U.S. EPA’s Directive to End ‘Sue and Settle’ Tactics Promises to Increase Integrity of Federal Rulemaking Process

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed an agency-wide directive (and accompanying memo) on Oct. 16 that imposes steps to end the practice known as “sue and settle” – which is a quick resolution of citizen suits by environmental groups against the EPA, involving the agency’s failure to comply with statutory deadlines for issuance […]


WebEd: New FAR and DFARS Cybersecurity Requirements for Federal Contractors: What You Need to Know

November 9, 2017 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST Register today. Federal agencies now mandate minimum cybersecurity requirements for companies that do business with the federal government. Federal agencies now require federal contractors to implement new security control requirements and ensure sensitive federal information remains confidential when stored in any nonfederal electronic system. It began in 2016 with FAR […]


House and Senate Pass Defense Bill

AGC Procurement Priorities Close to Finish Line, Blacklisting on the Radar  The House of Representatives and Senate have announced conferees for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA). The House and Senate conferees must now agree to a final version of the defense bill. The NDAA contains a host of AGC-backed federal […]


AGC Submits Recommendations to Army Corps on Regulation Reform

This week AGC submitted recommendations to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), highlighting the regulatory burden on the construction industry and offered specific program modifications and solutions relating to performing work with USACE. Among AGC recommendations are: Merging NEPA/ CWA Section 404 permitting; Reforms to Ease “Chokepoints” in 404 Program; Reforming the Nationwide General […]


Senate Poised to Pass Budget Resolution, Setting Up Procedure to Consider Tax Reform

Earlier this week, the Senate voted to proceed on consideration of the budget resolution. The budget resolution sets forth the spending levels for Congress for the upcoming fiscal year, but also contains a mechanism to fast-track legislation in the Senate called “reconciliation.”  Reconciliation measures are also not subject to the filibuster in the Senate, meaning legislation […]


TCC Testifies on Need for an Infrastructure Bill

Yesterday Jim Roberts, president & chief executive officer of Granite Construction, testified on behalf of the AGC co-chaired Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) at a hearing, “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Highways and Transit Stakeholders’ Perspectives,” in front of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. The hearing was an opportunity […]


AGC Supports HOS Exemption for Asphalt Operations

AGC submitted comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) in support of a request by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) to exempt asphalt transport and placement operations from two provisions in the truck driver hours of service (HOS) regulations. One exemption would remove the requirement that asphalt drivers take a 30 minute break […]


DOT Withdraws Local Hire Rule

The Department of Transportation (DOT) last week issued a notice to withdraw a proposed rule and end the pilot program that allowed states to require contractors to meet local hire mandates on federal-aid highway and federally assisted transit contracts. The Obama Administration proposed the permanent rule change in March of 2015 and, while the rule […]