January 11, 2018
NSPE is pushing back against the Department of the Interior’s proposed rollback of essential regulations implemented in response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. The department finalized rules after a comprehensive multiphase rulemaking process in 2016. NSPE actively advocated for an enhanced role for professional engineers to protect the public health, safety, and welfare, and these provisions were included in the final 2016 rule.
January 8, 2018
As a result of extensive advocacy by NSPE and the engineering and architecture community, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, now signed into law, allows for a 20% deduction for businesses organized as “pass-through” entities, like S-corporations, sole proprietorships, and limited liability partnerships, subject to income limitations. The Senate bill would have greatly restricted this deduction for “service” businesses, including engineers, architects, doctors, lawyers, and financial services firms.
December 19, 2017
As a result of extensive advocacy by NSPE and the engineering and architecture community, the House and Senate tax reform conference report allows for a 20% deduction for businesses organized as “pass-through” entities like S-corporations, sole proprietorships, and limited liability partnerships, subject to income limitations. The Senate bill would have greatly restricted this deduction for “service” businesses including engineers, architects, doctors, lawyers, and financial services firms.
December 13, 2017
Every year, we administer the QBS Awards, recognizing public and private entities that make exemplary use of the qualifications-based selection process at the federal, state and local levels. QBS Award winners serve as examples of how well the QBS process works, and they help us promote the practice of QBS in jurisdictions that do not use, or underutilize, QBS to procure engineering services. We are now seeking nominations for the 2018 QBS Awards.
December 7, 2017
NSPE joined with the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects in sending a letter to legislators on worrisome provisions in tax legislation currently being considered by Congress. Both the House and Senate versions of the legislation would exclude engineering firms organized as pass-through businesses—including S corporations, partnerships, and LLCs—from tax breaks. The House and Senate have passed their own versions of the legislation.
November 17, 2017
NSPE continues to fight efforts to stop an important final rule addressing oil and natural gas emissions; the rule requires a professional engineer to perform key functions to meet performance standards. On November 17, NSPE President Tom Roberts, P.E., F.NSPE, submitted a public comment to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding its reconsideration of the requirements for a professional engineer to certify the closed vent system design and capacity assessment.
November 6, 2017
NSPE is calling for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to revise its autonomous vehicles guidance to ensure an impartial third-party places the public health, safety, and welfare above all other considerations. On November 6, NSPE President Tom Roberts, P.E., F.NSPE, submitted a formal comment to NHTSA in response to the release of the new voluntary guidance on automated driving systems, Automated Driving Systems: A Vision for Safety.
November 1, 2017
NSPE extends its sincerest congratulations to longtime NSPE member J. Steven Gardner, P.E., on his nomination as director, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. NSPE President Tom Roberts, P.E., F.NSPE stated in a letter of congratulations that, “The important role and responsibilities of the director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement clearly call for a leader who has proven qualifications attained only through a PE license.
October 26, 2017
NSPE is calling for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to conduct a thorough and complete investigation into the events leading to the shutdown of construction of two nuclear reactors in South Carolina.
October 16, 2017
NSPE secured a major provision in a mine reclamation bill (H.R. 2937) that requires the seal of a PE on engineering plans. The Community Reclamation Partnerships Act, passed by the House of Representatives in October, eases state and community efforts to clean up areas affected by abandoned mines. The bill requires all project submissions to the Secretary of the Interior to include a description of the proposed project and also would set up a process for nongovernmental organizations to help restore abandoned mine sites and surrounding areas.