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InsIDe AGc FedCon Brings Contractors and Agency Leadership Together BY JIMMY CHRISTIANSON DIRECTOR, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS FEDERAL & HEAVY CONSTRUCTION DIVISION NAVFAC Commander Rear Admiral Katherine Gregory and AGC President Chuck Greco sign partnering agreement. severAl hundred contrActors descended upon Capitol Hill and met with the leadership of federal construction agencies at the AGC Federal Contractors Conference held May 12-14, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The long list of dignitaries included, among others, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Rear Admiral Katherine Gregory, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Chief of Engineering and Construction James Dalton, retiredUSACE Brigadier General Duke DeLuca, former General Services Administration Administrator Dan Tangherlini and AGC contractor member-turned-Congressman Rick Allen (R-Ga.). Over 20 members of Congress also joined attendees for cocktails at the AGC Townhouse on Capitol Hill. During the conference, attendees learned about the latest federal construction project forecasts as well as laws, regulations and executive orders that will impact the way federal contractors do business. In addition to hearing about the continuing workloads - both military and civil works construction - available through USACE and NAVFAC, Air Force Civil Engineer Center Col. Mark Sloan and former Deputy Director of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Ben Scaggs discussed billions of dollars' worth of construction opportunities their agencies were looking to start over the next several years. On the legislative front, AGC's government affairs team provided an indepth discussion of federal regulations and policies on topics that included the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule to expand federal jurisdiction over wetlands - which would require more permits for more construction projects - and the president's recent blacklisting executive order that would require federal prime and subcontractors to report their labor law violations - including paperwork @Constr uctor Ma g U.S. Congressman Rick Allen (R-Ga), a freshman legislator and AGC contractor, talks to members about his experiences on and the latest from Capitol Hill. and innocent mistakes - on every bid proposal and ensure that contracting officers consider those violations before allowing the contractor to compete for a project. Attendees had about 100 meetings on Capitol Hill where they discussed these and other issues affecting the federal construction marketplace. As opposed to other federal construction meetings, construction agencies at the Federal Contractors Conference also seek input from and open dialogue with contractors on a range of issues. For example, a major theme for the conference was the need for contractors and agencies to partner more frequently on the project level. NAVFAC and the Natural Resources Conservation Service both signed partnering agreements with AGC to memorialize their support for such endeavors. NAVFAC Rear Admiral Gregory additionally requested more meetings with AGC contractors to work to solve source selection and post-contract award concerns, like non-responsive agency answers to contractor requests for information and change order delays. USACE's James Dalton requested help from AGC and its members on improving the agency's utilization of technology to allow for better communication on the jobsite between owner and contractor. Attendees and AGC contractors at the Federal Contractors Conference not only learned about the latest projects to hit the street or rulemakings that will make the job more difficult, but also had the opportunity to substantively address the contracting issues directly with the agency leaders. Much of the work on developing and encouraging this dialogue happens throughout the year through the AGC Federal & Heavy Construction Division Task Force level. This conference represented a positive step forward in those ongoing discussions and we encourage other AGC members to get involved with the Division and to join us next year for the conference. ◆ J u l y / A u g u s t 2 0 1 5 | www.constructormagazine.com 33 http://www.constructormagazine.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - July/August 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
CEO’S LETTER
REBUILDING MOTOR CITY
THE REAL DETROIT
RAISING THE GRADE
FEDCON BRINGS CONTRACTORS AND AGENCY LEADERSHIP TOGETHER
HOOKED UP
2015 WILLIS CONSTRUCTION SAFETY EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS
PUTTING MOORE INTO SAFETY
SIMONSON SAYS
THE ROAD TO SAFETY
CONSTRUCTION SAFETY APPS SAVE WORKER LIVES
DEEP SPACE FINE
TIME TO ENGAGE
COORDINATION LEADS TO TRIUMPH
AGC IN ACTION
TREASURE TROVE
A P3 PRIMER
MEMBER AND CHAPTER NEWS
THREE MUST HAVES IN A FLEET MANAGEMENT SOLUTION
LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY NEWS
A LABOR OF LOVE
TECHNOLOGY TOOLBOX
BEYOND THESE PAGES
UPCOMING EVENTS
2015 REGIONAL RESOURCE GUIDE
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS
FINAL INSPECTION

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