Congress Takes Notice of Change Orders Delays

AGC-Backed Bill Encourages Transparency and Fairness

On April 18, Reps. Marc Veasey (D-Tex.) and Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) introduced an AGC-backed bill—H.R. 2344—that would require a federal construction contracting agency to pay at least 50 percent of the actual (incurred or committed) cost percent of the cost of the unilateral change order which would lessen the negative impacts from unilateral change orders directed by the government.

AGC is at the forefront of advocating for greater accountability of the change order process among the different federal agencies. This bill is the product of a congressional hearing where AGC members testified at the House Small Business Committee on change order delays and the impacts on federal construction contractors.

AGC has previously called on the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council to improve the data federal agencies collect regarding the administration of change orders in response to the Council’s information request. AGC’s recommendations would require federal agencies to collect a range of data regarding the timeliness of action by the contracting officer to encourage greater accountability.

For more information, contact Jordan Howard at [email protected] or (703) 837-5368.

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