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Federal contractor ‘blacklisting’ rule winds through White House, agencies

Sources: Littler Mendelson P.C., San Francisco; Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The Department of Labor has submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a proposed rule supporting President Obama’s July 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (E.O.), provisions in which can bar participation in federal projects if contractors or their subcontractors have violated labor laws in the past three years.

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Road Builders map fuel tax, rebate plan to fund six-year, $400 billion highway bill

Sources: American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), Washington, D.C.; CP staff

As members and their customers approach the current federal surface transportation program’s May 31 sunset, ARTBA has outlined a plan it believes could end the political impasse over how to fund Washington, D.C.’s share of state highway, bridge and transit capital projects, while seeding a $401 billion, six-year highway and mass transit capital investment program.

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Super Air Meter gauges void spacing, passes AASHTO muster

Sources: Oklahoma State University, Stillwater; CP staff

SuperAir 150The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ new standard, "Characterization of the Air-Void System of Freshly Mixed Concrete by the Sequential Pressure Method," validates a device measuring void spacing and air content in about 10 minutes. The Super Air Meter (SAM) is a modified version of the vessel used in ASTM C231, Standard Test Method for Air Content of Freshly Mixed Concrete by the Pressure Method, and was developed at Oklahoma State University.

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