Construction Legislative Week in Review
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INFRASTRUCTURE
AGC Submits Comments on Administration’s “Buy America” Executive Order for Pipeline Construction
REGULATIONS
Trump Admin. Seeks Advice on Construction Permitting/Regulatory Issues
AGC EVENTS
AGC Keynotes National Partnering Conference
Register for AGC’s Federal Contractors Conference Today
TCC Fly-In April 27 Hotel Deadline Approaches
WebED: The Army Corps and CPARS: Navigating the Past Performance Evaluation Process
INFRASTRUCTURE
AGC Submits Comments on Administration’s “Buy America” Executive Order for Pipeline Construction
 

President Trump issued an Executive Memorandum Regarding Pipeline Construction, which directed the Department of Commerce to develop a plan to use only materials produced in the United States for all pipeline construction. AGC submitted comments to the Department of Commerce detailing the construction industry’s concerns with the Memorandum and its practical implications on members.

AGC objected to the overly narrow definition of what kinds of products would constitute being “produced in the United States.” The definition would require all processes for a given iron or steel product to take place in the U.S., including melting and pouring, which pits some U.S. companies against other U.S. producers and picks winners and losers. By defining “produced in the United States” as “melting,” the Memorandum excludes U.S. facilities and workers that heat or “hot roll” steel but don’t melt it from continuing to participate in the private pipeline market, ultimately punishing U.S. companies and their workers alongside foreign producers.

AGC also questioned the legality of applying such domestic content requirements on construction materials to private projects altogether. Attaching such conditions to the receipt of a federal permit is a very dangerous slippery slope that opens the door to all sorts of federal requirements that have never before been conditions on privately funded construction work. Such an action could lead to the creation of more federal impediments—not fewer—to building infrastructure. The federal government denying U.S. companies access to private markets is unprecedented and will result in job losses for U.S. workers.

AGC will continue to monitor this issue and work with the federal agencies to make sure that new impediments to construction don’t arise from executive actions.

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

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REGULATIONS
Trump Admin. Seeks Advice on Construction Permitting/Regulatory Issues
AGC Provides Comprehensive, Detailed Response
 

In a comprehensive, 64 page response, AGC answered the Dept. of Commerce’s (DOC) request for information (RFI) on the impact of federal permitting/regulatory requirements on the construction and expansion of domestic manufacturing facilities. AGC noted a host of federal environmental permitting hurdles and other regulatory burdens that extensively delay and increase costs for construction of these facilities.

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

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AGC EVENTS
AGC Keynotes National Partnering Conference
 

AGC of America provided a keynote address to the “Innovative and Effective Partnering Practices Conference,” pointing out strong industry support for partnering and highlighting the annual Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Awards Program. Eight AGC chapters attended the conference, which included a good showing from contractors, state Departments of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration officials. Federal Highway has included partnering as one of its Every Day Counts initiatives this year to highlight the benefits that come from collaboration and avoiding project disputes.

The conference included sessions on the use of partnering as part of alternative delivery procedures, sharing best practices in the use of partnering, keeping the momentum going during project delivery and kick starting a partnering program that has become routine and less impactful. A special session was held to discuss the latest developments on risk based partnering. FHWA will be hosting webinars in the future to keep the partnering process moving forward.

For more information, contact Brian Deery atdeeryb@agc.org or (703) 837-5319. Return to Top

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Register for AGC’s Federal Contractors Conference Today
May 1-3 in Washington, DC.
 

We are just a few days away from the 2017 Federal Contractors Conference, held May 1-3 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Register today for AGC’s Federal Contractors Conference. The premier conference for federal construction contractors to discuss the latest projects, policies and contracting issues facing the industry with federal agencies. To view the agenda, click here. This conference offers the latest project forecasts, expert insight on upcoming regulatory hurdles, and ample networking opportunities with agency decision makers that are critical to being competitive in the federal construction market. Join construction industry leaders and their federal agency counterparts at the Federal Contractors Conference.

For more information, contact Jordan Howard at jordan.howard@agc.org or (703) 837-5368. Return to Top

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TCC Fly-In April 27 Hotel Deadline Approaches
 

The room block for the annual TCC Fly-In, held at the Capitol Hill Hyatt ends on Monday, April 17. If you are planning to attend please makes your room reservations by that date directly with the Hyatt Regency. The Fly-In is scheduled for May 17-18. AGC has also planned a pre-Fly-In workshop on Elements of a Successful State Funding Campaign. To register please visit the AGC website.

For more information, contact Brian Deery atdeeryb@agc.org or (703) 837-5319. Return to Top

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WebED: The Army Corps and CPARS: Navigating the Past Performance Evaluation Process
Apr. 24 from 2-3:30 p.m. ET
 

Register now for the complimentary WebEd from 2 to 3:30 pm EST on April 24, The Army Corps and CPARS: Navigating the Past Performance Evaluation Process. During this webinar, representatives from Corps Headquarters, Clark Construction and AGC will discuss CPARS generally and Corps’ policies and initiatives around this federal government-wide past performance evaluation system. The webinar will include helpful tips on how to navigate the CPARS process as a contractor as well as resources on the process of which every federal construction contractor should be intimately aware.

Past performance evaluations are critical to federal construction contractors' ability to win contracts. The Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) is what federal agencies—including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)—uses to evaluate federal construction contractors. It is essential that contractors know the ins and outs of CPARS to be successful in the federal construction market.

Click here to register today.

For more information, contact Jordan Howard at jordan.howard@agc.org or (703) 837-5368. Return to Top

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