June 6, 2019
In response to a National Institute of Standards and Technology request for comments on the development of technical standards for artificial intelligence, NSPE has encouraged policymakers to protect the public health, safety, and welfare when developing artificial intelligence technical standards and considering complex AI issues.
June 3, 2019
As the NSPE Board of Directors was meeting in Alexandria, Virginia, we were shocked and saddened to follow the news of the horrific shooting incident to our south in Virginia Beach. Our hearts break at the loss of life and we extend our condolences and sympathy to the community, our nation, and our professional family.
May 15, 2019
NSPE has challenged two automakers and federal regulators over public safety issues in the companies’ development of autonomous vehicles. On May 14, NSPE questioned petitions from General Motors and Nuro Inc. that seek exemptions from vehicle safety requirements (such as having a steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, and a gearshift) for the AVs they are developing.
April 30, 2019
NSPE and Engineers Canada share a commitment to finding mutually acceptable solutions to international licensure mobility challenges. The two organizations issued a joint statement after discussions on reciprocity and mobility for licensed North American engineers.
April 16, 2019
Over the last several weeks, NSPE’s Government Relations staff has been working with congressional staffers on a federal bill to end licensing exemptions for work done on public utility pipelines. The bill is a response to the Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts, incident that occurred in the fall of 2018, in which over-pressurized gas pipelines exploded, destroying several homes and killing one person.
March 27, 2019
NSPE has joined with several other organizations to protest the proposed use of tracking software on the computers of government contract employees, including those at engineering firms.
February 19, 2019
In legislatures around the country, a threat to engineering firms that contract with government agencies is emerging. The threat comes from a model bill requiring private businesses that contract with any government body to install tracking software on the computer of every employee who works on a public project. The company TransparentBusiness is aggressively promoting the model bill as a way of reducing fraudulent charges by government contractors.
January 16, 2019
A federal judge has ruled that an Oregon man was within his First Amendment rights when he referred to himself as an “engineer,” even though he was not licensed as a professional engineer. This ruling does not, in any way, weaken or change the fact that only PEs may engage in the professional practice of engineering in the state, nor that only licensed individuals may call themselves professional engineers or PEs.
January 3, 2019
NSPE’s major effort to improve public safety in the aftermath of a deadly pipeline explosion in Massachusetts has resulted in a new state law. On December 31, Governor Charlie Baker signed emergency legislation that requires a licensed professional engineer to approve plans for engineering work associated with natural gas infrastructure in the commonwealth.
December 13, 2018
NSPE has raised objections to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed elimination of a requirement that closed vent emissions system modifications be reviewed and sealed by a professional engineer. The objections were outlined in a public comment to the agency, which is reconsidering emission standards for the oil and natural gas sector.