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Judge Asked to Block Obama Center Construction

Several months after a lawsuit was filed to prevent city officials from authorizing construction of the $500 million, Chicago-based Obama Presidential Center, a federal judge is being asked ...


Activists Trying to Stop $500M Obama Center

A federal lawsuit to prevent city officials from authorizing construction of the $500 million Obama Presidential Center, to be located in Chicago, was filed May 14, stemming from concerns ov...


Firms Hired for Obama Center, Renderings Released

An updated design for the Obama Presidential Center was released late last week, arriving on the heels of the announcement that a collective of diverse construction firms had been hired to t...


EPA Rolls Back Toxic Substance Review

The Environmental Protection Agency is now saying that it is tightening the parameters of a congressionally mandated review of chemicals in public use, effectively leaving out millions of to...


Obama Complex Boasts Library, Other Amenities

Saying he wants his presidential library to be part of a “living thing,” former President Barack Obama unveiled plans for a three-building complex in Chicago, Illinois.


Trump Floats Idea of Raising Federal Gas Tax

President Donald J. Trump said othat he was considering raising the federal tax on gasoline, and using the new revenue for his infrastructure package.


OSHA: New Silica Rule Pushed Back to September

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday (April 6) that it would push back enforcement of the construction industry's new respirable cr...


OSHA Announces Silica Rule Delay

The U.S. Department of Labor is delaying its enforcement of a new rule on respirable crystalline silica in the construction industry, originally set to be enforced in June.


Federal Contractor Rules Set to Change

An new order designed to ensure that contractors who disobey rules aren't rewarded with federal work are set to take effect next month, authorities have announced.


Feds Order Stricter Contractor Reporting

Starting in October, contractors hoping to land jobs with the U.S. federal government will have additional hurdles to jump, as the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order goes into effe...


Trump's Huge Plan for Infrastructure Spending

Almost nine months after Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton revealed her proposed $275 billion infrastructure spending plan, Republican nominee Donald Trump announced he would...


TransCanada Serves U.S. a $15B Bill

After having filed suit against the U.S. government in January, the company behind the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline is now formally seeking $15 billion in damages in response to th...


President Signs Off on Pipeline Safety

Bipartisan legislation intended to reform the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) was signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday (June 22).


Public, Private Groups Focus on Resilience

The White House this week announced new public and private measures to boost community resilience at its Conference on Resilient Building Codes.


Keystone XL Owners Sue US Government

The Canadian company that expected the U.S. to approve a portion of the Keystone XL oil pipeline has filed one of the largest trade appeals ever brought against the federal government, accor...


Senate Approves Roth to Lead GSA

The U.S. Senate has named Denise Turner Roth as the administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).


Highway Trust Fund Set to Go Broke

WASHINGTON--The American public once again has a ringside seat as the federal Highway Trust Fund bleeds out, and state transportation officials have been put on notice that that day is near.


Quick Fix, and New Warning, on Roads

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congress has slapped another short-term patch on U.S. transportation funding, continuing a pattern that has repeatedly brought road and bridge spending to the brink of deple...


Contractor 'Blacklist' Opposition Grows

A looming Executive Order that would require contractors on federally funded projects to disclose their labor-law violations is drawing increasing concern as its publication draws near.


Foes Fight U.S. Contractor 'Blacklist'

An executive order requiring contractors to disclose their labor-law violations will be burdensome and expensive, say numerous opponents calling on President Obama to withdraw the plan.


Keystone XL in Limbo after Veto

TransCanada's proposed 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf Coast is back on indefinite hold in the wake of a rare presidential veto on Tuesday (Feb. 24).


U.S. Firms Eyeing Middle East Boom

Aiming to tap a trillion-dollar pipeline of megaprojects, the American Institute of Architects is developing its first trade mission to the Middle East.


AIA Plans First Middle Eastern Mission

Shopping U.S. architectural, construction and engineering talent to one of the world's wealthiest regions, the American Institute of Architects is planning its first trade mission to the Mid...


Contractors Told to Report Violations

Builders and other major suppliers will have to begin self-reporting federal wage, safety and other labor violations when seeking large federal contracts, under a new order issued by the Whi...


U.S. to Order Contractor Disclosures

Federal contractors will have to own up to a wide range of labor law violations before receiving future work with the government, under a new order issued by the White House.


DOT Cuts Set as Highway Fund Fades

The U.S. transportation chickens are coming home to roost, carrying a plan to start cutting federal aid to every state—and soon.


U.S. Disaster-Proofing Gets $1B Boost

Reeling from a deadly series of natural disasters, devastated communities across the U.S. now have an additional billion-dollar incentive to rebuild more resiliently. But the incentive has s...


Disaster-Hit States to Compete for $1B

The federal government is committing nearly $1 billion to help communities stricken by natural disasters develop ways to rebuild more resiliently.


Maintenance, Highways Top DOT Bill

President Obama wants to put a $302 billion tourniquet on a federal transportation budget that is quickly bleeding itself dry and infuse new maintenance funds into aging infrastructure, the ...


Obama Orders Contractors to Hike Wages

President Obama has launched his promised “year of action” with an Executive Order requiring new federal construction and service contracts to pay workers at least $10.10 per hour.


Wage Hike Ordered for U.S. Contractors

Employees of federal contractors will see an increase in their minimum hourly pay to $10.10, under a new Executive Order signed by President Obama.


Senate Prioritizes Crumbling Bridges

Bridges that need some urgent TLC could see an extra boost in funding after the Senate passed an amendment to its proposed transportation and housing bill prioritizing bridges in critical co...


Obama Urges Faster Track for Projects

Calling for more green lights and less red tape, President Obama has announced an initiative to halve the time needed to launch infrastructure construction projects.


Subs Get Rx for New Health-Care Law

Obamacare “is here to stay—and for government contractors, the time to act is now,” the nation's leading subcontractor group is alerting its members in a new overview of the federal health-c...


ASA Advises Contractors on ‘Obamacare’

Subcontractors who must soon navigate the complex dictates of the new federal health-care law have a new guide from the American Subcontractors Association.


EPA Rips State Dept.’s Pipeline Review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is again lambasting the State Department’s review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, calling the assessment inadequate and insufficiently attentiv...


U.S. Green-Lights International Bridge

To cheers from both sides of the border, President Obama has signed a Presidential Permit that clears the way for construction of a new $1 billion bridge linking Canada and the United States...


Shipyard Workers Get Layoff Reprieve

Cost-cutting “furloughs” for shipyard painters, maintenance crews and other civilian defense workers have been put on hold as the Department of Defense weighs a stop-gap budget bill newly pa...


Shipyards Warned of Mass Layoffs

Threatened cutbacks by the U.S. Navy could soon cost thousands of American shipyard workers their jobs, BAE Systems is warning its employees.


Obama Details ‘Fix it First’ Plan

Cutting red tape, increasing private investment, and designating $40 billion for urgent repairs are the three cornerstones of President Obama's new plan for U.S. infrastructure.


Obama on Infrastructure: ‘Fix it First’

Urgent infrastructure repairs commanded top-level attention Tuesday, as President Obama called in his State of the Union address for a "Fix it First" approach to save the nation’s deteriorat...


New Law Targets Chinese Drywall

Federal lawmakers say a new bill will help relieve some of the nightmares associated with tainted drywall and keep the product from reentering the U.S. market.


 
 
   

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