October 13, 2011
The House Ways and Means Committee approved H.R. 674, which would repeal a requirement set forth in the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 (PL 109-222) that federal, state, and local governments must withhold 3% of all payments to engineering firms and other vendors as tax. If the requirement is not repealed, the tax will take effect on January 1, 2013. The bill next will move to the House floor for consideration. NSPE joined members of the Government Withholding Relief Coalition in sending letters to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI-4) supporting H.R. 674. Read NSPE's letter here.
October 6, 2011
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden participated in a Brookings Institution webcast on "Education Technology: Revolutionizing Personalized Learning and Student Assessment," where a panel of government, academic, and private-sector representatives discussed how education technology can enhance K–12 student performance and engagement. Speakers included Secretary of Education Chief of Staff Joanne Weiss, University of Washington professor and Director of the Center for Game Science Zoran Popovic, ePals.com cofounder and Chief Learning Officer Nina Zolt, and K12 Executive Vice President of School Services Chip Hughes.
October 5, 2011
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden participated in a "Building Safety in the Face of Natural Disasters" congressional briefing, sponsored by the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition and the Congressional Hazards Caucus Alliance. The briefing focused on the critical role of building codes in community resilience following disasters. Speakers included HPBCCC Cochair Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO-3), Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety President and CEO Julie Rochman, National Institute of Building Sciences President Henry Green, and Fairfax County building official and International Code Council Board member Guy Tomberlin.
October 4, 2011
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden attended the Alliance to Save Energy's annual Summit on Capitol Hill, "Driving Energy Efficiency as the 'Next Big Thing.'" Panels of government and private-sector representatives from across the globe discussed issues including how governments are investing in energy efficiency, implementation and finance of energy efficiency technologies, and the connection between water conservation and energy efficiency. Among the speakers were General Services Administrator Martha Johnson, Department of the Navy Assistant Secretary for Energy, Installation and Environment Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), Rep.
September 21, 2011
The Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services hosted a Federal Markets Conference, where federal agency representatives discussed their programs, the outlook for FY12, and their anticipated needs for private-sector A/E services in the coming years. Speakers included:
September 19, 2011
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden attended an Afterschool Alliance congressional briefing on "21st Century Community Learning Centers: Improving STEM Education during Out-of-School Time." Speakers included Time Warner Cable Vice President of External Affairs and Policy Counselor Fernando Laguarda, who discussed Time Warner's Connect a Million Minds initiative; Science Club for Girls Executive Director Connie Chow; and Exploratorium Center for Informal Learning and Schools Director Bronwyn Bevan. The Afterschool Alliance recently released a report on STEM learning in informal education.
September 8, 2011
August 19, 2011
The Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services is hosting a Federal Markets Conference on Thursday, September 22, in Washington, D.C. NSPE members are encouraged to attend this one-day event, where key federal agencies from the water and transportation infrastructure, defense and security, natural resources, buildings, and international markets will present information on their current programs, anticipated FY12 budget, and requirements for private-sector services on the horizon.The registration fee is $195.
August 12, 2011
The National Institute of Standards and Technology named Steven L. McCabe, P.E., Deputy Director of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. McCabe holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.S. in mechanical engineering and engineering mechanics from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Prior to joining NIST, McCabe served as Chief Executive Officer of NEES Consortium, Inc., where he was responsible for managing and operating the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation.
August 9, 2011
Shortly before the House adjourned for August recess, Reps. Judy Biggert (R-IL-13) and Rush Holt (D-NJ-12) introduced a resolution (H.R. 378) advocating the inclusion of science education in the accountability system set forth in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Congress has yet to reauthorize the law despite President Obama's call for the bill to be finished before the beginning of the school year. The STEM Education Coalition, of which NSPE is a member, was instrumental in crafting the resolution. The STEM Education Coalition supports STEM programs for teachers and students at the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, and other agencies that offer STEM-related programs.