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AGC will hold a complimentary webinar on sequestration and its potential impact on federal construction contractors on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT.  Unless Congress acts after the election, a process of $109 billion in indiscriminate, across-the-board spending cuts—called sequestration—will occur on Jan. 2, 2013. If sequestration goes into effect, the possible impacts to federal construction contracts, grants and direct payment programs could be far reaching.  To attend the webinar, please complete the online registration form.
New users subscribing to ConsensusDocs set record high numbers as the standard contract document coalition completed its first five years of operation. The coalition, first established in 2007, said it expects to see continued growth in sales as construction activity begins to pick back up after a years-long decline.
As of last week, members who have attended certain AGC events, including National Convention, received one of two surveys we have developed that are designed to help us improve future AGC of America Conventions. We understand that attending an Annual Convention requires a significant investment in time and resources and we want to make sure we offer the kind of programming and activities that most appeal to our members.  The intent is to learn more about why some of our most active members chose to attend the convention while other, equally active members, do not attend the convention. The input we receive will help us craft even more effective and appealing convention agendas for the years to come. 
This Thursday, Sept. 20, at 2:00 p.m. EST, leading practitioners of Lean Workstructuring will provide their perspectives on how their organizations use Lean Practices – specifically related to Workstructuring – to improve the delivery of projects. The unique perspectives of the three panelists will provide a depth of understanding how these practices can be applied to other organizations. Workstructuring seeks to eliminate waste on the jobsite or in offices by improving productivity through the elimination (or at least reduction) of workers waiting on work or work waiting on workers. 
On Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, ConsensusDocs will be offering free insight into their new technology platform. There is a better way to build, and ConsensusDocs is transforming contractual negotiations in the design and construction industry with the launch of a new open and collaborative technology platform. Technology has long been harnessed to improve safety, efficiency and quality in construction - now ConsensusDocs has utilized the advantages of technology to simplify project cooperation for improved and expedited contract negotiations that will speed the time to construction and fairly allocate risk, while reducing costly contingencies and adversarial negotiations.
The next webinar in AGC’s 8-part webinar series, titled “Walking the Compliance Tightrope: How to Meet the Strict Legal Standards for Government Work,” will focus on preventing illegal gratuities, kickbacks and bribes.  This webinar will take place on Sept. 13 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT.
The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA), the national trade association representing utility and excavation contractors, joined the ConsensusDocs Coalition, and has become the 37th member of this unique coalition that produces best practice contracts for the design and construction industry.
Construction professionals will be able to take a wide range of mandatory and optional safety training programs online thanks to a new collaboration between the Associated General Contractors of America and ClickSafety, which is authorized by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to provide its online Outreach Training Program. Association officials added that the collaboration will provide a range of online construction-related safety courses, including the mandatory OSHA 10- and 30-hour safety training programs for employees of its member firms.
ConsensusDocs is pleased to provide a free podcast regarding the new ConsensusDocs 246 Owner and Geotechnical Consultant Agreement.  All members of a design and construction team have an interest in assuring that all project participants have the proper contractual foundation, and the ConsensusDocs 246 was designed to provide that foundation for owners and their geotechnical consultants.  The standard language of the 246 recognizes the unique nature of those services and addresses the critical issues involved.
Iowa’s Department of Administration Services (DAS) has begun using standard contract documents developed by ConsensusDocs as the basis for its building contracts.  The state agency, which typically oversees 200 projects and $200 million worth of construction projects annually, is the latest in a series of construction owners to embrace the contract documents.