Construction Legislative Week in Review
www.agc.org December 15, 2016
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WATER INFRASTRUCTURE
Water Resources and Infrastructure Bill Heads to White House
FEDERAL CONTRACTING
“Civilian BRAC” Bill Passes Congress
AGC EVENTS
Hotel Deadline Approaching for the Winter Financial Issues Committee
Register Now for the 2017 Federal Contractors Conference
The AGC Lean Construction Education Program and the CM-Lean Credential Update
WATER INFRASTRUCTURE
Water Resources and Infrastructure Bill Heads to White House
 

Last week the Senate (78–21) and the House of Representatives (360–61) voted overwhelmingly to pass the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. Thanks to those of you who wrote to your members of Congress, urging them to support passing this important legislation.

The WIIN Act includes provisions from the House and Senate Water Resource Development Act (WRDA) bills, which passed in September and authorizes the Army Corps of Engineers Chief's Reports submitted to Congress since WRDA 2014. The WIIN Act also includes the Water and Waste Act of 2016, which makes changes to the Safe Drinking Water Act and Solid Waste Disposal Act. WIIN also authorizes the EPA-approved state coal ash disposal programs. 

AGC will continue to monitor the progress of the WIIN Act as it heads to the president's desk to be signed into law.

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

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FEDERAL CONTRACTING
“Civilian BRAC” Bill Passes Congress
$8 Billion in Federal Real Property Up for Consideration
 

Last week, Congress passed the AGC-supported Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act. This bipartisan bill will shrink the federal footprint and streamline the disposal of excess or underutilized federal buildings. AGC has long been involved in pushing for federal real property reform and strongly supports these efforts. 

The disposal of unneeded federal real property could allow for millions and potentially billions of dollars in private and federal construction work throughout the nation, as excess federal buildings exist in every state. According to the most recent Federal Real Property Summary, the government owns more than 254,000 buildings, comprising 2.5 billion square feet of space, costing the taxpayer $14.4 billion annually. Recent estimates show 77,000 buildings are underutilized, costing $1.7 billion annually.

For more information, contact Jordan Howard at Jordan.howard@agc.org or 703-837-5325. Return to Top

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AGC EVENTS
Hotel Deadline Approaching for the Winter Financial Issues Committee
Hotel Deadline is Dec. 26 – Register Now!
 

Timely guidance, accurate advice on reporting requirements and common practices are essential items for any financial professional’s toolbox. We invite you to join your peers at the Winter 2017 AGC Financial Issues Committee, January 10-11, 2017 at Trump National Doral in Miami, FL. The two-day meeting is filled with interactive sessions, covering the latest industry issues and their financial implications.

For more information, contact Brian Lenihan at lenihanb@agc.org or (202) 547-4733. Return to Top

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Register Now for the 2017 Federal Contractors Conference
Save $50 on Registration Fee
 

Register today for the 2017 AGC Federal Contractors Conference (FEDCON) and save $50 off the registration fee. FEDCON is the premier conference for federal construction contractors to discuss the latest projects, policies and contracting issues 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. 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 http://meetings.agc.org/fedcon/registration/ or contact Jordan Howard at Jordan.howard@agc.org or 703-837-5325. Return to Top

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The AGC Lean Construction Education Program and the CM-Lean Credential Update
 

The AGC Lean Construction Education Program, LCEP, continues to gain momentum, with 2016 proving to be a big year for the program as the construction industry continues to implement Lean Construction. Almost 800 students have completed all seven units of the program and the program has 11,000 total units attended.

Additionally, owners continue to recognize the value of the AGC Lean Construction Education Program and the CM-Lean credential, and AGC chapters across the country have filled their schedules for the coming months with courses offerings and scheduled exams.

To share the principles and benefits of Lean Construction, AGC of America has launched a 50 minute self-paced e-learning course offering a foundation of the key concepts and terms used in Lean Construction, providing AGC members with the background necessary to further their Lean Construction Education. Following this course, you will be able to:

  • List examples of Lean Construction in practice.
  • Discuss benefits of Lean Construction.
  • Define Lean Construction.
  • Explain the origins of Lean Construction.
  • Describe Lean Construction tools.
  • Identify Lean Construction implementation opportunities.

For more information, contact Warren Kiesel at warren.kiesel@agc.org or (703) 837-5389. Return to Top

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