On April 8, President Obama took two executive actions that will impact federal contractors. First, the president signed an executive order (EO) that will require federal contractors to allow their employees to discuss their earnings with one another. Second, the president signed a presidential memorandum (PM) instructing the U.S. Secretary of Labor to issue new regulations requiring federal contractors to submit to the Department of Labor (DOL) data on compensation paid to their employees, including by sex and race.
Register for the Federal Contractors Conference by April 24 and Save $100
With the fiscal year 2014 budget in place and the president’s fiscal year 2015 budget released, federal agencies have a better understanding of the projects coming down the pike. Many top federal agency leaders and their colleagues will discuss their plans at the 2014 AGC Federal Contractors Conference held June 10-12 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Will you be there to hear what they say and get a jump on the competition?
On Wednesday, House Budget Committee approved 22-16, in a party-line vote, a draft fiscal 2015 budget resolution that would adhere to the discretionary budget authority of $1.014 trillion for fiscal 2015. This budget calls for a number of pro-growth tax reform policies including:
U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno recently testified before the House Armed Services Committee in support of a new Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round in fiscal year 2017. With a reduction of some 200,000 active duty troops since the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and increased cuts, the Army representatives underscored the Department of Defense’s (DOD) deep desire and need to undergo a new BRAC round.
On April 2, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Commanding General Thomas Bostick and Assistant Secretary of the Army—Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy defended President Obama’s proposed nearly $1 billion cut to the Civil Works funding accounts in fiscal year (FY) 2015 before the House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. Compared to the enacted FY 2014 funding levels for Civil Works programs, the president’s FY 2015 budget includes a $531 million cut to the construction account, a $261 million cut to the operation and maintenance account—which funds dredging and harbor maintenance projects—and a $62 million cut to the Mississippi River and Tributaries account—which funds construction and dredging projects in the lower Mississippi region.
This week, AGC sent a letter opposing the possible use of a project labor agreement (PLA) mandate posted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for construction of a new hospital bed tower at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Department of Veterans Affairs, in Tampa, Fla.
Take Action: Urge Your U.S. Senators and Representative to Support H.R. 2751
On March 5, the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee unanimously approved by voice vote the Common Sense Construction Contracting Act of 2013, H.R. 2751, introduced by Representative Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.). This legislation would essentially prohibit federal agencies from procuring construction services through reverse auctions. This is the first major hurdle the bill had to jump before coming law. However, more hurdles remain ahead in the legislative process. Please take action and urge your U.S. Senators and Representative to support H.R. 2751.
Take Action: Visit AGC’s Legislative Action Center to Submit Your Comments Today
On Sept. 12, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a proposed new rule on silica exposure. AGC members, chapters and interested stakeholders are encouraged to submit comment letters opposing the proposed new rule on silica exposure through the AGC Legislative Action Center (LAC). A sample, editable letter has been provided for your convenience and can be customized to your respective operations. Click here to access the letter. All comments must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) Feb. 11, 2014.