March 1, 2016
• Congratulations to ACEC/Hawaii for meeting their 2016 ACEC/PAC fundraising goal, joining Indiana as the first states to cross the PAC finish line this year; and thank you to Tony Bartolomeo of Pennoni Associates (PA), Phil Houser of Alfred Benesch & Company (IL), and Ralph Christie of Merrick & Company (CO) for already contributing the maximum allowable limit ($5,000) to ACEC/PAC this year.
• A Minuteman Fund grant was approved for ACEC/Kansas to help them defeat state efforts to reduce contracting-out and repeal QBS.
• EEA national judges selected 24 Grand and Honor Award winners which will be recognized along with 127 National Recognition Award winners on April 19, at the Annual Convention.
• February’s most popular webinar was “2015 Year in Review – Legal Issues for Engineers,” a timely overview of recent legal decisions and an update on common legal issues affecting our firms, including indemnification, third party beneficiaries and claims, code compliance, and damages.
• Helped to secure an 11 percent increase in Airport Improvement Program funding and beneficial provisions for drone use in House committee FAA reauthorization bill.
• The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the Cuban Embassy briefed ACEC’s International Committee on market opportunities and programs.
• ACEC-endorsed legislation was passed out of the Senate’s Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee which will limit both one-phase design-build and reverse-auctions in design-build projects in federal civil construction.
• Government cybersecurity experts from the Senate and federal agencies outlined new voluntary and regulatory initiatives underway to bolster cybersecurity for engineering services at the Environment & Energy Committee winter meeting.
• Endorsed and helped build support for a bipartisan congressional letter with 108 signatures asking the Department of Labor to revise its proposed onerous overtime pay rule.
• Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), John Duncan (R-TN), and Richard Hanna (R-NY) reintroduced ACEC-backed legislation to create a dedicated trust fund for water projects, while Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced legislation to give states greater flexibility to raise funds in the bond market to address water needs.
• Briefed DPC, ACEC/Wisconsin and ACEC/Virginia on key federal legislative and regulatory priorities.
• ACEC/PAC hosted an industry event organized by ACEC/PA for U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), and co-hosted events for U.S. Reps Mike Bost (R-IL), Ryan Costello (R-PA), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Martha Roby (R-AL), Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), John Katko (R-NY) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM).
• Released a new CASE Document: National Practice Guidelines for International Building Code-Mandated Special Inspections, available at www.acec.org/bookstore.
• 28 small firm owners attended the Small Firm Council Winter Seminar “Next Stage Financials: Valuation and Exit Strategies for Small Firms.”
• Land Development Coalition (LDC) membership recruitment campaign netted 30 new members, an increase of 27 percent.
• The education management system (RCEP) continues to grow, with 64,407 users – a 26% increase from January 2015 – two new providers include Jefferson Electric and GeoEnvironmental.
• ACEC’s Senior Executives Institute Class 21 met in New Mexico for their second session to discuss communication styles and protocols, and how personality types and assessments can impact business effectiveness.