The current partial government shutdown is now the longest in modern history, and as it enters its 28th day, its impacts are increasing. This is a brief update on the situation, what lawmakers have done, and how this all might be resolved.

The shutdown has already affected infrastructure projects. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) delayed releasing funding for the Federal-Aid Highway Program, and as a result, Oklahoma delayed bids for some new projects. While FHWA released additional funding shortly after these reports surfaced, there is still a good deal of uncertainty for state transportation agencies that are trying to plan out their projects.

In addition to the consequences the shutdown is having on construction and infrastructure, there are also concerns about the effect it may have on the economy more broadly. The White House’s Council of Economic Advisers has revised their estimates and found that the shutdown is having a larger impact on the economy than they initially anticipated. Other economists have expressed concerns that a prolonged shutdown could push the economy toward a recession. This is not to say that the shutdown as it stands now will cause a recession, but that when combined with other factors, a protracted shutdown could certainly have a negative impact.

The shutdown is also taking Congress’ time and attention away from other priorities, including infrastructure. The longer the shutdown remains unresolved, the longer it will take for Congress to move on to other issues.

Our elected political representatives – both congressional and executive – remain dug in to their positions. Trump has insisted that $5.7 billion for border wall funding be included in any spending legislation and many Congressional Republicans have stood with him on this request. Congressional Democrats have remained united against Trump’s demand.

It’s not clear how the impasse will end. Negotiations between Congressional leadership and the President are essentially non-existent. There was a bipartisan group of Senators that was trying to find an agreement to temporarily reopen the government so that border security could be considered in Congress, but these efforts failed. This week, the House again passed legislation to temporarily fund and reopen the government, but the Senate refuses to take up this legislation.

It seems likely that the shutdown will only end when it has a significant impact on Americans, with the most likely candidate being related to something like air travel delays or cancellations. TSA agents continue to be responsible for conducting airport security, even though they had their first missed paycheck last Friday the 11th. Some agents have begun to call out because they are unable to afford transportation or childcare while they are required to work without pay. The more disruptions the shutdown causes, the more Americans will feel its effects, and Congress and the White House could really feel pressure to make a deal.

We will continue to keep you updated on the shutdown and any effects we are seeing on our industry.

DC Water is embracing a new set of six core values and will immediately move towards reshaping itself to operate more streamlined and businesslike under a strategic plan and realignment announced by Chief Executive Officer David L. Gadis.
 
Under the new plan, called The Blueprint, DC Water will better meet future challenges, improve service to customers and support One DC Water – known as Team Blue, said Mr. Gadis.
 
“This new blueprint is straightforward and sensible and it will get our organization to a better place to serve our customers,” said Mr. Gadis. “We’re going to do more to help customers and improve their experience interacting with the water authority.”
 
Under The Blueprint released by Mr. Gadis, DC Water will drill down on six strategic program areas as part of its service delivery. They are: Driving Performance, the Employee Experience, Leveraging Technology, Operational Safety, Customer Affordability and Resilience & Readiness. At the heart of delivering on those broad services will be six distinct values that DC Water is embracing authority-wide: Accountability, Trust, Teamwork, Customer Focus, Safety and Well-being. DC Water employees also helped craft a new vision statement for the organization: We will be known for superior service, ingenuity and stewardship to advance the health and well-being of our diverse workforce and communities.
 
Today’s announcement was preceded by a top-level meeting of DC Water executives to review and discuss the new plan, as well as to lay out a plan for implementing it. Also, Mr. Gadis announced that he’s refined the leadership structure at DC Water to generate more focus on the customer experience from start to finish, and to reduce the number of departments to eliminate the silo effect.
 
Under the new organizational structure, DC Water will be streamlined into seven separate departments; Administrative Services, Finance & Procurement, People & Talent, Performance, Customer Experience, Legal Affairs, and Operations and Engineering. Most of that staff will work out of the consolidated new DC Water administrative building, which sits next to the historic main District pumping station on O Street, SE near the Nationals ballpark. More news on that structure is coming this winter.
 
