AGC supports EOs that would bring more transparency
On Oct. 9, the president signed two executive orders (EO) that would make it more difficult for federal agencies to regulate through guidance and policy documents that are not otherwise subject to public comment or notice requirements under law.
AGC submits comments
On Sept. 25, AGC, along with a coalition of stakeholders, filed comments
on Version 0.4 of the draft Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification
(CMMC). According to the Department of Defense (DOD), the CMMC model will continue to be improved over the next several months with the finalization of v1.0 in January 2020. DOD will begin including the final CMMC model as “go/no go” in all solicitations starting in Fall 2020. DOD envisions at least one additional round of public comments for the draft CMMC Model v0.6 in November 2019. AGC of America was disappointed to see that stakeholders were given just 21 days to review and comment on the v.0.4 CMMC Model and urges DOD for significantly more time to review and comment on v0.6 CMMC Model when it is released later this year.
Consolidates 10 federal award systems into one
Currently, the General Services Administration (GSA) manages federal acquisition and awards processes in 10 online websites (CFDA, FBO, FPDS-NG, SAM, WDOL, CPARS, FAPIIS, PPIRS, eSRS, FSRS). Starting in November, those sites will be consolidated into one single system. The goal is to provide a central entry point for those who make, receive, and manage federal awards. beta.SAM.gov
is the next step in GSA’s effort to streamline and consolidate the federal award system
into a single online site.
Sets salary threshold of $35,568 per year
On Sept. 25, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule updating the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative or professional employees from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime pay requirements and allowing employers to count a portion of certain bonuses (and commissions) toward meeting the salary level. The final rule includes many of AGC’s policy recommendations
On Oct. 15, AGC and coalition partners made the case
to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) — in response to the agency’s request for information
— to include more engineering and work practice control methods that effectively limit exposure to silica for the equipment and tasks currently on Table 1. Expanding the standard’s Table 1 could provide employers with more flexibility and reduce regulatory burdens while maintaining protections for employees. Specifically, AGC recommended adding (1) an “under one-hour” table for equipment/tasks and controls for short-term activities; (2) dry cutting with vacuum attachments for stationary masonry saws and handheld power saws; and (3) the use of standard shop vacuums as part of engineering controls. AGC also recommended that OSHA exclude mortar mixing and drywall installation/finishing, as data show that the exposure levels for these activities are below actionable levels. AGC will provide further updates as the agency considers these recommendations.
Please take a quick survey so AGC of America can better support next year’s safety week efforts
AGC of America became a signature supporter of National Construction Safety Week in 2019. As part of that effort, we encouraged member firms to get involved in and help organize National Construction Safety Week events in May. As we prepare to support the 2020 National Construction Safety Week, please take a few moments to complete the survey
. Understanding how member firms honored the 2019 Week will allow us to better support this important effort next year. For more information or to find out how you can get involved in the 2020 National Construction Safety Week, please contact AGC of America’s Vice President of Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives Brian Turmail at email@example.com
Applications close Oct. 23
On Oct. 23, applications for Construction Risk Partners Build America Award, Marvin M. Black Partnering Excellence Award, AGC Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award, AGC Construction Innovation Award and/or AGC in the Community Award close. Apply now before it’s too late!
Texas and Nevada have biggest number and percent of annual job gains, while Louisiana has largest losses; Texas and Hawaii experience largest one-month gains as Virginia and North Dakota have worst declines
Thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between September 2018 and September 2019, while construction employment increased in 28 states from August to September, according to an analysis by AGC of America of Labor Department data released recently. Association officials said that it is likely additional states would have added new construction jobs if firms could find more qualified workers to hire.