March 20, 2015
On March 19, NSPE participated in the 2015 Society of Women Engineers Capitol Hill Day to discuss issues of importance to professional engineers, such as the Educating Tomorrow’s Engineers Act (H.R. 823) and the looming deadline for federal infrastructure funding. NSPE Legislative and Government Affairs Vice Chair Karen Moran, P.E., F.NSPE, met with Senators and Representatives to express the importance of these issues and to convey NSPE’s strong commitment to promote the value of the professional engineer at all levels of government, including federal. In meetings with Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) offices, NSPE advocated for support of a Senate companion bill to H.R. 823, the Educating Tomorrow’s Engineers Act. Discussions were very productive and also delved into the variety and breadth of services PEs provide. Hill visits with three champions of engineering in the House of Representatives were similarly encouraging.
March 2, 2015
The National Society of Professional Engineers is disappointed by the US Supreme Court’s February 25, 2015, decision in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission and is committed to taking all actions necessary to guard the public from the chilling effect this ruling will have on the ability of state engineering licensure boards to effectively protect the public health, safety and welfare.
The vital public-interest role served by the professional licensure of engineers is clear. Licensure ensures that the people who build our roads, buildings, and bridges; who design our vehicles and machinery to operate safely; and who we rely upon for the secure and environmentally sound operations of our pipelines and other utilities, are not only competent to do so, but accountable to the public’s interest above all other considerations.
On February 27, NSPE President Harve Hnatiuk, P.E., F.NSPE sent a letter to the Maryland House and Senate formally endorsing House Bill No. 752 and Senate Bill No. 738, Professional Engineers-Responsible Charge-Review and Approval of Engineering Documents-Review and Approval of Engineering Documents. The House bill is set for a hearing on March 3 and the Senate bill will be the subject of a hearing on March 18. President Hnatiuk wrote: “These hearings present an opportunity to ensure that Maryland state law removes any implication that Maryland city or local government employees are exempt from the licensing requirement if they are practicing engineering.” It is NSPE’s longstanding policy that all engineers in responsible charge of the practice of engineering should be required by all state statutes to be licensed professional engineers. Read the complete letter (PDF).
February 24, 2015
On February 20, 2015, Representative Daniel Lipinski (IL-3) introduced the 2015 Engineers Week Resolution. The bipartisan resolution, H. Res. 119, supports the goals and ideals of Engineers Week, which is being celebrated February 22-28. NSPE worked closely with Representative Lipinski to introduce this important legislation. Please take action today and urge your Congressperson to cosponsor H. Res. 119 today at https://www.votervoice.net/NSPE/Campaigns .
February 18, 2015
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued proposed “Revised Guidelines for Implementing Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management.” Interested and potentially affected NSPE members who could be impacted by this guideline are encouraged to learn more about the proposal and provide comments here. Comments must be received by April 6, 2015.
February 10, 2015
NSPE-PAC officially began its fundraising cycle for the 2016 election this week. NSPE-PAC Chairman Jeff Elliott, P.E., F.NSPE sent an email to all NSPE members emphasizing the value and importance of NSPE-PAC, the ONLY PAC dedicated solely to promoting the professional engineer. Read Chairman Elliott’s letter (PDF)
February 9, 2015
On February 2, President Obama unveiled his annual budget request for Fiscal Year 2016, which will begin on October 1, 2015. The $4 trillion proposal represents the president’s vision and agenda for the next year. However, Congress is solely responsible for passing an annual budget and the president’s request, which was immediately panned by the Republican majority, is not in any way binding. The House and Senate Budget Committees will set forth their respective budget resolutions in April. NSPE will be actively tracking the appropriations process as it continues and monitor for funding issues that may impact professional engineers.
January 15, 2015
On January 15, NSPE submitted a public comment in conjunction with the West Virginia Society of Professional Engineers on proposed rules for aboveground storage tanks, stressing the importance of using qualified PEs for the required inspections (and reminding them that this is also precisely what state law requires). NSPE commends the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for its recognition of the important role PEs play in the inspection, certification, and maintenance of aboveground storage tanks. However, NSPE expressed serious concerns that the proposed rule also allowed certain non-engineers to perform these engineering services. NSPE urged the West Virginia DEP to amend the final rule to allow only PEs to perform the practice of engineering as defined under West Virginia Statute. Learn more (PDF)
November 5, 2014
The morning after the midterm election, one fact is certain: Republicans had a huge night. As some races have still not yet been called, we don't quite have the full picture. However, with the GOP reclaiming the Senate by a wider-than-expected margin, picking up over a dozen seats in the House and making sweeping gains in gubernatorial races and state legislatures, the political landscape is markedly different than it was yesterday. Simply put, this election ended up being a blowout at both the federal and state levels and there will be major repercussions.
October 1, 2014
With the 2014 midterm congressional elections only a month away, NSPE-PAC is diligently working to ensure that this election is a success for professional engineers. Recent recipients of NSPE-PAC contributions include Rep. Sam Graves, R-MO (leading figure on federal procurement policy and infrastructure), Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-MA (leading cosponsor of Educating Tomorrow’s Engineers Act), Rep. Bill Shuster, R-PA (Chairman of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee), Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-IL (primary sponsor of annual Engineers Week Resolution), and Pennsylvania state representative Brendan Boyle, D-PA (worked closely with Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers during his tenure).