The House Small Business Committee will, on the week of January 30, begin to roll out several major pieces of legislation to reform and modernize small business contracting. AGC had the opportunity to provide input on many of the proposals that will be released over the next several weeks. The legislative package represents a total of seven free-standing bills and will cover the following areas:
On Jan. 24, 2012, President Obama issued his State of the Union address to call on the federal government to reform itself by streamlining the federal government and cutting burdensome regulations for Americans who are still hurting from the recession.
With only 66 days remaining until the expiration of the latest highway and transit authorization extension, today AGC kicked-off a comprehensive grassroots and communications campaign asking Congress to take action on a reauthorization bill before March 31, 2012.
AGC secured two major legislative victories in the so-called “do-nothing” Congress in 2011, including: (1) repeal of the 3 percent tax withholding mandate on local, state and federal government contracts for goods and services; and (2) repeal of the expanded Form 1099 requirement that was a part of Health Care “reform”.
On Dec. 9, 2011, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) proposed significant changes to its regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which would revise the nondiscrimination and affirmative action obligations of direct federal contractors and their subcontractors regarding individuals with disabilities.
Work on an authorization bill for highway and transit funding continues in both the House and Senate. The current extension of the authorization expires on March 31. The authorization still faces many obstacles in both chambers, however, this is the closest Congress has come to passing a transportation bill since the current authorization (SAFETEA-LU) expired on Sep. 30, 2009.
An agreement between House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) over a 2010 National Mediation Board (NMB) rule, that changed procedures for airline and rail workers’ union elections, has opened the way for final agreement on long-term Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization legislation. With the latest extension of FAA authorization set to expire on Jan. 31, the House approved an extension of FAA authorization through Feb.17, the 23rd extension, and the Senate is expected to follow suit.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made available three guides and related materials on the handling and disposal of waste that may contain polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB), asbestos or mercury (specifically fluorescent lamps).