Upcoming Conference Call - What Do the Election Results Mean for Construction?
AGC’s Chief Executive Officer Steve Sandherr will conduct
a conference call on November 9 to discuss the results and impact of the
midterm election, as well as the threats and opportunities for the construction
industry in the 112th Congress. The free one-hour call will
assess the outcome of the election in the context of construction and report on
AGC’s ongoing and new legislative priorities given a new political and legislative
When: Tuesday, November 9, 2010
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM Eastern
Who: Steve Sandherr, CEO
of AGC of America
How: To obtain call-in
information, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
With only 11 days until Election Day, have you voted yet?
An estimated 3 million Americans have already voted across the country. The AGCwebsite can help you through the process.
It includes information on how to vote early, voting locations, and candidates who
support the construction industry.
For more information, contact Jim
Young at (202) 547-0133 or email@example.com.
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The Race for Speaker of the House
While most political analysts anticipate the House of
Representatives will lose its Democratic majority in the midterm elections, House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on the Charlie Rose Show Wednesday that
she expects Democrats to maintain control of the House and re-elect her as
Most estimates project a gain of 50 Republican
seats in the House, and several incumbent Democrats already have vowed to vote
against re-electing Pelosi should the party retain the majority. However, she
said “I have every anticipation that we'll come together in a similar format as
we are now, with me as speaker of the House.”
On the other hand, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) has mostly ducked questions about the
possibility of Republicans taking the majority. He stated that the election was
a referendum on the Democratic leadership, noting that voter dissatisfaction
with the Obama administration’s handling of the economy and healthcare reforms
are the root cause of any potential upheaval in control of the House of
For more information, contact Jeff Shoaf at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Administration Announces Tiger II Grant Awards
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Wednesday announced nearly $600 million in
TIGER II discretionary grant awards for major infrastructure projects ranging
from highways and bridges to transit, rail and ports. In total, 42 capital
construction projects and 33 planning projects in 40 states will receive
funding from this program. According to the US DOT, roughly 29 percent of TIGER
II money was awarded for road projects, 26 percent for transit, 20 percent for
rail projects, 16 percent for ports, four percent for bicycle and pedestrian
projects and five percent for planning projects. A list of the projects can be
The Tiger grant program was first started as part of the
ARRA stimulus legislation, which included $1.5 billion in funding. Over $60
billion was requested in the Tiger I program from the $1.5 billion made available
in ARRA. The $600 million in funding for the Tiger II grants was included in
the U.S. DOT FY 2010 appropriation legislation. There were over 1,000
applications requesting $19 billion of Tiger II funding. Selection for award
was based on an evaluation by DOT of the likelihood of the project to
address sustainability and economic competitiveness.
The planning grant portion of the Tiger II awards were
selected in conjunction with the Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) based on the ability of the projects to integrate transportation, housing
and urban development. Joining DOT and HUD in the evaluation of the planning
grant applications were the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S.
Department of Agriculture. As part of Livability initiative DOT signed a
memorandum of understanding with HUD and EPA to cooperate on future integration
of transportation and housing planning.
For more information, contact Brian Deery at
(703) 837-5319 or email@example.com.
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AGC Project Labor Agreement Policy Update
Solicitations on several federal construction projects
requiring bidders to submit an executed project labor agreement (PLA) prompted
AGC to write and call agency officials expressing strong concern.
- On October 19, the Savannah District of the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a formal information request from
industry on the potential use of PLAs for large scale construction contracts
($25 million or more). AGC is working closely with the Georgia Branch
AGC and Carolinas AGC to address this issue.
- On October 18, AGC sent a letter to the USACE Hawaii District in response to a request for information on
whether the District should utilize PLAs on large scale construction projects
in the state.
- On August 12, 2010, AGC sent a letter
to the USACE's Mobile District demanding information about the agency's
justification for including a PLA mandate in a solicitation for the
construction of an Air Force Technical Applications Center at Patrick Air Force
Base in Florida. The letter questioned how it determined that the conditions
listed in President Obama's executive order on PLAs were
- AGC raised similar issues in a second
August 12 letter to high-ranking officials at USACE headquarters. The
letter urged the agency to exercise the broad latitude granted to it by the
executive order and its implementing regulations to refrain from imposing any
PLA mandates. The letter also urged the USACE to direct its division and
district commands to follow suit. Given the political pressure to consider
PLAs, AGC also provided the agency with a recommended approach for conducting a
thorough, fact-based analysis of particular criteria for determining the
appropriateness of a PLA mandate, demonstrating the many complications inherent
in such mandates and the impediments that they present to achieving economy and
efficiency in government procurement.
- AGC was invited by NAVFAC officials in Guam to
comment on the feasibility of implementing a PLA for military construction
taking place on this island. AGC strongly encouraged NAVFAC to refrain from requiring
PLAs on this work in a letter to officials sent on October 6.
The PLA requirements, along with similar mandates by other
contracting agencies and tales of pressure from higher in the
Administration, also prompted AGC to send a letter
calling on President Obama to protect contracting officers from such political
pressure, and to send an "unmistakable and public" message that
political appointees should not cross the line between politics and
The letters are the latest of AGC's continuing efforts to
educate government agencies about PLA issues and implications. While AGC
neither supports nor opposes PLAs in general, AGC strongly opposes government
mandates for PLAs on publicly funded construction projects. AGC is
committed to free and open competition in all public construction markets and
believes that publicly-funded contracts should be awarded without regard to the
lawful labor relations policies and practices of the government contractor.
information, please contact Marco Giamberardino at (703) 837-5325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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