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FROM ACEC TO YOU ENGINEERINGINC. THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES CHAIRMAN PRESIDENT & CEO VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS VICE PRESIDENT, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS VICE PRESIDENT, INSTITUTE FOR BUSINESS MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS and MEDIA STAFF EDITOR Infrastructure at Forefront Of Capitol Hill Debate Transportation infrastructure funding has moved to center stage on Capitol Hill with U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar’s (D-Minn.) plan to pass a six-year, $500 billion Surface Transportation Authorization Act in this Congress. At the same time, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has urged Congress to delay consideration of the six-year bill and instead pass an 18-month extension to allow Congress “the time it needs to fully deliberate the direction of American transportation policies.” ACEC strongly opposes any delay in the new six-year transportation program and is working with key congressional leaders and industry allies to gain action on a package this year. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chair of the powerful U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, offers her views on the nation’s transportation outlook, along with critical water/wastewater and climate change legislation, in an exclusive Engineering Inc. interview beginning on page 8. Results from the 2009 ACEC Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) Survey of Member Firms show that competition is keeping premiums down, but the number of firms paying “frivolous” claims has increased and the level of firm satisfaction with their respective PLI programs has markedly declined. This issue of Engineering Inc. also presents ACEC Executive Committee views on megatrends having an impact on engineering markets, in addition to a report on the risks and rewards awaiting engineers who provide expert witness testimony. Don’t forget to register early for the upcoming Fall Conference in Palm Springs, Calif., to be held Oct. 7–10 at the luxurious La Quinta Resort. The Conference features Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico. Fox is considered one of the world’s most important voices on contemporary political and business issues. See page 28. Timothy Psomas David A. Raymond Mary Ann Emely Steven Hall Jeffrey L. Beard Alan D. Crockett Andrea Keeney 202-682-4347 Gerry Donohue SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS WRITER ACEC PUBLIC RELATIONS AND EDITORIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN Cynthia K. Allen THE MAGAZINE GROUP EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Thomas Halligan Corey Murray ART DIRECTORS Jeff Kibler, Melissa Hamid PROJECT MANAGER Mary Mieszczanski MANAGING EDITOR ADVERTISING SALES Nina Goldman Director Advertising & Sponsorships ACEC 1015 15th Street, NW, 8th Floor Washington, D.C. 20005-2605 202-682-4325 Engineering Inc., Volume 20, Number 4 (ISSN 1539-2694), is published bi-monthly by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), 1015 15th Street, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005-2605. Periodicals postage paid at Washington, D.C., and at additional mailing offices. Annual subscriptions are $24 for members (included in dues as a non-deductible amount); $45 for U.S. non-members; $65 for institutional subscriptions. Back issues are $15. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Engineering Inc., c/o ACEC, 1015 15th Street NW, 8th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005-2605. © 2009 American Council of Engineering Companies. All rights reserved. This publication may be copied, downloaded from the ACEC website, stored in electronic or hard-copy format, and disseminated to third parties for educational and information purposes. ACEC expressly disclaims any liability for damages of any kind in connection with such copying, downloading, storage, and/or dissemination. By copying, downloading, storing and/or disseminating this publication, the recipient of this publication expressly agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold ACEC, its officers, directors, employees, volunteers and agents harmless from and against any and all losses, damages, claims, causes of action and liabilities, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, arising out of or resulting from the recipient’s use of this publication. Notwithstanding the above, no part of this publication may be altered, resold, licensed, or used for any other commercial purposes without the prior written permission of ACEC. Recipients may opt out of receiving the electronic version of this publication from ACEC by sending an e-mail with the subject line “Unsubscribe” to ACEC at Timothy Psomas ACEC Chairman David A. Raymond ACEC President & CEO WWW.AC EC .O RG 2 ENGINEERING INC. JULY / AUGUST 2009 http://WWW.ACEC.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Engineering Inc. - July/August 2009

Engineering Inc. - July/August 2009
Table of Contents
From ACEC to You
News and Notes
Market Watch
Legislative Action
Cover Story: Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
Holding Court
Guest Column
2009 ACEC Professional Liability Insurance Survey
2009-2010 Executive Committee
2009 Fall Conference Primer
Members in the News
One On One

Engineering Inc. - July/August 2009