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November 21, 2011

The president signed H.R. 674 into law, finalizing the repeal of a requirement that federal, state, and certain local governments withhold as tax 3% of all payments made to government contractors. Since the withholding requirement's passage in 2006, NSPE has been working with the Government Withholding Relief Coalition and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to repeal the mandate. NSPE also sent a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI-4) in support of the repeal. In addition to NSPE's advocacy of H.R.

November 16, 2011

After a five-year battle, NSPE helped overturn an onerous tax-withholding mandate that would have placed significant financial and administrative burdens on engineering firms and other businesses that contract with the government. H.R. 674, which passed Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support, repeals a requirement that federal, state, and certain local governments withhold as tax 3% of all payments made to government contractors. The tax would have taken effect on January 1, 2013. The tax would have been an interest-free loan to the government while causing cash flow problems for engineering firms and other businesses, costing them the vital funds they needed to conduct day-to-day business (including paying subcontractors).

November 15, 2011

Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden represented NSPE at a Coalition for National Science Funding meeting, where NSF Assistant Director for the Engineering Directorate Thomas Peterson discussed NSF programs that focus on innovation in engineering. NSPE is a member of CNSF, an alliance of more than 125 organizations united by a concern for the future of the national science, mathematics, and engineering professions. CNSF supports increasing national investment in the National Science Foundation's research and education programs.

November 10, 2011

The Senate passed H.R. 674 by a vote of 95 to 0. H.R. 674 would repeal a requirement set forth in the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 (PL 109-222) that federal, state, and certain local governments 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 If the requirement is not repealed, the tax will take effect on January 1, 2013.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 House passed H.R. 674 on October 27; but because the Senate-passed bill includes amendments to the original bill, H.R. 674 now must return to the House for final approval before it can be sent to the President for signature. The House is scheduled to vote on the measure next week. NSPE continues to work with the Government Withholding Relief Coalition to pass H.R. 674.

November 7, 2011

NSPE sent a letter with members of the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition to targeted Senate appropriations leaders urging them to support FY12 funding for the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the U.S. Energy Information Administration in the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2354). Both EERE and EIA support and promote high-performance building. NSPE is a member of the HPBCCC, a coalition of more than 100 associations and corporations that seeks to heighten awareness and inform policymakers about high-performance building issues, including new building technologies, enhanced U.S. economic competitiveness, and increased energy efficiency.

November 4, 2011

Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden represented NSPE at a Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services meeting with General Services Administration Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Steve Kempf. NSPE is a founding member of COFPAES, an organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the Brooks Act (PL 92-582) and the use of qualifications-based selection.

November 3, 2011

Despite the strong bipartisan support H.R. 674 earned in the House, Senate passage of the bill remains uncertain. H.R. 674 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 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. Please contact your senators today using the NSPE Legislative Action Center and ask them to pass H.R. 674 without amendment or modification.

October 27, 2011

The House passed H.R. 674 by a vote of 405 to 16. The measure 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 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. Earlier this week, NSPE signed on to a Government Withholding Relief Coalition letter to the House of Representatives in support of H.R. 674. NSPE is a member of the Government Withholding Relief Coalition, a group of more than 140 organizations that share the goal of repealing the 3% withholding law.

The American Association of Engineering Societies sent a letter to White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren requesting support for an Organization of American States funding proposal that would sustain and expand Engineering for the Americas' university-government-private industry partnerships. Engineering for the Americas is an international grassroots and governmental coalition that seeks to promote economic and social development in the Western Hemisphere by increasing the number of qualified engineers. NSPE is a member of the AAES International Activities Committee.

October 20, 2011

NSPE signed on to a Government Withholding Relief Coalition letter to the Senate supporting the Withholding Tax Relief Act of 2011 (S. 1726), which would repeal the 3% withholding tax enacted in Section 511 of the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 (PL 109-222). The Senate may vote on the bill at the end of October. The House is expected to vote on its bill repealing the 3% withholding mandate (H.R. 674) next week.

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