House Passes AGC-Backed Procurement Reforms
On Oct. 1, the House approved the conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, which includes several AGC-supported procurement reforms. These reforms would:
- Help prevent fraud in the federal construction surety bond market by requiring that individual sureties back their bonds with real, easy to value assets—like U.S. Treasury bonds and instruments.
- Mandate that Defense Department agencies—including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Naval Facilities Engineering Command—consider the past performance of the individual companies in joint venture/teaming arrangements that include a small business, not merely the past performance of the joint venture.
- Address a recent court decision that would require small business construction contractors to only purchase their materials and supplies—i.e., steel, furniture and equipment for the project— from other small businesses. The
legislative reform provides an exclusion for construction contractors from what
is called the “non-manufacturer rule” meant to prevent small business
manufactures from merely acting as fronts for large manufacturers through small
business set-aside contracts for goods.
Read full article here.
Veterans Affairs Projects Above $100 Million Will Go Through Army Corps
Both chambers of Congress recently approved the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2015 that will require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)—or other federal construction owners—to execute U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA) construction projects over $100 million. AGC sent a letter urging members of Congress to support the act, which passed the Senate by unanimous consent on Sept. 25 and passed the House on a 423-0 vote
on Sept. 30. The president is expected to sign the measure into law, which would apply only to new projects, not projects currently under development or construction.
The act also increases the authorized funding level for the Aurora, Colorado VA Hospital Project. In conjunction with this increase in authorization level, the congressionally-approved continuing resolution that funds the government through Dec. 11 also includes a provision that provides the VA an additional $625 million. The project is expected to cost $1.7 billion, which is nearly three times what the agency planned to spend in 2011.
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Your Time is Now: Alliant Build America Awards Applications Due Oct. 30
The deadline to apply for
an Alliant Build America Award is quickly approaching, but it’s not too late!
These awards honor AGC members who build the nation's most impressive
construction projects ranging across the building, highway and transportation,
utility infrastructure, and federal and heavy divisions. If that sounds like
you, we encourage you to apply online for
some much-deserved recognition for your outstanding projects. As an added
bonus, all entry fees are donated to the AGC
Education and Research Foundation’s Alliant Build America Scholarship Fund
and matched by Alliant
to double the impact for young constructors across the country. Apply by
Friday, Oct. 30, for full consideration. Learn more about AGC of America's
awards programs at www.agc.org/awards.
Honor Your Outstanding Student Chapter
School is back
in session, students are re-energized from the summer - it’s the perfect time
to remind your student chapters about an opportunity to showcase the impact
they have made in their communities!
AGC of America
believes that community involvement is key to leadership in our industry.
Therefore, the AGC Outstanding Student Chapter Award is given to those Student
Chapters that undertake projects that benefits the local community – whether
it’s the school campus, a community organization or private person – and has a
significant impact. It is our expectation that by undertaking challenging
projects, with help from their sponsoring AGC Chapter and/or local AGC member
firms, college and university students will learn fundamental AGC tenets of
skill, integrity and responsibility so that they will become outstanding
industry leaders. For more information click here.
Fill out your application today!
Construction Unemployment Falls to Lowest September Mark in 15 Years as Hiring Slows Amid Growing Worker Shortages
The number of unemployed workers with construction
experience dropped to the lowest total for September since 2000, as hiring
continued to slow despite robust demand for construction, according to an
analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association
officials cautioned that the hiring slowdown most likely reflects a lack of
available workers that could lead to project delays unless more students and
workers join the construction sector.
the construction workforce has been slowing throughout 2015, just at the time
that construction spending has accelerated to a multi-year high,” said Ken
Simonson, the association's chief economist. “Contractors would love to hire
more workers but there aren’t enough qualified craft workers or supervisors
available.” Read full press release here.
AGC Helps Members Save on Health Insurance
AGC of America now offers a new, dynamic and
cost-effective way for AGC member firms to provide quality health insurance and
other employee benefits. Discover how The AGC Alternative can help your company build a better benefits package –
one that benefits you and your employees.
To learn more or to get a quote for your company prior
to your renewal, visit www.agc.org/exchange or call us at
Register for the 19th Annual AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference
November 4-6 | Las Vegas, Nev.
and the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) will jointly hold
Annual AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference on
Nov. 4-6, 2015 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. This three-day conference offers
programs and workshops designed specifically for financial professionals in the
construction industry. The 32 interactive sessions will cover the latest
industry issues and their financial implications.
may earn up to 20 continuing professional education (CPE) credits for
more information, please visit meetings.agc.org/agc_cfma
or contact Brynn Huneke at email@example.com.
Early Bird Rates End This Month for the Winter FIC Meeting
has opened early-bird registration for the Winter 2016 AGC Financial Issues
Committee Meeting at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ on January 13-14, 2016.
