Federal/Heavy

August 3, 2012
A final rule to implement a Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act requirement affecting federal contractors will go into effect on Aug. 27, 2012. Under the new rule promulgated by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council, federal contractors will be required to report the names and total compensation of the five most highly compensated officers under certain circumstances, as well as awards to first-tier subcontractors above $25,000.
July 31, 2012
House Republican leadership continues to delay consideration of a farm bill, which includes $85 million a year through FY 2017 for the Small Watershed Rehabilitation (SWR) program, the nation’s only dam rehabilitation program. This 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.  
July 23, 2012
On July 16, AGC sent a letter to the House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) and Ranking Democrat Adam Smith (D-Wash.) urging them to encourage the Department of Defense (DOD) to issue its report on counting small business participation at all tiers.
July 20, 2012
On July 16, AGC filed comments on proposed Small Business Administration (SBA) rules on multiple award contracts (MAC), bundling and consolidation. If finalized, the proposed rules would further streamline and clarify SBA regulations on the books regarding MACs and small business set-asides. Although generally supportive of the proposed rules, AGC made the following points:
July 20, 2012
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recently revised the schedule for its safety manual revision—called EM 385-1-1, 2008—to allow for more time for comments from industry stakeholders. AGC will work to provide opportunities for contractors to meet via conference call and/or face-to-face with the USACE on this revision at given points throughout the process. To make a comments on the first draft, click here.
July 13, 2012
On July 12, the House Agriculture Committee approved a farm bill that would authorize $85 million a year through FY 2017 for the Small Watershed Rehabilitation (SWR) program, the nation’s only dam rehabilitation program. This 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.  
July 13, 2012
Prior to the July 4 recess, the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee passed legislation – H.R. 4631, “The GSA Act of 2012” – redressing the proposal that would severely restrict federal agency participation in conferences hosted by private organizations. Working with the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), AGC was the only other organization in the room to meet with House Oversight & Government Reform Committee and House leadership concerning this issue.
June 30, 2012
The General Services Administration  (GSA) recently announced that it is moving the implementation date of the System for Award Management (SAM)—the federal government’s new registration system-- from May 29, 2012, to the end of July 2012. According to GSA, the additional time “will allow federal agencies to continue preparing their staff, give agencies and commercial system providers even more time to test their data transfer connections, and will ensure SAM contains the critical, documented capabilities users need from the system.”
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.

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