; and (2) determine if other certification systems, besides LEED, should be accepted.
June 27, 2012
Administration officials significantly underestimated the cost to construction employers of proposed new hiring quotas for federal contractors according to a new analysis released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. According to the analysis, a proposed new hiring quota for the disabled would cost employers 30 times more than officials predict while a new hiring quota for veterans would cost employers 20 times more than originally estimated.
June 23, 2012
On June 20, the House Appropriations Committee approved a funding measure that would provide $50 million for the General Services Administration’s (GSA) construction account—the same as FY 2012 levels, but $6 million below the president’s budget request. This account funds the project cost of design, construction and management of new federal GSA facilities. 
June 23, 2012
On June 19, House Republicans took aim at the pace of the Obama administration’s effort to sell underutilized federal government properties. Holding a field hearing at a General Services Administration (GSA) owned heating plant in Washington, D.C.’s historic Georgetown, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) and Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) said the agency was not moving quickly enough to dispose of unused properties in its portfolio.
June 15, 2012
Today, the U.S. Senate delayed consideration of a farm bill that would authorize $150 million for the nation’s only dam rehabilitation program. The stalemate came as a result of lawmakers’ inability to reach agreement on the number of amendments to be offered on the legislation.
June 10, 2012
Yesterday, the House approved the FY 2013 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies appropriations bill totaling $32.1 billion – a cut of $965 million below the President’s budget request. The legislation provides the annual funding for the various agencies and programs under the Department of Energy (DOE) and other agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and its civil works program.
June 10, 2012
On May 31, the House passed the FY 2013 Military Constriction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill, providing $71.7 billion in discretionary funding for military construction and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This funding level matches the FY 2012 enacted level, but falls $694 million below President Obama’s FY 2013 request.
June 1, 2012
Later this evening, Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) is expected to offer an amendment to the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs (MilCon/VA) Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2013 (H.R. 5854) that would remove a provision that eliminates government-mandated project labor agreements on federal construction contracts. AGC sent this letter to the House today urging  opposition to the amendment.
May 26, 2012
Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick officially assumed command as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' 53rd commanding general on May 22. Previously, Bostick served as Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, U.S. Army. In April 2011, the U.S. Defense Department announced his nomination to the rank of Lieutenant General as well as his assignment as Commanding General, Corps of Engineers, and Chief Engineer of the U.S. Army.

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