The Birmingham Section started 2015 with a political reception at the Murray Building Co. jobsite at the old Merita Bread Bakery. More than 150 members were in attendance with city and state officials. Everyone enjoyed a tour of the site as well as barbecue from Joe McNabb and Hendrix Chevrolet.

What Contractors Should Know in the Event the Government Shuts Down

As you know, the federal government is currently experiencing a partial shutdown because of a lapse of appropriations. I’d like to share some information and resources with you that you should feel free to share with your members. 


First, AGCA has assembled a two-page document detailing the types of contracts possibly impacted by a government shutdown and information contractors should consider regarding contracts involving federal funds. The document is entitled “What Contractors Should Know in the Event the Government Shuts Down.”


Second, there are some critical immigration-related tools impacted by the shutdown. Specifically, E-Verify and Form I-9 services are temporarily unavailable through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). For information concerning how USCIS handled these issues during the 2013 Shutdown (as the most recent guidance we have), click here.


Lastly, for more information concerning specific government agencies your members may have questions about, I have linked to some of the shutdown policies of agencies on which many AGC members rely below:


·         Environmental Protection Agency: The EPA has enough resources to continue to operate through this week, in the event the shutdown continues. For more information on the EPA’s contingency plans, click here.

·         U.S. Department of Defense

o   U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

·         U.S. Department of Labor

·         U.S. Department of Transportation


For other agencies, the Office of Management and Budget has compiled a list of the latest shutdown contingency plans, found here.

Tax Reform’s Impact on Your Construction Business & Market

Tax Reform’s Impact on Your Construction Business & Market

Complimentary AGC WebEd: January 30 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM ET

Register today for this complimentary AGC webinar. Congress recently passed the most far-reaching tax reform legislation since 1986. No matter what your construction market—public or private—or construction firm—C-corporation, S-corporation, LLC, LLP, or partnership—the new tax reform law will have an impact on you.

During this webinar, you will hear tax and accounting firm CBIZ’s Cord Armstrong—a CPA and leader in the firm’s National Construction Industry Practice Group—AGC’s lead infrastructure and tax lobbyists and policy experts on Capitol Hill and with the U.S. Department of the Treasury—Sean O’Neill and Matt Turkstra, respectively— and Chief Economist Ken Simonson discuss:

·         The impact of the new law on your construction business—no matter the type, C-corp, S-corp, LLC, partnership or so forth;

·         Things your business should consider before converting to a C-corp, such as the 20 percent pass-through deduction and how it works;

·         Changes to tax incentives for public and private construction, including but not limited to private activity bonds and the historic tax credit;

·         Ambiguities in the law to be aware of and the chances of this Congress enacting “technical corrections” to address them;

·         What’s next for the Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service when it comes to issuing guidance and regulations to help you understand how to comply; and

·         How AGC advocated for your construction business throughout this process and continues to do so. 

For more information, click here or contact Matt Turkstra at (202) 547-4733 or

OSHA’s Silica Rule Upheld by DC Circuit Court

AGC Compliance Resources Available to Members


On Dec. 22, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld OSHA’s controversial occupational exposure to crystalline silica rule, rejecting all industry challenges to the rule. Ultimately, the court’s decision means that the rule will remain in effect as written. That is why AGC has long cautioned our members to take the steps necessary to comply with the rule—utilizing AGC’s silica compliance educational resources—instead of anticipating a legal victory. 


The construction industry challenges to the rule primarily focused on whether it is technologically and economically feasible, while also raising concerns regarding certain aspects of the medical surveillance requirements and the prohibition of dry sweeping during cleanup operations.  The decision underscores just how difficult it is to overturn federal regulations, even one as deeply flawed as this.  AGC’s intention has always been to find a way to continue reducing exposure to, and illness from, silica. While we never disagreed with federal officials’ motives, we have long felt that this rule would do little to improve workplace health and safety and that better approaches exist.


Moving forward, AGC will continue to work closely with federal officials to both help ensure the undertaking of reasonable enforcement efforts and to help improve and expand upon Table 1, which lists “safe harbor” guidelines for compliance regarding 18 silica generating construction tasks.  We will also maintain efforts to provide AGC members with resources and support to comply. In particular, we will continue working to stimulate the development of new technology that will enable firms to comply with standards that exceed current technological capacity.


For more information, contact Kevin Cannon at (703) 837-5410 or

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