AGC Recommends U.S. DOT Regulatory Reforms

Source: AGC Highway Facts Bulletin

On July 24, AGC submitted more than 50 pages worth of regulatory reform recommendations to the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) in response to the department’s request for comment. In this comprehensive document, AGC put forth recommendations for improving the highway work zone safety, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration mandate on electronic logging devices, the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program, and the federal environmental review and permitting processes, among other things. AGC also recommended that U.S. DOT eliminate its local hire pilot program and rescind the outstanding proposed rule for such a program.

This AGC submission comes on the heels of U.S. DOT putting forth its 2017 regulatory plan last week. As part of the semi-annual Unified Regulatory and Deregulatory Agenda, U.S. DOT revealed that it has not yet determined the next action on the Obama administration’s proposed regulation on local hiring requirements. In response, AGC was once again successful in pushing Congress to include a provision in annual spending legislation that—when signed into law—would restrict the use of local hire requirements on highway and transit projects that have federal funding.

Additionally, the U.S. DOT terminated a highway work zone safety rulemaking—mandated by statute under MAP-21—that would have ensured that positive protection measures and temporary longitudinal traffic barriers would be used in work zones in certain situations. The department, however, did indicate its intent to follow through on a rulemaking to establish a pilot program authorizing five states to conduct environmental reviews and make approvals for projects under state environmental laws and regulations, rather than through the National Environmental Policy Act.

Bowen Engineering Receives National Recognition

The Alliant Build America Awards highlight the nation’s most significant construction projects, and last week ICI member Bowen Engineering Corporation received recognition in this year’s Utility Infrastructure Renovation category.

“I’m thrilled for Bob, and everyone at Bowen Engineering. This recognition shines a national spotlight on an Indiana company that has been a dedicated supporter of AGC of America for decades. Congratulations!” said ICI President Richard Hedgecock.

A panel of judges, representing all areas of construction, evaluated an impressive number of submissions this year, assessing each project’s complexity, use of innovative construction techniques and client satisfaction, among other criteria. The awards, which were announced on March 9 during the AGC of America’s annual convention in Las Vegas, are considered by many to be the most prestigious recognition of construction accomplishments in the U.S.

“The Alliant Build America Award recipients inspire and propel the construction industry; building exceptional projects, shaping America’s future and creating opportunity within our communities,” said Peter Arkley, Senior Managing Director, Alliant Insurance Services. “We congratulate this year’s winners as well as all of the other nominees for their commitment to excellence.”

AGC also released a new report analyzing the elements that made the winning projects so successful. The report found that the successful contractors are using new technology, sophisticated scheduling and innovative collaborative techniques to cope with difficult construction environments, tight timelines and lean budgets. The association is distributing the report to its members so other firms can benefit from the lessons these projects and their contractors have to offer.

View all the Alliant Build America Award winners. You can find Bowen Engineering’s award-winning work on Pages 6 and 21.
View pictures of Build America winners.

Congress Votes to Repeal Blacklisting Rule

Source: AGC of America

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Monday, March 6, 2017


Congressional Review Act Measure Repealing the Obama Administration’s So-Called “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Rule Protects Innocent Firms from Being Debarred by Unsubstantiated Allegations

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement in response to passage tonight of a Congressional Review Act measure repealing the Obama Administration’s so-called “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” rule:

“Congress has wisely voted to preserve the integrity and fairness of the federal contracting process by voting to repeal former President Obama’s blacklisting rule.  This measure, the so-called Fair Pay and Safety Workplaces rule, would have allowed government officials to debar, or blacklist, construction companies from bidding on federal projects based on the mere allegation of labor law violations without any due process.

“To be clear, there should be no place in federal contracting for unsafe or unscrupulous firms.  Yet the former President’s measure did nothing to reform or improve the existing suspension and debarment process.  Instead, it created a new layer of bureaucracy that would have given federal officials broad discretion to punish construction firms based on any number of unsubstantiated allegations without establishing a process for those firms to defend themselves.  That is why the Associated General Contractors worked so aggressively to push for passage of today’s repeal measure.

“We urge President Trump to sign this measure into law as quickly as possible.”