“Make no mistake, DC Water will continue to be the best utility in the world. But by realigning ourselves we will be more unified, deliver a better customer experience and provide the best environment for our employees,” added Mr. Gadis before concluding: “This new organizational structure will foster a collaborative environment – One DC Water! – for driving performance and improving employee engagement.”

The dates for the 2018 Damage Prevention & Properties of Natural Gas Training are below.  Formal training sessions include the review of natural gas properties, the 811 laws in each of our jurisdictions, safe excavation techniques, escalation protocols, and a demonstration of a natural gas fire in our Pipetown training facility.  In addition, we train the excavator on the benefit and use of WG’s Enhanced Positive Response information provided on every locate ticket where gas facilities are marked.

 

Please note that Classes will be held indoors and outdoors, please dress accordingly.

 

Location:

6801 Industrial Rd

Springfield, VA  22151

 

Presentations are from 8:00 am to approximately 10:00 am

 

If attending-please RSVP to Jack Ellison @ (703)750-5128 or jellison@washgas.com

 

            1/25/19

            2/22/19

3/22/19

            4/26/19

            5/24/19

            6/28/19

            7/26/19

            8/23/19

            9/27/19

           10/18/19

           11/15/19

           12/13/19

 

Additional training is available upon request

 

ACV Enviro Corporation, a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, LLC
announced today the acquisition of CTR Industries, Inc. (CTR) formerly known as
Connecticut Tank Removal, Inc. CTR represents the second add-on acquisition for ACV
and Kinderhook’s 37th acquisition in the environmental services sector.

CTR, with locations in Connecticut and New York, provides hazardous and nonhazardous
waste management services specializing in industrial maintenance,
emergency response, tank removal, remediation, demolition, transportation and
disposal. (CLICK TO READ PRESS RELEASE)

NUCA OF DC Annual Partner JESCO will introduce it’s new Waldorf, Maryland location with an Open House on Friday, October 12 – 8 am to 5 pm.

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MEMORANDUM
TO: DC Vendors
FROM: District of Columbia Government
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Purpose
The purpose of this memorandum is to announce that Government of the District of Columbia is launching a new vendor portal for electronic invoicing. This project will be implemented in phased manner across all District agencies.
Project Overview
The objective of the e-Invoicing module is to standardize invoice processing throughout the District and improve the payment process for vendors and contractors doing business with the District Government.
Benefits
The e-Invoicing system will allow vendors to:
• View Purchase Orders online
• Eliminate requirement of sending invoices by mail
• Submit invoices online
• Standardized invoice format
• Receive real-time notifications
• Track status of invoices & payments
Please click on the link to view DC vendor portal implementation timeline for agencies.
Vendors receiving new purchase orders from agencies that implemented e-invoicing (refer the timeline above) must submit invoices electronically through the vendor portal https://vendorportal.dc.gov). Vendors are required to register on the vendor portal prior to submitting an invoice.
The Classroom and WebEx training schedule can be viewed by clicking the training session link below. Training materials, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Videos are available online. An administrative modification for existing and future contracts will be prepared and put in place
as this system is expanded. If you have any questions, please contact the E-Invoicing Support Desk at (202) 741-5200 or
dcvendorportal@dc.gov.
Register for training session
Click here to register for e-Invoicing Training
or
Copy and Paste
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vendor-portal-training-session-phase-7-tickets-47112448602
Please click on the link to view DC vendor portal implementation timeline for agencies.
For Webex , click and join the session https://dcnet.webex.com/join/pass.support

Media and the public are invited to an important public meeting and open house as DC Water discusses the District’s aging water and sewer infrastructure with the community. 

The meeting consists of a formal presentation to discuss the types of projects that DC Water undertakes, our criteria for project selection, our construction processes, and other related topics. Staff will be on hand to answer questions on infrastructure and a wide range of other topics.
 
Who:               DC Water
When:             Saturday, September 8, 2018; 2-4 p.m.
Where:            DC Housing Finance Agency, Auditorium
                        815 Florida Avenue, NW
Parking:         Parking lot located behind the facility.  Push the button by the gate and announce that you are there for the DC Water Infrastructure Forum.
Nearest Metro Station: Shaw or U Street Metro Stations

OSHA is preparing to release a FAQ regarding their Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction. In advance of that, we have prepared a 3 page document for your company.

