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March 24, 2016

AGC submitted comments on the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council’s proposed rule to require prime contractors to self-report late or reduced payments to contracting officers. Under the proposed rule, unjustifiable delays or reductions in subcontractor payment under the terms and conditions of the subcontract would lead to a negative past performance review for the prime contractor.  AGC’s comments concluded that the proposed rule is unnecessary and needlessly burdensome given existing Prompt Pay Act safeguards and small business subcontractor payment acceleration executive measures.

March 24, 2016

Requests Improved Data Reporting to Encourage CO Accountability

AGC, along with the American Subcontractors Association, called on the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council to improve the data federal agencies collect regarding the administration of change orders in response to the Council’s information request. AGC’s recommendations would require federal agencies to collect a range of data regarding the timeliness of action by the contracting officer (CO) in an effort to encourage greater CO accountability.  

March 18, 2016

Urge Your Congressman to Delay Implementation

Please contact your member of Congress to urge them to delay implementation of the Blacklisting Executive Order. This President Obama executive order will require federal prime and subcontractors to report violations of 14 federal labor laws and "equivalent" state labor laws during the previous three years, and again every six months, on federal contracts over $500,000.

March 5, 2016

Encourage Redevelopment of $8 Billion of Federal Real Property

This week, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved two AGC-supported bills that would encourage federal agencies to dispose of, consolidate, or redevelop at least $8 billion of excess or underutilized civilian federal real property. The Public Buildings Reform and Savings Act, H.R. 4487, and the Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act, H.R. 4465, would:

March 4, 2016

AGC Calls for Change Order Oversight & Funding to Implement VA Reforms

This week, AGC called on the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Construction and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct oversight into DOD construction agencies’ delay in executing and paying change orders on construction projects and need for adequate VA construction program funding to implement a host of recent reforms.  

March 5, 2016

AGC Federal Contractors Conference; May 9-11 in DC

The difference between AGC’s Federal Contractors Conference (FEDCON) and other federal construction meetings is that, at FEDCON, construction contractor attendees drive the agenda. As such, for this year’s conference—held May 9-11 in at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.—AGC is currently seeking your questions for consideration during its meeting with headquarters leaders of the Naval Facility Engineering Command. To see our draft agenda for these session, please click here. To register, please click here.

February 26, 2016

Water Resources Development Act Consideration Underway

As part of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently submitted an annual report to Congress that identifies about $13 billion worth of potential Civil Works Program projects for study, modification or construction. The report identifies 12 potential projects valued at about $3.663 billion with signed Chief of Engineers (COE) reports, 10 potential projects valued at about $2.980 billion with pending COE reports and 26 potential projects valued at $6.445 billion that state and local entities requested. Potential projects with signed COE reports have been fully vetted within USACE and are ready to enter the planning phase of construction. Projects recommended by state and local entities require further USACE study if authorized. 

February 26, 2016

AGC Federal Contractors Conference; May 9-11 in Washington, D.C.

The difference between AGC’s Federal Contractors Conference (FedCon) and other federal construction meetings is that, at FedCon, construction contractor attendees drive the agenda. As such, for this year’s conference—held May 9-11 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.—AGC is currently seeking your questions for consideration in meetings with headquarters leaders of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Military Construction Program, Civil Works Program, Contracting, Safety and Small Business offices. To see our draft agendas for these various sessions, please click here.  To register, click here.

February 25, 2016

AGC’s 97th Annual Convention will be held March 9-11, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Please visit meetings.agc.org/convention for registration information. Below is a preview of some of the Convention sessions.

February 12, 2016

Includes 13 Percent Increase in Federal Construction Accounts

On Feb. 9, President Obama released his $4.1 trillion budget for fiscal year 2017, which proposes $1.215 trillion in discretionary defense and non-defense spending in FY 2017 and $2.565 trillion in mandatory spending.  The budget, which stays within the discretionary spending limits set last November in the Bipartisan Budget Act, has been declared dead on arrival by Republican Congressional leaders.  For the first time in 41 years, the House and Senate budget committees will not hold hearings with the president’s budget director.

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