AGC Advocates for Priorities Defense bill

October 1, 2020

Expected to Pass After the Election

On September 24, AGC, along with a coalition of associations, sent Congress a list of over 130 priorities as the House and Senate conference to reconcile the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2021 (NDAA). Both defense bills authorize roughly $8 billion for military construction and contain a host of procurement and environment provisions. Some noteworthy provisions would have particular impact on federal construction contractors: 1) the House version includes an AGC supported requirement for federal agencies to initially pay at least 50 percent of the actual (incurred or committed) cost of the unilateral change order, 2) the House version would dramatically alter how military construction is procured, which AGC has opposed3) the Senate version repeals a law enacted last year requiring military construction contractors have at least twenty percent of employees being qualified apprentices, and 4) the House would automatically blacklist contractors who violate the Fair Labor Standards Act. AGC lobbied lawmakers to enact commonsense reforms and is closely monitoring both bills. As the legislative process moves forward, AGC will continue to work with Congress and advocate for further reforms important to federal contractors.

For more information, contact Jordan Howard at or (703) 837-5368.

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