December 3, 2009
On December 3, 2009, the White House Council on Environmental Quality submitted a proposal for review to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) t
November 4, 2009
In a final series of directives issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on October 27, the Administration said that the civilian agencies should increase their acquisition workforce by at least five percent by 2014. In addition, the agency called for a limit on the use of noncompetitive and other "higher-risk" types of contracts.
November 4, 2009
U.S. Small Business Administration on October 28, 2009 announced a notice of proposed rulemaking that would substantially revise contracting rules for firms benefiting from the 8(a) Business Development program . The proposed changes are the result of the first comprehensive review of the 8(a) program in several years. The rules cover a variety of areas of the program, ranging from providing further clarification on determining economic disadvantage to requirements on Joint Ventures and the Mentor-Protégé program.
October 26, 2009
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has provided the construction industry with an unprecedented opportunity to help rebuild our nation, our economy and our industry. As a result, ARRA and several other major changes governing how the federal government procures construction services have dramatically changed the federal construction industry.
October 26, 2009
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced on October 16 a major shift in its Army Corps senior leadership team. Major General Merdith W.B. (Bo) Temple will become the Deputy Commanding General (DCG) in January 2010. MG Temple has served as the DCG for Civil and Emergency Operations since 2008. MG Temple will succeed Major General Don Riley, who has served the DCG since April 1, 2008. MG William T. Grisoli, who has been serving as the  Deputy Chief of Staff for the Army, was named DGC for Civil and Emergency Operations.
October 26, 2009
President Obama and the U.S. Small Business Administration announced October 21 a new plan to raise the maximum loan size for SBA-backed loans to small business. Specifically, President Obama called for: Increasing the size of SBA's 7(a) loan from $2 million to $5 million. Increasing the size of SBA's 504 loan from $2 million to $5 million for standard borrowers (supporting a total project of $12.5 million) and from $4 million to $5.5 million for manufacturers (supporting a total project of $13.75 million).
October 26, 2009
Now that the House passed the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009, which authorizes more than $4 billion for elementary and secondary school facility projects over the next two fiscal years, the Senate is currently working on its version of the bill.
October 26, 2009
This week the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a waiver of Section 1605, or the Buy American requirements, in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for projects using Community Development Block Grant-Recovery (CDBG-R) funds and Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2) funds.
September 24, 2009
AGC member Joel Zingeser (Grunley Construction Co. Inc., Rockville, Md.) today testified before the House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management regarding contracting with the federal government.  Chairwoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) held the hearing in order to examine the small business programs of the Architect of the Capitol, the General Services Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institution.
September 18, 2009
A rule requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to use the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' E-Verify system to verify their employees' authorization to work in the U.S. is now in effect.  The rule applies to federal solicitations and contract awards government-wide beginning September 8. 


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