Transportation is Job #1 Campaign
With only 80 days remaining until
the expiration of the latest highway and transit authorization extension, AGC
is kicking-off a comprehensive grassroots and communications campaign asking Congress
to take action on a reauthorization bill before March 31, 2012.
The campaign, called Make Transportation JOB #1, will continue to build momentum for
passage of a reauthorization bill. The time to engage your member of
Congress is now. Both the House and Senate are in positions to move their
respective bills but they need to be encouraged to ACT NOW.
The Senate Environment and Public
Works and Commerce, Science and Transportation Committees have passed their
portions of the Senate reauthorization bill, while the Banking and Finance
Committees have yet to take action. Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
has indicated that passing a reauthorization bill will be a top priority for
the Senate when they return from their winter break. The same can be said
in the House where Speaker John Boehner, has pledged to take action the
American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, a bill that will link
transportation authorization with expanded energy production. The
Speaker’s commitment coupled with a positive status update provided to AGC
Highway Chapters this week by House Transportation & Infrastructure
Committee staff are encouraging signs that a bill could be voted on in the
House of Representatives prior to March 31, 2012.
AGC and our members have worked
hard to get the reauthorization bill to this point and we need one final push
to ensure members of Congress hear from their constituents of the need to Make
Transportation JOB #1 and pass a highway and transit reauthorization
bill. Over the next several weeks AGC Chapters, members and business
colleagues will be asked to:
- Send letters to your Representatives and
- Sign a petition expressing your support for
passing a highway and transit bill;
- Use a complete grassroots toolkit – available
on the AGC website – with sample letters to the editor and guidance about
arranging effective meetings with your Representatives and Senators.
The Make Transportation JOB #1 campaign
will officially kick-off next week. But don’t wait until then to take
action. You can sign the petition, send letters to your legislators and
find additional resources at www.agc.org/roads.
In addition to the AGC effort, our transportation stakeholder coalition,
Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) is also engaged in the Make
Transportation JOB #1 campaign. ATM is circulating a multi-industry letter to leaders
of the House of Representatives and the Senate asking for quick action in
moving a transportation reauthorization bill. AGC encourages our chapters
and members to sign on this letter.
Getting a highway and transit
authorization bill passed in Congress and signed into law prior to March 31,
2012 will not be an easy task. It is vital that AGC members engage
business associates (suppliers, subcontractors, insurance, bonding, financial
services, etc.), labor organizations and other non-construction businesses in
this effort. We need a true team effort to get this done.
Passing a bipartisan
infrastructure bill in Congress is not unheard of. Congressman Bill
Shuster (R-Pa.) wrote yesterday about the
recent passage of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation
Act of 2011 as an example of how Congress can pass job creation legislation
amid gridlock and partisan rancor.
For more information, please contact Sean
O’Neill at (202) 547-8892 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Brian Deery at (703) 837-5319 or email@example.com.
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Registration is Now Open for 2012 AGC Federal Contractors Conference
April 16-19, 2012 | The Mayflower Hotel | Washington, DC
The 2012 AGC
Federal Contractors Conference will be held
April 16-19, 2012, at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. This meeting is
the only national event where contractors and federal agency personnel can meet
in a collaborative forum to review federal construction contracting issues and
trends 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, foster better communication, and create real solutions.
If you are engaged in any aspect of
constructing, designing, or planning a federal project and you are a general
contractor, specialty contractor, service/supplier, attorney or any other
important stakeholder already engaged in the Federal or Federally-assisted
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.
The conference is geared for AGC members who
perform a diverse range of projects including building construction for
agencies such as the General Services Administration, military construction
projects for our Armed Services, highway and transportation projects for our
nation, and water resources projects that benefit our nation's navigation and
flood control. AGC continues to inform members from specific industry segments
about emerging issues and trends that are relevant to their work.
To learn more about the conference, download the conference brochure and register, please visit www.agc.org/fedcon.
For additional information, please contact
Marco Giamberardino at (703) 837-5325 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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AGC Tax and Fiscal Affairs Committee Hears from FASB Chair
The AGC Tax and Fiscal Affairs Committee held their winter
meeting on Jan. 5 and 6. The committee discussed numerous topics,
including: the legislative and political landscape, an update of Federal
Accounting Standards Board (FASB) activities regarding revenue recognition,
leases and the evolving recognition by FASB that private companies have
different needs than public companies. There was a detailed report on the
possibility of comprehensive tax reform and how it will impact the construction
industry. There was also a detailed discussion on evolving construction tax
issues and a comprehensive update on construction audits.
Highlights of the meeting include an address from FASB
Chairwoman Leslie Seidman and a detailed discussion led by Attorney Chuck
Lieser on the U.S. Tax Court Case, “Gibson and Associates, Inc. v. Commissioner
of Internal Revenue.”
The Tax Committee will next meet in Washington, D.C., June
For more information, please contact Jeff Shoaf at (202) 547-3350 or email@example.com.
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OFCCP Proposes Changes to Affirmative Action Obligations Related to Individuals with Disabilities
On Dec. 9, 2011, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance
Programs (OFCCP) issued its proposed
rule to revise regulations under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act implementing
affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations to contractors and
subcontractors, and to evaluate the affirmative action provisions.
Currently, employers that have a direct contract (including a construction
contract) with the federal government or its agencies that is valued at $10,000
or more, or that have a subcontract of the same value required to complete a
direct federal contract, are required to engage in affirmative action related
to individuals with disabilities. Projects that are funded by federal aid
programs, such as the federal aid highway program, are not affected.
Such federal contractors (or subcontractors)
with 50 or more employees and a contract of $50,000 or more are also required
to create an affirmative action program containing certain required
provisions. If implemented, construction employers would be
required to complete additional statistical analysis on their workforce,
regardless of where projects are located or how long such projects last.
Given the unique seasonal and often transitory nature of the industry, this
would place a significant burden on construction contractors.
AGC has more information available on the proposed rule
including hiring goals, record keeping requirements and annual reports, linkage
agreements, performing self-assessments, hiring requirements and new language
for subcontracts. Please review this information on the AGC
The comment deadline is Feb. 7, 2012, however, given the
importance of the proposal AGC submitted a letter
to OFCCP requesting an additional 60 days to more thoroughly review and comment
on the newly proposed requirements, for which we are still awaiting a
in providing feedback to AGC should contact Tamika Carter at (703) 837-5382 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Romney Takes New Hampshire & Iowa; Will Republicans Finally Rally Behind Him?
secured a decisive and expected victory in Tuesday night’s New Hampshire
presidential primary, easily defeating runner-up Ron Paul and leaving his
conservative challengers trailing far behind. As a result, the former
Massachusetts governor is the first-ever Republican who is not an incumbent
president to win both the Iowa and New Hampshire contests.
remains: will the Republican Party finally fall in line behind Romney? The
South Carolina primary scheduled for Jan. 21 will likely answer that question.
As it stands, recent Palmetto state polls reflect Romney having anywhere from a
2 percent to 18 percent lead over Newt Gingrich. Political pundits inside the
Beltway point to social conservatives continued uncertainty of Romney’s
stance on their issues as the reason for the potentially close horse race in
With the general
election only 299 days away, AGC PAC continues to closely monitor the
presidential race as well as all congressional races for construction-friendly
candidates.For more information, please contact Jimmy
Christianson at 202-547-5013 or email@example.com.
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