UPDATE: National Highway Bill
Monday, December 7, 2015
Passage of the new five-year transportation bill was a big victory and testament to the strength of ACEC engagement. The $305 billion "Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act," or FAST Act (HR 22), reauthorizes federal surface transportation policy and funding through 2020. The five-year funding act is the first long-term reauthorization in over a decade.
FAST Act provides stable funding with modest increases to states over the five year life of the bill. In the first year of the FAST Act, Oregon’s federal highway funding shared by ODOT and local governments will rise by five percent to $507 million from the current $482 million. Funding will then rise by about two percent per year until the bill’s final year.
The new bill is a huge victory for the public and engineering industry. While much of the Council's lobbying efforts were concentrated on winning increased, long-term funding, ACEC was also able to kill separate amendments that would have mandated government in-sourcing and repealed QBS.
Latest on the National Highway Bill
by David Raymond, President and CEO, ACEC National, Washington, DC
Friday, November 20, 2015
Today House-Senate negotiators are hammering out final dimensions of a long-term highway bill that has eluded us since 2009. ACEC is seeking at least a five-year reauthorization with funding increases in highway and transit programs well above the current baseline. Details are to be completed next week, with votes on final passage expected shortly after the Thanksgiving break. As part of ACEC’s continuing, aggressive campaign to get this bill over the finish line, we have engaged lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and mounted a full-court PR campaign that includes this full-page ad in Politico this week. --Dave
Just Released: Updated CASE Contracts
For the first time since 2009, CASE has done a complete overhaul with legal review of all 17 CASE Contracts. The CASE Contracts Committee has spent the last two years revising and updating each contract to reflect updated industry standards and practices.
Major changes include:
- Modified indemnification language
- Modified risk allocation language
- Additional commentary on AIA documents
- Expanded language regarding attorney and expert fee costs
Details regarding specific updates for each contract are listed in their online abstracts.
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