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August 19, 2010

Solicitations requiring bidders on certain U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) construction projects to submit an executed project labor agreement (PLA) prompted AGC to write and call agency officials expressing strong concern.  On August 18, the agency called AGC to announce that it was withdrawing the PLA requirement and to thank AGC for educating them on the issue.

July 16, 2010
An interim rule was issued that brings many of the reporting requirements first made public in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to the broader scope of federal contracting. The rule calls for reporting executive compensation and first-tier subcontract awards if the prime contractor and its subcontractors meet certain thresholds. It is based on the same point of law, the amended Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (a product of then-Senator Obama and Senator Tom Coburn [R-Okla.]).
July 16, 2010
AGC submitted comments this week on an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) issued May 13, titled Enhancing Contract Transparency.
June 21, 2010
Three of the five rules from the Federal Acquisition Regulation Councils that govern the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act were released this week. Final versions of the rules governing GAO/IG access to contractors and their employees, whistleblower protections, and publicizing contract actions now permanently govern Recovery Act contracts.
June 21, 2010
More progress on the Buy American front this week as yet another agency recognized the complex impact these Recovery Act rules have on projects. The Indian Health Service (IHS) issued a nationwide di minimis waiver for incidental components of sanitation facilities construction projects funded by ARRA.
May 28, 2010
The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Construction and Facilities Management (CFM) is conducting a series of surveys regarding the use of project labor agreement (PLAs) on various projects.  CFM is asking contractors to respond to the questionnaire for certain projects in Houston, Texas, Palo Alto, Calif., and
May 21, 2010
An Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) was issued May 13 seeking input on how the government can best implement a policy of posting government contracts online. FAR Case 2009-004, Enhancing Contract Transparency, notes that while no policy mandating the online posting of contracts exists yet, the Councils anticipate that one could be coming soon.
May 14, 2010
On May 6, 2010, Senators Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced the 2010 Federal Contracting and Oversight Act. The bill is designed to prevent contractors with poor performance records from receiving government contracts and give members of Congress and federal agency contracting officers more information about companies by expanding the reach of the recently enacted Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS).
May 5, 2010
Annual Meeting with Major Construction Agencies Makes Major Advances The 2010 AGC Federal Contractors Conference was another major success, highlighting the excellent relationships that AGC maintains with the federal agencies on behalf of its members. The meeting was held April 26-29, 2010, in Washington, D.C. Government representatives from over 20 federal construction agencies participated, including the Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Highway Administration, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration and Air Force.
May 5, 2010
The Obama Administration is currently reviewing a proposal supported by the Center for American Progress and the National Employment Law Project, which claims that the federal contracting market is financing millions of poverty wage jobs across our economy, and supporting employers that are significant or repeat violators of workplace, tax and other laws.

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