OSHA Silica Construction FAQs Three-Pager

On Tuesday, July 31st, H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act was signed into law. This legislation reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins Act), and it was one of our priorities during the Washington Summit. As was reported last month in NUCA’s Political Insiders report, the Senate finally came to an agreement on this legislation, which allowed the bill to move forward.

Here is brief recap of the final version of this legislation and specifically highlight provisions that will benefit NUCA.

The Perkins Act is the main federal support for state and local CTE programs. These programs help prepare high school and community college students with the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary for jobs in a broad range of industries.

H.R. 2353 had enormous bipartisan support when it finally moved through Congress, with both the House and Senate passing the legislation by voice vote without any objection.

This legislation increases funding for CTE programs and makes numerous reforms to ensure that programs better serve the needs of students, employers, and local economies.  The changes in H.R. 2353 will place more responsibility on states to align their programs with local needs. The bill also encourages stronger engagement with employers by involving local business leaders in the development of CTE programs and goals. The legislation also reduces regulatory and paperwork burdens on states, while  proving a framework to guide states to set and meet strong performance standards.

Additionally, the final version of the bill changes current law to allow CTE funding to be used for programs as early as 5th grade. More specifically, H.R. 2353 actually requires funding recipients to include how they will provide career exploration for middle school students in their implementation plans. These provisions accomplish the same goals as the Middle STEP Act (addressed in a previous Political Insiders), which was ultimately not included in the final version of the bill. These are welcome changes that can help students gain exposure to our industry and work at an earlier age. During the Washington Summit and other conversations, NUCA members have consistently expressed their interest in reaching out to students and letting them know about the career-path opportunities that are available in our industry.

As the implementation of this law moves forward, please reach out to your local school districts if you are interested in getting involved with these programs. Also, please continue to keep our team at NUCA informed of your work with local educators and community colleges. This information is invaluable as we work with legislators and agencies to show the hard work that you are putting into these education efforts.

New Partnership with Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company

 EXPANDS RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO CLIENTS

 

Rockville, Maryland, June 29, 2018 – Insurance Associates, now a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company, is proud to announce that we joined Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh LLC. Marsh formed MMA in 2008 to primarily serve the property/casualty, surety, and employee benefit needs of clients throughout the country. Since that time, MMA has been building out its national platform by joining forces with entrepreneurial insurance brokers across the country. Insurance Associates is proud to announce that we will now be part of the Mid-Atlantic region for MMA. To learn more about our new organization, please visit www.mma-midatlantic.com.

 

Stephen Spencer, President of Insurance Associates, added: “Joining MMA is an excellent opportunity that allows us to keep and grow our local team while giving us the capabilities of a national platform to build upon our success.”

 

“Insurance Associates is an excellent addition to MMA as it expands our presence into the greater Washington DC region and further enhances our construction capabilities,” said John Stanchina, president and CEO of MMA’s Mid-Atlantic Region.

About Insurance Associates, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company

IA, a MMA LLC Company, is locally based with the resources and backing of a national agency. There are offices in Rockville, Fairfax, Laurel and Towson and the agency has been advising and protecting clients for over 60 Years! IA, a MMA LLC Company prides itself on having one of the most competent, experienced, and knowledgeable workforces of any agency in the area. The agency works with clients in all industries for their group benefit packages and personal insurance, but their expertise is in the construction industry for commercial insurance and surety bonding. For a little bit about what makes IA, a MMA LLC Company so different from the rest, click here for Employee Benefits, here for Commercial Insurance, and here for Surety Bonding and learn the IA, MMA difference!

 

For more information about our passion and the rest of our team at Insurance Associates, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company please visit us at www.insassoc.com, follow us on LinkedIn and like us on Facebook.

 

About Marsh & McLennan Agency

Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC is a subsidiary of Marsh established in 2008 to serve as a platform for the middle market. In 2015, it expanded its national footprint into Canada. MMA offers commercial property, casualty, personal lines, and employee benefits to midsize businesses and individuals across North America.