247 Days Until 3 Percent Withholding Begins – Action Needed
AGC continues to urge Congress to repeal the 3 percent withholding mandate on
federal, state, and local government contracts. Starting January 1, 2012,
public owners will begin withholding 3 percent of every payment to contractors
for goods and services, including construction.
Stand-alone legislation has been introduced in the House and
Senate to repeal this mandate. Grassroots contact from AGC members is very
important. To write your legislators and urge them to cosponsor the
The House bill, H.R. 674, currently yhas 75 cosponsors and
two Senate bills, S. 89 and S.164, have 13 cosponsors. To see if your Senators
and Representative are or have been a cosponsor of legislation to repeal the 3
percent withholding mandate, click
For more information, contact Karen Lapsevic at email@example.com.
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Obama Administration Proposes New Guidance With Expansive Federal Control Over Construction in U.S. Waters
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wednesday released for public comment new draft
guidance to clarify jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act over wetlands and
waterways. The document
would replace earlier guidance released in 2008 by the Bush Administration
following two Supreme Court decisions that have confused the issue of
jurisdiction. The proposed guidance
would more broadly define what waters are subject to regulation based on
whether the waters share a “significant nexus” with a “navigable” waterway
expressly protected under the Act.
Stakeholders and policymakers are divided over whether
the guidance would have the force and effect of law. Despite the Administration’s claim that the
document is not a rule and thus lacks the force of law, industry, policymakers,
and the environmental community, which supports the new guidance, have all called
for the Administration to undertake a longer, more deliberative rulemaking
process to clarify jurisdiction.
AGC, along with the Waters Advocacy Coalition, sent a
letter to U.S. EPA and the Corps earlier this month to
urge the Administration to withdraw the proposed guidance and to initiate a
formal rulemaking process. In addition,
nearly 170 Congressional Republicans and Democrats wrote a letter
to the agencies to express similar concerns.
For more information on recent developments on the extent
of federal control over construction in U.S. waters, click
For more information, contact Karen Lapsevic
at (202) 547-4733 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Surface Transportation Reauthorization Update
With Congress returning from a two-week recess, the month
of May has the potential to see action on a long-awaited surface transportation
bill. The chairmen of the House Committee on Transportation and
Infrastructure and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works have
both indicated they would like to have a bill completed by Memorial Day.
Although the Memorial Day goal may not be achievable,
AGC’s Federal Contractors Conference (May 3-5) and the AGC-led Transportation
Construction Coalition Fly-In (May 24-25) will provide AGC members the
opportunity to meet face to face with Members of Congress and their staff and
urge them to take quick action on a fully funded multi-year surface
If you are not able to attend either of these events,
please read the transportation briefing, which
provides a brief background on reauthorization and explains how you can contact
your Member of Congress.
For more information, contact Sean O'Neill at (202) 547-8892 or email@example.com.
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AGC 2011 Federal Contractors Conference Highlights
The AGC Federal Contractors Conference will be
held on May 2-5, 2011. It is the only national event where contractors and
Federal agency personnel can meet in a neutral forum and review procurement and
contracting issues from around the United States. These insightful and highly
productive exchanges have solidified the need for both Federal construction
contractors and the Federal construction agencies to share information on a
wide variety of issues and foster better communication and real solutions.
Some highlights include meetings with the following
- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC),
Monday, May 2 at 1:00PM
- Federal Highway Administration, Monday, May 2 at
- Environmental Protection Agency, Tuesday, May 3
- General Services Administration, Tuesday May 3
- Army Corps of Engineers, May 5 at 8:00AM
If you are engaged in any aspect of constructing,
designing, or planning a Federal project and you are either a general
contractor, specialty contractor, service/supplier, attorney or any other
important stakeholder already engaged in the Federal market, this conference
has a place for you. If you are interested in learning more about Federal
contracting opportunities and how to get started, this conference is a great
place to begin your learning experience.
AGC members will also have the opportunity to meet with
their Member of Congress on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 4. These visits are
vital to the success of AGC's advocacy strategy on Capitol Hill. Given the pressing
legislation currently being considered in Congress, it is imperative that your
elected officials are aware of AGC's position on issues of importance to the
construction industry. The AGC Federal Contractors Conference provides an
excellent opportunity for legislators to hear directly from their constituents
on the importance of infrastructure funding and removing onerous government
mandates that stifle economic growth for construction contractors.
For those of you attending, we look forward to welcoming
you to this year’s Conference and hope the rest of you will be able to join us
next year! To learn more about the conference, download the
brochure, or register, visit our website.
For more information, please contact Marco
Giamberardino at (703) 837-5325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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