Federal Contractor Report

Associated General Contractors of America

Federal Government

Cutoff Date This Tuesday

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. The Mayflower Hotel rooms are full, but AGC has reserved a limited number of additional rooms at the nearby Loews Madison Hotel. Make your Loews Madison Hotel reservation by Tuesday, April 11, to get the AGC-discounted room rate.

Register today for AGC’s Federal Contractors Conference. This is the premier conference for federal construction contractors to discuss the latest projects, policies and contracting issues facing the industry with federal agencies. 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.
Click on the agency to see the draft agendas:

Army Corps of Engineers
Naval Facility Engineering Command
General Services Administration
Department of Veterans Affairs
Small Business Administration
Air Force Civil Engineer Center
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Bureau of Reclamation

To register for AGC’s Federal Contractors Conference, click here.

Federal Agencies
Take a Five Minute Survey

Are you wondering what sort of issues your colleagues in the construction industry go through for change orders when dealing with federal construction projects? Consider participating in the Change Orders Survey. AGC is working with the National Association of Credit Management and the Construction Industry Procurement Coalition to investigate the causes, effects and control measures of change orders on federal construction projects. With your valuable input, the information gleaned from this anonymous survey will be shared with participants in future AGC articles and will be used by the participating associations to pursue legislative and executive branch solutions to change order challenges.

Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z8YDHZ2 to view the full article online.

Enforcement Begins Sept. 23, 2017
On April 6, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it will delay enforcement of the respirable crystalline standard for construction for three months—until Sept. 23, 2017. In its announcement, OSHA explained that the construction silica standard has a number of unique features warranting development of additional guidance and educational materials before enforcement begins. AGC continues to believe that implementation of this standard is technically infeasible and continues to challenge it in court.

Visit https://www.naylornetwork.com/ngc-fcreport/articles/index.asp?aid=435364&issueID=58435 to view the full article online.

Last Monday, the president repealed the OSHA "Volks" Rule by signing the congressional resolution of disapproval. AGC led a lobbying effort in passing the bill and issued a statement after the vote that the bill will preserve worker safety while protecting the Constitution and respecting court rulings.

Visit https://www.naylornetwork.com/ngc-fcreport/articles/index.asp?aid=435530&issueID=58435 to view the full article online.

Naylor Association Solutions
Naylor Association Solutions
AGC of America unveiled a new study designed to improve the safety of construction workers as it announced that two-thirds of metro areas added construction jobs during the past 12 months. Association officials said the new safety study is designed to help construction firms prevent workplace fatalities and injuries.

Visit https://www.agc.org/news/2017/04/04/construction-association-unveils-steps-improve-worker-safety-239-out-358-metro-areas to view the full article online.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
WebEd: 2017 Outlook: More Potential, More Uncertainty
2 to 3 p.m.

Monday, May 1, 2017 to Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Federal Contrators Conference
Washington, District Of Columbia

Thursday, May 4, 2017
WebEd: How Different Design-Build Contracts Impact Your Bottom-line, and a Comparison of New Design-Build Agreement from ConsensusDocs, DBIA, and AIA
 2 to 3:30 p.m.

May 17-19, 2017
TCC Fly-In 2017
Washington, District Of Columbia

May 23-24, 2017
2017 ACI-NA/ACC/AGC Airport Construction Strategy Summit
Los Angeles, California

On two separate occasions last week, President Trump indicated that he intends to accelerate the timeframe in which he will propose his $1 trillion infrastructure plan. Additionally, Transportation Secretary Chao briefed a small group of Republican House Members on an infrastructure package that may be moving as soon as the middle of May. Neither the President nor Secretary Chao provided any level of detail other than that the plan will rely on both private and public funds and will cut red tape that contributes to a delay in infrastructure projects.

Visit https://www.naylornetwork.com/ngc-fcreport/articles/index.asp?aid=435531&issueID=58435 to view the full article online.

On Tuesday, April 4, AGC of America staff along with the AGC Highway and Transportation Division chairman, Don Diederich, joined national partners from the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Labor, and the Maryland Department of Transportation to launch the 2017 National Work Zone Awareness Week. The event, which ran from April 3-7, 2017, raises awareness that – for the safety of everyone – work zones require drivers to remain focused and stay alert. According to the latest data available, approximately 700 fatalities occurred in highway work zones in 2015 with 130 being workers.

For more information, contact Kevin Cannon at cannonk@agc.org or (703) 837-5410.

AGC News
Construction spending increased from January to February and from a year ago, as private residential and public construction grew for the month and private-sector demand increased for the year, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the February data indicates the need for Congress and the Trump administration to work together to reform dated tax codes and to boost investments in aging infrastructure to boost broader economic growth that will stimulate more demand for construction.

Visit https://www.agc.org/news/2017/04/04/construction-spending-increases-february-private-residential-and-public-sector to view the full article online.