February 26, 2018
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has determined that while no health or safety violations occurred during a failed nuclear project, the agency will consider adding a step to its inspection procedures that ensures a professional engineer has approved design specification documents.
February 21, 2018
Infrastructure is the framework that supports virtually every aspect of our lives: transportation, commerce, public health, safety, and security. The National Society of Professional Engineers has consistently advocated for a comprehensive, long-term solution to address the unacceptable decay of our nation’s critical infrastructure. Decades of neglect and underfunding has brought U.S. infrastructure to a tipping point.
January 30, 2018
NSPE and the Nevada Society of Professional Engineers are joining forces to ensure that the work of the Nevada State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors is not compromised by a regulatory review. The Nevada Sunset Subcommittee of the Legislative Commission is reviewing the board and 25 others to determine whether any of them should be terminated, modified, consolidated with another board, or continued.
January 22, 2018
When can I take the PE exam? is one of the most common questions from PE license candidates. The answer varies by state, and now NSPE members have free access to all the answers in one comprehensive resource.
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.