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September 18, 2009
On August 13, AGC submitted comments on the July 14, 2009 Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council notice of proposed rulemaking, which implemented President Obama's Executive Order 13502 to create new FAR contract clauses to be included in Federal contracts should an agency choose to require a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on a particular Federal constructio
September 18, 2009
The first reporting deadline for the Recovery Act is October 10, 2009 and covers all contracts and funds from February 14 to October 1, 2009. Section 1512 of the Recovery Act requires information about the project and the jobs it creates, plus salary disclosure for certain federal contractors, to be reported to the central federal Web site, www.federalreporting.gov.
August 20, 2009
The White House on July 29 formally unveiled contracting and workforce reforms that are designed to save the taxpayers at least $40 billion a year.
August 11, 2009
The Industry Advisory Panel of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations will meet on Thursday, September 3, 2009, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., in Room 1107 of the U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street, NW (entrance on 23rd Street) Washington, D.C.  This meeting will be open to the public.  The majority of the meeting will be devoted to an exchange of ideas between the Department's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations' senior management and the panel members, on design, operations and building maintenance. 
August 11, 2009
AGC released results of a survey that measured the impact of stimulus funds on construction companies' ability to expand payrolls.  The survey found that stimulus construction funds have had little impact to date on companies' ability to hire new employees, but has helped companies save existing jobs. The survey data was announced during a media conference call that included AGC's CEO Steve Sandherr, chief economist Ken Simonson, and several AGC contractor members.
August 11, 2009
AGC CEO Steve Sandherr recently contacted 27 federal agency heads concerning the pace that Recovery Act dollars are flowing through the agencies and in the form of contracts available for bid. With more than one million construction workers having lost their jobs over the past year, AGC expressed concerns that given the high unemployment rate that remains in the industry - over one million employees, totaling 19 percent - the industry is ready to put the Recovery Act to work.
August 11, 2009
On July 14, 2009, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council issued a notice of proposed rulemaking implementing President Obama's Executive Order 13502, which creates new FAR contract clauses to be included in Federal contracts should an agency choose to require a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on a particular Federal construction project. Comments are due on August 13, 2009. In short, the proposed rule (FAR Case 2009-005) would:
August 11, 2009
The Senate on August 7 confirmed Ms. Jo-Ellen Darcy as the new Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works). Ms. Darcy most recently served as the Senior Environmental Advisor to the Senate Finance Committee. In her new role, she will have primary responsibility over the Department of the Army's programs for conservation and development of the nation's water resources, including flood damage reduction, river and harbor navigation, environmental restoration and protection, water supply, shore protection, hydropower and recreation.
August 11, 2009
House leaders are beginning the lengthy process of putting together a new Water Resources Development Act ("WRDA") for consideration in 2010. WRDA a is biennial comprehensive water resources law that authorizes studies and projects within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mission areas, including navigation, flood damage reduction, hurricane and storm damage reduction, shoreline protection and environmental restoration.
August 11, 2009
On July 29, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 passed the full Senate by a vote of 85-9 with six senators not voting. This bill contains the FY2010 funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as the Bureau of Reclamation. The next step is for the House and Senate to reconcile the differences between the two in conference committee.

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