Discuss Federal Agency Reforms
On June 9, AGC met with senior officials at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to discuss ways to restructure federal agencies, improve the functions of federal procurement, and prevent agencies from duplicating and directly competing with the private sector for activities already performed by construction companies. On March 13, the President signed an Executive Order that aims to make the federal government more efficient, effective, and accountable. This Executive Order directs the Office of Management and Budget to present the president with a plan that recommends ways to reorganize the executive branch and eliminate unnecessary programs within government agencies.
Among some of the reforms AGC urged were:
- Rescind President Obama’s Executive Order mandating government agencies to use Project Labor Agreements (PLA) in large-scale federal construction projects where the total cost to the government is $25 million or more;
- Eliminate the General Services Administration’s PLA preference policy that gives additional points to contractor bids for including a PLA;
- Reform the federally assisted construction acquisition processes;
- Recalibrating the federal real estate portfolio management system for long-term savings;
- Dispose of excess civilian federal real property;
- Streamline the federal environmental review & permitting processes;
- Evaluate the disadvantaged business enterprise program for effectiveness; and
- Shorten and standardize the statute of limitation for challenges to claims seeking judicial review of an environmental permit, license or approval issued by a Federal agency for an infrastructure project.
AGC continues to be at the forefront of federal reform in order to create a contractor-friendly environment and help federal owners and contractors deliver construction projects in a safe, efficient and timely manner. Late last year, AGC shared its federal agency regulatory, compliance and enforcement plan – titled “Make Federal Agencies Responsible Again” – with members of the Trump Presidential Transitional Team.
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