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FEDERAL CONTRACTING
Corps Deauthorizes $14 Billion in Civil Works Projects
Department of Defense Proposed Rule Prohibits Cost Plus Construction Contracts
2016 ELECTIONS
Three Crushing Wins for Bernie
AGC EVENTS
FIC Early-Bird Ends Tomorrow
Register TODAY for Federal Contractors Conference
FEDERAL CONTRACTING
Corps Deauthorizes $14 Billion in Civil Works Projects
 

In accordance with the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recently deauthorized—or cancelled—over $14 billion dollars of obsolete civil works projects. Congress mandated that USACE deauthorize civil works projects that have been on the books for many years, but have not received actual funding to begin design or construction.  AGC supported passage of WRRDA, in part, because it established a sound procedure for authorizing new, high-priority civil works projects while deauthorizing obsolete ones.

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

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Department of Defense Proposed Rule Prohibits Cost Plus Construction Contracts
 

This week, the Department of Defense issued a proposed rule to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement to prohibit any form of cost-plus contracting for military construction or military family housing projects. Comments to this proposed rule are due May 24, and AGC is seeking member feedback on this proposal.

Please send your comments on this proposal to Jimmy Christianson at christiansonj@agc.org Return to Top

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2016 ELECTIONS
Three Crushing Wins for Bernie
 

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may well be the inevitable Democratic presidential nominee but, once again, we saw Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders score impressive wins in last Saturday’s contests in Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington’s caucuses.  Mr. Sanders averaged a cumulative 74.7 percent support figure among the Democratic participants in the three states.  In terms of committed delegates, Sanders attracted 105 convention votes, while Ms. Clinton gained 54.  Though Saturday was arguably Mr. Sanders’ best day in the campaign, he still managed to only dent Ms. Clinton’s national lead in the all-important delegate count.

According to the New York Times, Ms. Clinton’s advantage between committed regular and Democratic Super Delegates is 1,712 to 1,004.  The winner must commit 2,383 votes at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia beginning July 25.  Therefore, the former secretary of State and first lady needs only 671 more delegates, or 33 percent, from the remaining 22 voting entities to clinch what will almost assuredly be a first ballot victory.

The presidential primary process now moves to Wisconsin where Democratic and Republican voters head to the polls on Tuesday.  Currently, the latest polling is showing tight races in both parties’ nomination contests.  The RealClearPolitics Average shows Ms. Clinton with a slight lead of 46.5 percent to Mr. Sanders’ 44 percent.  On the Republican side, the race is even tighter.  Sen. Ted Cruz, who was just endorsed by Wisconsin Governor and former presidential candidate Scott Walker, leads Donald Trump and John Kasich with 33 percent.  Mr. Trump and Gov. Kasich garner 32.3 percent and 23 percent, respectively. 

For more information, please contact David Ashinoff at ashinoffd@agc.org or (202) 547-5013.  Return to Top

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AGC EVENTS
FIC Early-Bird Ends Tomorrow
 

Early Bird rates expire on April 1st. The AGC Financial Issues Committee Summer Meeting is scheduled for June 13-14 in Washington, DC. Session Highlight: Attendees have the opportunity to hear about the latest on federal tax policy from Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) invited, congressional staff, and AGC government affairs staff.

For more information, please visit meetings.agc.org/fic or contact Brian Lenihan at lenihanb@agc.org Return to Top

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Register TODAY for Federal Contractors Conference
Save $75 on Registration Fee; Held May 10-11 in DC
 

Register before April 8 for the 2016 AGC Federal Contractors Conference (FedCon) and save $75 off the registration fee. FedCon—held May 10-11 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.—is the premier conference for federal construction contractors to discuss the latest projects, policies and contracting issues facing the industry with federal agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Naval Facility Engineering Command, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, General Services Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of State, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Bureau of Reclamation.

In addition to substantive discussions and presentations with federal agencies, attendees will hear from legal experts about the latest federal regulations that will impact their businesses and may have the opportunity to continue a dialogue with federal agencies after the conference. During the Federal Law and Regulation Workshop, leading federal construction attorneys will address executive orders, Small Business Administration and Federal Acquisition Regulation rules, and case-law trends your company needs to know to work in the federal market. And, when the conference concludes, AGC member attendees will have the opportunity to participate in ongoing dialogue and meetings with agency headquarters later in the year.

For more information and to register, go to meetings.agc.org/fedcon or contact Jimmy Christianson at christiansonj@agc.org Return to Top

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