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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 12, 2017
NSPE has played a critical role in the development of a recently introduced bill that would bolster early engineering education. The Developing Tomorrow’s Engineering and Technical Workforce Act was introduced on October 11, by Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) and cosponsors Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY). NSPE secured a bill provision explicitly emphasizing early engineering education as a vital component in attaining licensure as a professional engineer.
September 20, 2017
The second version of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s guidance on autonomous vehicles, A Vision for Safety, has reinforced the National Society of Professional Engineers’ disappointment and deepened its concern due to the guidance’s failure to adequately take into account NSPE’s expressed public safety concerns.
September 19, 2017
NSPE continues to lead on ensuring the protection and promotion of engineering licensure. NSPE has been a leading force against the growing anti-occupational licensure movement, educating policymakers and the public about the critical need for licensure for a learned profession that, above all else, must protect the public health, safety, and welfare.
September 8, 2017
Hurricane Harvey became the first major Atlantic hurricane of the season to make landfall in late August. Even as Harvey’s strength was reduced to a tropical storm level, it produced record setting rains that caused catastrophic flooding in the greater metropolitan area of Houston and other parts of southeastern Texas. Texas Governor Greg Abbot declared a state of disaster on August 28 with damages projected to reach up to $180 billion.