Who loves the sun? More Americans than ever, according to U-Haul. In its latest moving survey, the moving giant said Florida had beaten out Texas as the No. 1 moving destination in America.
On Dec. 20, President Trump signed two spending packages totaling $1.4 trillion, preventing another year-end government shutdown and providing annual funding to all agencies of the federal government through September 30, 2020.
With a massive appropriations package now in place for the rest of fiscal year 2020, engineering firms and contractors can breathe easier as the construction season approaches, knowing how much funding is available through Sept. 30 for important federal infrastructure programs. Now they wait for the dollars to be released.
On Jan. 9, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) proposed important steps to streamline the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, which can be a circuitous, time-intensive, and costly environmental review step for many infrastructure projects.
The last time the Florida building code changed, it required any new construction along the coast to elevate buildings a whole foot. Just three years later, that doesn’t look like enough. There’s a call to go up yet another foot. The rising base elevations of homes are a clear sign that — despite waffling political rhetoric from the federal and state level — the people who plan and build in coastal Florida consider the threat of sea rise very real.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the leading cause of private sector worker fatalities in the construction industry. Everyone who works at heights, whether it’s on a roof, scaffolding, or the edge of a tall building, should have properly fitting safety harnesses, yet not all contractors have the supply they need to better protect women in construction.
On Nov. 7, the General Services Administration announced that Beta.SAM.gov is now the official source for federal contracting opportunities. The URL FBO.gov will be retired and transitioned into beta.SAM.gov under “contract opportunities.” GSA expects transition will be completed the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 12
On Nov. 4, the Federal Highway Administration released a table showing the cut, known as a rescission, to each state’s federal highway funding as required by the FAST Act. Specifically, the FAST Act requires an approximately $7.6 billion cut in federal highway funding on July 1, 2020.