Ben Brubeck's Articles

Preliminary Injunction Granted Against ‘Blacklisting’ Final Rule

On Oct. 24, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that prevents the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council from implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule, commonly referred to as the blacklisting rule, which was scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 25.

Pro-Merit Shop Policies Advance in the States

In December 2015, ABC launched “Building America: The Merit Shop Scorecard,” which reviews and grades state-specific information significant to the success of the commercial and industrial merit shop construction industry. 

Executive Actions Target Federal Contractors

Recently enacted directives impacting federal contractors in the construction industry include an expansion of equal employment protections, increased pay transparency requirements and a higher minimum wage for employees of contracting firms employed on federal contracts. 

‘Blacklisting’ Executive Order Continues Regulatory Assault on Federal Contractors

Federal contractors, their workforces and taxpayers should be worried about President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673. It will discourage small businesses from pursuing federal contracts, threaten the livelihood of millions of Americans and increase costs to taxpayers; plus, it could prevent some federal contractors from winning future federal contracts.

Executive Actions Signal Changes in Federal Contracting

Stymied by a gridlocked and bitterly divided Congress, President Barack Obama’s use of executive authority to promote his party’s political agenda in advance of the mid-term congressional elections has many stakeholders worried about a flow of heavy-handed regulations streaming out of federal agencies that could reshape the federal contracting landscape.


Mitigate Risk by Managing Information
Modern building and infrastructure projects generate a lot of data, and it’s...

Rethinking Health Care Construction
Outpatient and walk-in urgent care facilities are far less costly for organizations...

Pave It Forward
In September, The PHILLIPS School in Annandale, Va., debuted $150,000 worth...

2017 Construction Outlook
For now, it’s tempting to maintain a somewhat pessimistic outlook. A combination...

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