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infrastructure improvements, the Senate
Appropriations Committee separately
advanced such a provision in the annual
funding bill for the Department of
Transportation. The F.Y. 2018 funding bill
would raise the cap from $4.50 to $8.50
per passenger on originating flights, which
would raise an additional $1.75 billion
per year. ACEC is coordinating with other
stakeholders to retain the increase as the
bill moves through the legislative process.
ACEC is also working to advance an
amendment to expand the coverage of
federal Qualifications-Based Selection
requirements for airport projects, as well
as provisions in both House and Senate
FAA bills related to unmanned aircraft
systems, including a risk-based permitting
process for expanded commercial
operations, and additional research and
development into new and emerging
technologies.
Action on both bills is expected in
September. Current FAA programs are
set to expire on Sept. 30, so a short-term
extension will be necessary if a final bill is
not enacted before the deadline.

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egislation to reauthorize
Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA)
funding and programs
was approved by key
House and Senate
committees. Both
versions include funding
increases for the Airport Improvement
Program (AIP), a top Council priority.
The House Transportation and
Infrastructure Committee adopted
an amendment to its bill-the 21st
Century Aviation Innovation, Reform
& Reauthorization Act-to increase
AIP funding from the current level of
$3.35 billion to $3.6 billion in F.Y. 2018,
growing to $4 billion in F.Y. 2023. This
would be the first increase for the AIP
program in more than a decade. The
Senate version of the bill passed by the
Senate Commerce Committee would
increase AIP by $400 million to $3.75
billion in Fiscal Years 2019-2021.
Although neither reauthorization bill
would raise the current cap on Passenger
Facility Charges collected by airports for

At the request of ACEC, Reps. Charlie
Dent, R-Pa., Dutch Ruppersberger,
D-Md., and Tom Rooney, R-Fla., inserted
language into the 2018 State and
Foreign Operations Appropriations bill
urging U.S. Agency for International
Development (USAID) to do more to
engage U.S. engineering firms in development projects
abroad.
This language
is the latest
step in a longrunning effort
to promote
reforms with
the agency.
ACEC is lobbying the Senate
Rep. Charlie Dent,
for language in
R-Pa.
its companion
bill, which is
expected to go
to the Senate
floor in the fall.
The need for
more engagement by the
nation's engineering industry
was underscored Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger,
D-Md.
in USAID's 2014
"Construction
Assessment."
The report
documented
USAID's investments of $5.6
billion in roads,
bridges, water,
power, health
care and other
Rep. Tom Rooney,
R-Fla.
projects in a

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ACEC Secures
Airport Funding
Increases in House
and Senate FAA Bills

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House Committee
Calls for USAID
to Increase
Use of American
Engineering Firms

two-year period,
and noted problems. These problems
include a lack of data on construction
projects, lack of design-oversight on
projects and the need for more engineering expertise within the agency.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Engineering Inc - September/October 2017

Engineering Inc - September/october 2017
Contents
From Acec to You
Market Watch
Legislative Action
Eye on The Storm
Boost Profits, Reduce Loss
Innovations in Airport Design
Future Looks Bright for Vr
The Legend of Gridlock Sam
Focus on Philanthropy
Guest Column
Mergers and Acquisitions
Members in the News
Business Insights
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Intro
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Engineering Inc - September/october 2017
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Cover2
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Contents
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 2
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 3
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - From Acec to You
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 5
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Market Watch
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 7
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Legislative Action
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 9
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Eye on The Storm
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 11
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 12
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 13
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 14
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Boost Profits, Reduce Loss
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Innovations in Airport Design
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Future Looks Bright for Vr
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - The Legend of Gridlock Sam
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Focus on Philanthropy
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Guest Column
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Mergers and Acquisitions
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 52
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Members in the News
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - 55
Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Business Insights
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