Construction Legislative Week in Review
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IMMIGRATION
Action Needed: Support Immigration Reform
FEDERAL CONTRACTING
GSA Launches Online Reverse Auction Platform for All Federal Agencies, Includes Construction Services
AGC SURVEY
Last Chance to Tell Us About the Current Supply of Skilled Workers in Your Area
AGC EVENTS
Early Bird Deadline Fast Approaching for AGCís Construction Financial Management Conference
Donít Miss Out on the Highway and Utilities Contractors Issues Conference
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IMMIGRATION
Action Needed: Support Immigration Reform
 

After more than a decade of debate, Congress is a critical phase for comprehensive immigrate reform In order for the construction industry priorities to be included, contractors must contact their Members of Congress immediately.

AGC has provided several options for members to engage with their elected representative during the August congressional recess. We encourage you to complete as many of the following grassroots activities your schedule allows during the month of August: visit your member of congress’ local office; write to your member of congress; invite your member of congress to your business or a local employer group meeting; or speak out at a town hall meeting. You can also make the case for immigration reform in the media by writing an op-ed piece, a letter to the editor, or calling into a talk radio show.

The battle for immigration reform is not a spectator sport. In order to enact reform, supporters must stand up and vocalize the need for reform. To get more involved, contact AGC or visit our Legislative Action Center.

For more information, please contact Jim Young at (202) 547-0133 or youngj@agc.org. Return to Top

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FEDERAL CONTRACTING
GSA Launches Online Reverse Auction Platform for All Federal Agencies, Includes Construction Services
AGC Urges Removal of Construction Services Procurement Option
 

On Aug. 13, AGC sent a letter to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) strongly urging the federal agency to remove from its reverse auction (RA) platform the construction services options. GSA recently launched a reverse auction platform that enables any federal agency to conduct the procurement of certain construction services and materials through an online reverse auction.

AGC strongly advocates against the use of reverse auction procurement for construction services. In its letter to GSA, AGC notes that the complexities of these processes simply do not compare to the purchase of an off-the-shelf commercial item. The reverse auction process ignores the unique nature of construction. General contractors, specialty contractors, subcontractors and suppliers offer and provide a mix of services, materials and systems. They do not “manufacture” buildings, highways, or other facilities.

To supplement its arguments, AGC shared its position paper on reverse auctions for construction services procurement and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ reverse auction report, which highlights why it abandoned the use of reverse auctions for procuring construction services nearly ten years ago. AGC also recently testified against the use of reverse auction procurement for construction services before the House Small Business Committee.  AGC-backed legislation prohibiting the practice was recently introduced this Congress.

For more information, please contact Jimmy Christianson at (703)-837-5325 or christiansonj@agc.org. Return to Top

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AGC SURVEY
Last Chance to Tell Us About the Current Supply of Skilled Workers in Your Area
Is Your Construction Company Facing Worker Shortages?
 

Over the past several months, we have received a number of reports, most of which were anecdotal, about sporadic shortages of skilled construction workers in certain parts of the country.  At the same time, overall construction employment, while rising steadily, remains well below peak employment levels.  As a result, we are having a hard time gauging the extent of worker shortages and if and where those shortages may be impacting construction projects.  Please take a few brief minutes to complete the following survey so we can conduct a more complete and accurate assessment of if, where and to what extent there are actual shortages of skilled craft workers and/or qualified construction professionals.  Your input will help us correctly calibrate our messaging to elected officials and the media and will also guide our efforts to support workforce development. Thank you to all who have already completed this survey – if you have not, please take a few minutes and complete it today.

For more information, please contact Nahee Rosso at (703) 837-5348 or rosson@agc.org. Return to Top

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AGC EVENTS
Early Bird Deadline Fast Approaching for AGCís Construction Financial Management Conference
Oct. 23-25, 2013 | Las Vegas, Nev.
 

Jointly sponsored by AGC and the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), the 17th Annual AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference offers programs and workshops designed specifically for financial professionals in the construction industry. 

Register by Friday, Sept. 6 for special “Early Bird” discounts.  Additional discounts are available for subsequent registrations from the same firm.  Register now and save up to $210 – or 25 percent – off the standard registration fee.

The three-day conference features 36 interactive sessions covering the latest industry issues and their financial implications.  Participants may earn up to 19.5 continuing professional education (CPE) credits. 

Owners, chief financial officers, controllers, treasurers, certified public accountants, auditors, consultants, bankers, sureties, and others interested in the construction financial management will greatly benefit from this conference.

For more information and to register online, please visit www.agc.org/AGC_CFMA. Return to Top

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Donít Miss Out on the Highway and Utilities Contractors Issues Conference
 

The 2013 Highway and Utilities Contractors Issues Conference will be held Nov. 7-9, 2013, at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Ariz.  Industry professionals from companies involved in building highway, bridge, utility and underground construction, transit, airport runway and rail projects will benefit from this conference.  Presentation and discussions on major trends in highway and utility construction will be featured, including:

  • Washington Update - Outlook for highway, transit, water and infrastructure funding. Tax and immigration reform, sequestration - will these changes happen and how will they impact your business?
  • MAP-21 Implementation
  • Highway Trust Fund & Water Trust Fund Innovative Financing
  • New Technology Developments: BIM, CIM & Intelligent Compaction
  • Alternative Contracting
  • Potential Environment, Work Force and Other Regulations
  • Project Case Studies
  • Other Recent Developments

                To register for the conference, please visit www.agc.org/highway_utilities.

                For more information, please contact Brian Deery at (703) 837-5319 or deeryb@agc.org or Scott Berry at (703) 837-5321 or berrys@agc.org. Return to Top

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