ASA’s AGC Podcast on Legislative and Regulatory Procurement Issues
On Thursday, May 20, 2021, ASA’s Government Relations Director, Mike Oscar, interviewed Jordan Howard, Director of Federal & Heavy Construction Division at the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). The podcast highlighted the collaborative working relationship AGC and ASA enjoy on a host of legislative and regulatory issues rooted in federal government procurement. The AGC represents more than 27,000 firms, including over 6,500 of America’s general contractors, and over 9,000 specialty-contracting firms. More than 10,500 service providers and suppliers are also associated with AGC, all through a nationwide network of chapters. ASA and AGC are members of the Construction Industry Procurement Coalition (CIPC), a broad based coalition of more than 15 industry and professional organizations engaged in nearly all facets of the built environment, who advocate for common sense changes to federal procurement statutes and regulations to benefit businesses of all sizes, the federal government, and U.S. taxpayers. With this background, Mike Oscar posed the following questions to Jordan during the podcast:
- Could you tell the audience a little bit about the working relationship between ASA and AGC? What common ground does ASA and AGC have that we can grow together to benefit both associations and our members?
- Is the CIPC effective on Capitol Hill and please suggest a legislative example?
- How is your legislative, regulatory, and procurement working relationship with ASA producing results for your membership?
- In 2021, new construction projects are expected to stabilize and return to low growth. New construction industry jobs are expected to grow by almost 2 million in 2022. How can we legislatively prepare for that growth?
- What do you see impact federal contracting opportunities for prime and subcontractors in the near future?
- We hear a lot of talk about infrastructure. However, not every member of Congress or congressional staff have an extensive understanding of the construction industry. How will the recently announced Congressional Construction Procurement Caucus impact their understanding?