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March 19, 2009
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) reintroduced legislation (S.458) on February 24 to expand the scope of the Federal False Claims Act (FCA). The legislation is cosponsored by the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.).
February 11, 2009
On February 6 President Obama issued an Executive Order that repeals a previously enacted Executive Order that bans Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on federal projects (Executive Order 13202 of February 17, 2001), even going so far as to encourage (but not mandate)  agencies to use PLAs in federal construction projects with a total cost of $25 million or more.
February 11, 2009
Registration has now been activated for AGC’s Federal Contractors Conference, and can be accessed through the new website – www.agc.org/fedcon.
January 31, 2009
The federal government has agreed to further delay implementation of a rule requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to use the Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify system to verify employment eligibility. An official announcement is expected to be published in the Federal Register on January 30.
January 23, 2009
On November 15, 2008, the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council issued a final rule to require federal contractors and subcontractors to use the U.S. Citizenship and immigration Services (USCIS), or "E-Verify," system as a means of verifying that their employees are eligible to work in the United States. While the final rule originally applied to solicitations issued and contracts awarded after January 15, 2009, a legal challenge to the rule has led to the government agreeing to suspend applicability of the rule until February 20, 2009.
January 16, 2009
On January 15, the House Democratic Leadership announced details of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Details of the $825 billion package were released by the House Appropriations and Ways and Means Committees. The total package consists of $275 billion in economic recovery tax cuts and $550 billion in targeted investments, coupled with several unprecedented accountability measures. AGC estimates that approximately $150 billion of the spending proposed in this bill would benefit the construction industry.
December 23, 2008
On November 14, 2008, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council issued a final rule to require federal contractors and subcontractors to use the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS), or “E-Verify” system as the means of verifying that their employees are eligible to work in the United States.
December 5, 2008
Congressional leaders have talked about an economic stimulus package that could total as much as $500 billion. While it is unlikely that it would be enacted before President-elect Obama takes the oath of office on January 20, AGC has been successful in advocating for significantly increased investment in Federal construction programs, including flood protection, military construction and federal facilities in the stimulus bill. 
November 14, 2008
The FAR Council on November 12 issued a final rule on its "Contractor Business Ethics Compliance Program and Disclosure Requirements." The rule becomes effective on December 12, 2008.
November 14, 2008
The final rule requiring Federal contractors and subcontractors to use the E-Verify system administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, as the means of verifying that certain of their employees are eligible to work in the United States was published November 14, 2008. The rulemaking will take effect January 15, 2009.

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