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TRANSPORTATION
Push to Include Highway Trust Fund Fix in Tax Reform Continues in House
FEDERAL CONTRACTING
AGC Trains VA Resident Engineers
ENVIRONMENT
EPA Extends and Expands 2017 ‘DERA’ Clean Diesel Funding Competition Now Underway
Sneak Peek: What’s on the Schedule for AGC’s 2017 Construction Environmental Conference?
TRANSPORTATION
Push to Include Highway Trust Fund Fix in Tax Reform Continues in House
Tell your Rep. to Sign Bipartisan Letter Supporting Long-Term Fix – DEADLINE EXTENDED
 

A bipartisan group of congressmen are circulating a letter asking House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Ranking Democrat Richard Neal (Mass.) to fix the Highway Trust Fund as a part of any tax reform package the committee considers. Contact your representative and urge them to sign this letter, which is being circulated by Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Ranking Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton (District of Columbia). As of press time, 216 members of the House have signed onto the Graves/Holmes Norton letter (check to see if your representatives has signed on).

If you recall, Representatives Graves and Holmes Norton circulated a similar letter last year (check here to see if your Rep. signed the 2016 letter) that was signed by 130 bipartisan members of the House. The FAST ACT provides funding certainty for the Highway Trust Fund through fiscal year 2020. However, following the FAST Act's expiration, the Highway Trust Fund will face cuts of approximately $18 billion per year. A permanent fix for the Highway Trust Fund needs to be found in order to eliminate these cuts.

For more information, contact Sean O’Neill at oneills@agc.org or (202) 547-8892. Return to Top

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FEDERAL CONTRACTING
AGC Trains VA Resident Engineers
What Happens Between Award and Construction
 

Last week, AGC members met with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) resident engineers from across the country for an interactive training session at the VA Acquisition Academy in Frederick, MD. AGC detailed the many steps that are involved between the time a contract is awarded and a contractor breaks ground. VA resident engineers engaged in team exercises where they brainstormed timelines of the different steps involved.  AGC walked through the whole process and addressed gaps between what the engineers perceived as a suitable timeline and the actual time needed for a contractor to complete the required steps.

Some of the topics discussed included safety reviewing specifications, the logistics of laying out trailer space, assigning personnel, creating a log for the initial Construction Project Management schedule, material delivery and lay down areas, equipment rental, logistics of moving from another project, and site storage facility.

AGC frequently engages in training sessions with federal agencies and remains dedicated to further educating federal agencies on the construction process.

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

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ENVIRONMENT
EPA Extends and Expands 2017 ‘DERA’ Clean Diesel Funding Competition Now Underway
 

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an extension and expansion of its competitive grant funding for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Clean Diesel National Funding Assistance Program. EPA increased the total funding available from $11 million to $34 million.  The program is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions, particularly from fleets operating in areas with poor air quality. In addition, clean alternative fuel conversions are now eligible.  Proposal packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through www.Grants.gov by July 5, 2017 (extended from June 20), to be considered for funding.

AGC fights to keep diesel retrofit grants flowing to equipment owners and recently signed a letter with 20 organizations urging Congress to keep subsidies flowing for replacing or retrofitting diesel engines.

For more information, contact Melinda Tomaino at tomaniom@agc.org or (703) 837-5415. Return to Top

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Sneak Peek: What’s on the Schedule for AGC’s 2017 Construction Environmental Conference?
 

Explore management solutions, tools and technology, and best practices at AGC’s 2017 Construction Environmental Conference on September 13-14 in Crystal City, Va.  The 2017 CEC is about preparation and planning.  Be prepared for the (un)known and put plans in place to address environmental responsibilities during all phases of a project.  The CEC offers value to both seasoned and emerging environmental professionals, as well as motivated individuals looking to expand their knowledge of the industry.  Get a sneak peek at the schedule, register, and make your travel arrangements today! 

Tip: Environmental managers? Check out the pre-meeting roundtable discussions on Sept. 12 designed just for you and co-located with AGC’s 2017 CEC.

For more information, contact Melinda Tomaino at tomaniom@agc.org or (703) 837-5415. Return to Top

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