Construction Legislative Week in Review
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Government Funding
Congress Could Head to a Partial Government Shutdown
Workforce
AGC-Supported Job Training Provisions to Become Law
Small Business
President Trump Signs Law Expanding Definition of Small Business
Events
AGC Financial Issues Committee Winter Meeting | January 10-11, 2019 | Miami, FL
2019 AGC Winter Safety & Health Conference | January 16-18, 2019 | Miami, FL
Safety Management Training Course | February 11-13, 2019 | Omaha, NE
AGC In-House Environmental Managers Meeting | February 20, 2019 | Arlington, VA
Federal Contractors Conference | June 10-12, 2019 | Washington, D.C.
Government Funding
Congress Could Head to a Partial Government Shutdown
What Contractors Should Do in the Event of a Shutdown
 
If Congress fails to pass a funding bill by Dec. 21, several federal agencies—including the Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency and General Services Administration—would face limited operations. Even if there were a partial federal government shutdown, it should be noted that federal-aid highway and transportation projects would by and large be unaffected. Nevertheless, AGC has resources for your company in the event such a government shutdown, which can be found here.
 
For more information, contact Jordan Howard at jordan.howard@agc.org or (703) 837-5368.
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Workforce
AGC-Supported Job Training Provisions to Become Law
 
President Trump is expected to sign into law criminal justice reforms in the FIRST STEP Act before the holidays. This legislation includes numerous policy changes with the goal to reduce recidivism and help ex-offenders lead productive lives after leaving the criminal justice system. Among those provisions that AGC supported are the employment and job training opportunities for ex-offenders. AGC recognizes the construction industry struggles to find qualified workers and ex-offenders struggle to find jobs. 
 
For more information, contact Jim Young at youngj@agc.org or (202) 547-0133.
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Small Business
President Trump Signs Law Expanding Definition of Small Business
Extends Lookback Time from Three to Five years
 
On Dec. 17, President Trump signed into law the Small Business Runway Extension Act (H.R. 6330), which modifies the method for assigning size standards for small businesses. Under the existing law, the Small Business Administration (SBA) requires that businesses report their average gross receipts over the previous three years to be categorized as a "small business,” including for federal contractors. The law modifies the SBA reporting requirements to allow businesses to report average earnings over the last five years, rather than three. The law will need to go through the usual SBA and FAR Council rulemaking process before small businesses receive the full benefits of the expanded lookback period.
 
For more information, contact Jordan Howard at jordan.howard@agc.org or (703) 837-5368.
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Events
AGC Financial Issues Committee Winter Meeting | January 10-11, 2019 | Miami, FL
 
The AGC Financial Issues Committee (FIC) winter meeting will be held January 10-11 at the JW Marriott Turnberry Resort in Miami, Florida. Visit the meeting site to register and book your stay!
 
Member company CFOs, controllers, tax directors, sureties, and other senior accounting professionals who seek an opportunity to learn about and discuss financial issues facing the construction industry as well as formulate positions on tax and accounting matters for the association should attend. Meetings center around discussions with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), practitioners, and financial officer breakout groups on topics including internal controls, project performance reviews, and cybersecurity solutions. Attendees also have an opportunity to network and discuss matters like audit issues, executive and congressional action on federal tax policy, and best practices for industry professionals.
 
At the committee’s earlier meeting this summer in Washington, D.C., U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) addressed attendees and provided them with a legislative update. He also addressed the recently passed tax reform legislation and discussed how it impacts the construction industry and industry priorities. The group was also privy to a presentation on the new “Opportunity Zones,” created in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act from Shay Hawkins, tax counsel to U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.), received an update on the implementation of new accounting standards, and heard from AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson about the economic outlook for construction.
 
For more information, contact Matthew Turkstra at matt.turkstra@agc.org or (202) 547-4733.
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2019 AGC Winter Safety & Health Conference | January 16-18, 2019 | Miami, FL
 
Join more than 250 industry professionals and participate in the development of regulatory and legislative activity on both a national and local level; assist in the development and creation of new safety training programs and products; and hear the latest initiatives from OSHA and other industry experts. Full details on the Conference and links to registration and the hotel room block can be found here
 
For more information, contact Nazia Shah at (703) 837-5409 or nazia.shah@agc.org.  
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Safety Management Training Course | February 11-13, 2019 | Omaha, NE
 
The AGC Safety Management Training Course (SMTC) provides attendees with three days of training on the basic skills needed to manage a company safety program in the construction industry. The SMTC program builds on Focus Four training and prepares attendees to manage key safety issues on the job site and provides techniques for delivering basic safety training to field personnel. Participants will receive intensive instruction and training that will allow them to return to their firms with readily applicable new skills to positively impact their company’s safety and health program. Visit the Safety Management Training Course page for more information.
 
For more information, contact Nazia Shah at (703) 837-5409 or nazia.shah@agc.org.  
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AGC In-House Environmental Managers Meeting | February 20, 2019 | Arlington, VA
 
Are you an environmental professional working at a general construction firm? Join your peers at the next AGC In-House Environmental Managers (IHEM) meeting on Feb. 20, 2019, at AGC’s Headquarters in Arlington, VA. The IHEM meeting creates a forum for greater peer-to-peer learning and interaction by facilitating a series of moderated roundtable discussions. You choose the topics in advance and then spend the day sharing first-hand experiences and discussing solutions to the challenges on your to-do lists. Visit the meeting site to register today.
 
Registration is open to professionals working in-house on environmental issues at general construction firms. To ensure active discussion/participation, space for this meeting is limited.  The registration fee of $199 covers breakfast items, lunch, and a reception. AGC has booked a room block with breakfast included at the Hyatt Place Arlington/Courthouse Plaza for $189 per night (plus tax and fees). Click here to book your hotel room online.
 
For more information, contact Melinda Tomaino at tomainom@agc.org or (703) 837-5401.
 
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Federal Contractors Conference | June 10-12, 2019 | Washington, D.C.
Early registration ends February 19
 
Register today for the 2019 AGC Federal Contractors Conference taking place June 10-12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. This discount offer ends February 19th and space is limited. The Federal Contractors Conference discusses 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 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, contact Jordan Howard at jordan.howard@agc.org or (703) 837-5368.
 
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