April 7, 2011
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden participated in a Council on the Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services meeting. 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.
April 6, 2011
NSPE President-Elect Christopher M. Stone, P.E., F.NSPE, LEED AP, was the keynote speaker at the Department of Transportation's "Engineers Move America," an event directed toward high-school students that recognizes the role of engineering in the nation's transportation program. In his address, Stone encouraged students to pursue careers in engineering to solve the challenges the world is facing.
April 4, 2011
NSPE Executive Director Larry Jacobson and Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden met with senior counsel from the majority side of the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss the Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Reform Act (S. 132).
April 1, 2011
NSPE has completed its member survey regarding Department of Transportation regulations that impede the engineering profession.
March 30, 2011
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden attended The Atlantic Technologies in Education Forum. The forum focused on the role of video games in K–12 education. Panelists discussed how games in classrooms could help students synthesize abstract concepts such as math and science, better preparing students to study technological subjects like engineering in college.
March 28, 2011
The Small Business Administration has proposed increasing the size standard for engineering firms from $4.5 million to $19 million in average revenues over three years. The current size standard has been in place since 2005. Firms that fall below the standard may compete for federal contracts as a small business.
March 21, 2011
Congressmen Dave Reichert (R-WA-8) and Jim Matheson (D-UT-2) introduced the Good Samaritan Protection for Construction, Architectural, and Engineering Volunteers Act (H.R. 1145), which would provide qualified immunity to engineering, architectural, and construction entities volunteering in a declared emergency.
March 14, 2011
NSPE member L. Daniel Tanksley, P.E., F.NSPE, presented remarks on behalf of NSPE at a Department of Transportation regulatory review meeting. NSPE President-Elect Christopher M. Stone, P.E., F.NSPE, LEED AP, Executive Director Larry Jacobson, and Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden also attended the meeting.
March 11, 2011
NSPE sends its profound sympathies to those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. NSPE has offered its services to the Center for International Disaster Information and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the wake of the disaster. NSPE would like to remind engineers not to self-deploy to the region.
NSPE sent a letter to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) expressing concern about his introduction of the Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Reform Act (S. 132). The intent of the bill is to strengthen and reform forensic science in the criminal justice system and ensure that forensic evidence and testimony is accurate, credible, and scientifically grounded.