Meeting agenda and activities will be circulated in the coming weeks and
available on the meeting’s site. Please visit the site to register as
well as view presentations and agendas of recent meetings. Approximately 40
member company CFOs and other senior accounting professionals regularly attend
the AGC FIC meetings. The Committee is geared toward member company CFOs,
Controllers, Tax Directors and other senior accounting professionals – in which
attendees have an opportunity to learn as well as formulate positions on tax
and accounting matters that directly affect AGC member companies. Attendees
also have an opportunity to network and discuss a wide variety of topics,
including: audit issues faced by construction companies; congressional action
on tax policy; and an economic outlook for the industry.
and Segments include:
- Overview of
projects and operations with FASB
Update with AGC Chief Economist
& Presidential Update with AGC Government Affairs Staff
Discussion with Zurich North America on the Surety Perspective on
Enterprise Risk Management. Moderated by D.A. Davidson &
more information, please visit http://meetings.agc.org/fic/ or contact Brynn Huneke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration Open for March Construction Project Manager Course
March 20-25, 2016 | Atlanta, GA
now open for AGC's Construction Project Manager Course (PMC) being held March
20-25, 2016 at the Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree in Atlanta, Georgia.
experience an interactive program that explores the critical areas of project
management that seasoned project managers tackle on a daily basis. The course's
curriculum builds on itself throughout the week, starting with the impact
planning has on the overall project and moving on to cover scheduling,
productivity and subcontractor/vendor management as well as legal issues and
contract clauses, record-keeping and much more.
This program is
eligible for up to 40 hours of continuing education credit. In addition to
earning credit hours toward licensing and other professional designations, at
the end of the week PMC graduates leave the course with a new arsenal of
techniques, an expanded network of professional mentors and colleagues, and the
empowerment to bring their very best to their projects, their teams and their
Don’t delay! Our
last program was a sell out and there are limited seats available! Register
by November 27th and
receive $500 off! All-Inclusive Tuition: Fee includes tuition, hotel accommodations
for five nights, catered meals and all course materials. Register
information, please contact Sharon Means at email@example.com.
EPA Finalizes Rules on Ozone Levels, Sets New Standard to 70 Parts per Billion
released its new stricter National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for
ozone pollution, dropping the permissible levels from 75 parts per billion
(ppb) to 70 ppb. The new rule is drawing criticism from industry. As AGC’s comments
on the proposed version of the rule point out, the 75 ppb standard was only
recently set, back in 2008, and the implementing guidance
was not finalized until February 2015. Under the new 70 ppb standard, 241 counties
will be in violation, using 2012-2014 monitoring data. However, EPA notes
that they will likely use 2014-2016 data when they designate areas of
will feel the effects of tighter ozone limits, mainly via restrictions on
equipment emissions in areas with poor air quality (direct impact), as well as
additional controls on industrial facilities and planning requirements for
transportation-related sources (indirect impact). Notably, nonattainment
counties that are out of compliance with CAA ozone standards could have federal
highway funds withheld.
For more information, please contact Leah Pilconis at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Melinda Tomaino at email@example.com
Scholarship Application Deadline is Quickly Approaching
Scholarship Applications Must Be Submitted by November 2, 2015
Just a friendly reminder
that the deadline for the AGC Education and Research Foundation Scholarship
applications for the 2016-17 academic year is a month away. The
application period runs through midnight eastern standard time November 2, 2015. Full criteria for
scholarship eligibility and the application may be found at http://scholarship.agc.org.
Students in ABET or
ACCE-accredited civil engineering or construction management programs are
eligible. The scholarships for undergraduates are $2,500 per year and can be
renewed for up to three years. Students must be entering their sophomore,
junior or senior year (or the final year of a five-year program) in the fall of
2016 in order to apply. Graduate students are eligible for $3,750
annually up to a maximum of $7,500.
For more information contact
Melinda Patrician at (703) 837-5342 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Ashley Schofield at
703-837-5356 or Ashley.email@example.com.
Year-to-Date Collective Bargaining Deals Lead to Average First-Year Pay Increase of 2.5 Percent
Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) has released its second report of
the year on collective bargaining settlements in the industry. Settlements reported between January and
September 2015 resulted in an average first-year wage-and-benefit increase of
2.5 percent or $1.25. For newly
negotiated multiyear agreements, the average second-year increase was 2.6
percent or $1.32, and the average third-year increase was 2.6 percent or
$1.38. The average first-year increase
is higher in both percentage and dollar amount than that of recent years, but
the second- and third-year increases are relatively flat, CLRC reports. CLRC further observes that the most common
first-year increase amounts to date in 2015 lie in the $1.21-$1.40 range, which
is much higher than those of the prior two years, which lie in the $0.81-$1.00
range. The percentage of settlements
with no increase has significantly declined – from 8 percent in both 2014 and
2013 to just 2 percent so far this year.
highest average first-year increase reported so far this year came from the
Northwest Region (AK, ID, OR, WA) at 2.9 percent or $1.57, while the lowest
came from the Southeast Region (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA) at 1.4
percent or $0.50. It is worth noting
that data from the Northwest Region covers only six reported agreements out of
the 165 total agreements analyzed in the report. The greatest number of settlements, 109, came
from the East North Central Region (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI, WV), which had an
average first-year increase of 2.6 percent or $1.31.
Read full article here.
ConsensusDocs Celebrates Eight Years of Providing Fair and Balanced Industry Standard Contracts
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