March 4, 2016
On March 2, NSPE Vice President Tom Roberts, P.E., F.NSPE, testified before a Kansas House subcommittee on the importance of protecting and promoting the continued use of qualifications-based selection in Kansas. In response to an audit recommendation suggesting that the state move away from QBS, Roberts, a former president of the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers, testified on the tremendous value of using the QBS method.
February 18, 2016
On February 11, NSPE President Tim Austin, P.E., F.NSPE, sent a letter to Kansas state legislators in response to a report claiming that the Kansas Department of Transportation could save money by eliminating qualifications-based selection in the department’s procurement of architectural and engineering services. NSPE strongly opposes efforts to erode QBS. In his letter to state legislators, Austin clearly established that QBS protects the public health, safety, and welfare.
February 11, 2016
Embracing its Grand Challenge to foster ethical innovation, NSPE has been working on multiple fronts to promote and protect the public health, safety, and welfare in the development and deployment of autonomous vehicle technologies. The Society is taking action to give professional engineers a leading voice in ensuring that the same attention to safety and reliability that went into the built transportation infrastructure is incorporated into autonomous vehicles and smart transportation systems.
February 2, 2016
On February 1, NSPE President Tim Austin, P.E., F.NSPE, called on Michigan legislators to support Michigan House Bill 5238, the Local Government Professional Services Selection Act. If enacted, the legislation will set procedures for local governments to procure architectural, engineering, and land surveying services using a qualifications-based selection process. NSPE believes qualified professional engineers should be selected to perform all engineering services on the basis of design ability, experience, integrity, and other key professional factors—rather than price.
NSPE has expressed concern about Oklahoma legislation that would amend the state’s engineering licensure law to permit a structural engineering designation for structural engineers. This change, the Society says, would undermine the existing process for licensing professional engineers in Oklahoma and possibly other jurisdictions.
January 27, 2016
The National Society of Professional Engineers joins the nation in concern over the ongoing and dire water quality crisis in Flint, Michigan, and we await more details about the disaster. The licensed professional engineer’s foremost responsibility is to practice in a manner that protects the public health, safety, and welfare. We offer our support and resources to the City of Flint and the State of Michigan to gain a better understanding of the circumstances involved so they can be avoided in the future.
January 19, 2016
The federal government has announced major new initiatives toward automated vehicle development and safety, a top NSPE policy priority.
December 15, 2015
In a House Committee on Natural Resources hearing on the Department of the Interior’s role in the Animas River spill, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell indicated support for strengthening engineering standards in her agency. The spill was caused by a blowout at the Gold King Mine in Colorado. At the December 9 hearing, Rep. Bruce Westerman, P.E.
December 10, 2015
On December 10, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The new education law is significant because NSPE has long advocated key provisions of the Educating Tomorrow’s Engineers Act, which are incorporated into the Every Student Succeeds Act. In particular, the bill includes a funding provision allowing states to refine their science assessments by integrating engineering design skills and practices for the first time.
December 7, 2015
On December 5, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act into law. The conference report was approved overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives by a vote of 359-65 and an equally impressive tally of 83-16 in the Senate. A comprehensive five year/$305 billion surface transportation authorization, this law is the culmination of a decade of 36 short-term extensions. NSPE has long urged Congress to pass a long-term infrastructure bill.