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Disposal off-site Disposal is off-site overly expensive is overly expensive Since October Sinceof October 2016, the of 2016, Guamthe Guam and importation of replacement of replacement soil soil Contractors Contractors Association Association has conducted has conducted and importation cost significantly. cost significantly. This This a series ofameetings series of meetings with the military with the military increases increases should beshould possible beinpossible most cases in most except cases except concerning concerning the H-2b the issue H-2b and issue the MEC and the MEC possibly atpossibly playground at playground locations.locations. Fill Fill issue. Another issue. meeting Anotherwith meeting the military with the military is plannedisfor planned later inforMay laterininwhich May in which or backfillormaterial backfillcan material be rechecked can be rechecked the GCAthe member GCAGeneral memberContractors General Contractorsby ferrousby metal ferrous detector metalindetector 6 or 8-inch in 6 or 8-inch and GCAand member GCAMEC member Specialist MEC Specialist lifts to ensure lifts to MEC ensure freeMEC soil. free soil. Contractors Contractors will present willrecommendations present recommendations on possible onimprovements possible improvements to the process to the process 6. Depth 6. forDepth Exploration for Exploration not to Exceed not to Exceed that will bring that will about bring improvement about improvement in time in time 3’-0” or Top 3’-0” ofor Rock. 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Bipartisan, ABC-supported Career and Technical Education Bill Introduced in Congress By: Jeff Leieritz

May 10 - The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, was introduced in the Committee on Education and the Workforce by Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-Pa.) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) on May 4. The ABC-supported legislation would provide more access to valuable career and technical education (CTE) programs and ensure these programs are aligned with in-demand jobs, including construction.

ABC sent a letter to Reps. Thompson and Krishnamoorthi thanking them for introducing the bill, writing “it is essential that our nation improves access to high-quality CTE programs and that these programs are focused on high-demand industries like construction, are connected to local employers and deliver nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials.” ABC praised the legislation, which will “take

vital steps toward opening up opportunities for students and giving them a competitive advantage in finding fulfilling and high paying careers in the construction industry.”

Construction Industry Praises President Trump for Eliminating Burdensome Obama-era Recordkeeping Rule By: Francis Lowe

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 4Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) commended President Trump for signing a resolution into law eliminating the Obama administration's controversial "Volks rule" (formally known as Clarification of an Employer's Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness final rule). Congress passed the resolution through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). "The Volks rule, finalized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under President Obama, imposed a massive paperwork burden on contractors without improving jobsite safety," said ABC Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen. "Associated Builders and Contractors members value workplace safety and regulations based on sound evidence; however, OSHA's 12 | MAY2017

rule directly contradicted the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the U.S. Court of Appeals decisions. ABC looks forward to continuing to work with OSHA to develop standards that include real-world input from contractors and accomplish the agency's important goal of improving jobsite safety without unduly burdening job creators."

ABC sent letters to members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate ahead of the CRA resolution votes on the Volks rule urging them to support the resolution and informing them ABC would consider the vote a key vote on its 115th Congressional Scorecard.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act, contractors are still required by OSHA to maintain injury and illness logs for five years. The CRA resolution (H.J. Res. 83), does not change contractors' responsibility to maintain injury and illness logs, however, it limits OSHA's ability to retroactively cite contractors for past incidents to the six month statute of limitations set by the OSH Act and multiple U.S. Court of Appeals decisions.


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Legislation to ban PLA Mandates Introduced in U.S. Senate By: Francis Lowe

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today voiced its strong support for the Fair and Open Competition Act (S. 622). The bill, introduced by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), will reduce costs for taxpayers by encouraging all qualified construction companies to compete for federal and federally funded construction projects. S. 622 prevents federal agencies and recipients of federal funding from requiring contractors to sign controversial project labor agreements (PLAs) as a condition of winning federal or federally assisted construction contracts. "The Fair and Open Competition Act will create more construction jobs and help taxpayers get the best possible construction project at the best possible price by increasing competition, reducing waste, and eliminating favoritism in the procurement process," said ABC Vice President of Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs Ben Brubeck. "This important bill will create a level playing field where more qualified contractors will compete for public construction contracts because the government can neither encourage nor prohibit project labor agreements." "When mandated by the government, PLAs discriminate against the 86.1 percent of the private U.S. construction workforce that chooses not to join a labor union and drive up the cost of taxpayer-funded construction by 12 percent to 18 percent compared to projects not subject to PLA mandates," said Brubeck. "ABC supports this bill because it will create jobs for veterans, minorities, women and local workers not affiliated with unions, and will create opportunities for small businesses and qualified contractors hurt by PLA requirements. We urge Congress to immediately pass this common-sense legislation and put an end to these

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anti-competitive and costly contracting schemes." An ABC-led a coalition of 14 construction industry and business associations sent a letter to the Senate today in support of the bill. When mandated by a government agency on a taxpayer-funded project, a PLA typically ensures construction contracts are awarded only to companies that agree to recognize unions as the representatives of their employees on that job; use the union hiring hall to obtain workers at the expense of existing qualified employees; obtain apprentices through union apprenticeship programs; follow inefficient union work rules; pay into union benefit and multi-employer pension plans workers will never benefit from unless they meet vesting requirements; and force workers to pay union dues and/or join a union as a condition of employment. In 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13502, which strongly encourages the use of government-mandated PLAs on federal and federally funded construction projects. In January 2017, letters sent by ABC and a coalition of construction and industry stakeholders asked President Trump to rescind Obama's pro-PLA policy and replace it with Executive Orders 13202 and 13208, which prohibited government-mandated PLAs on $147.1 billion worth of federal construction contracts and hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of federally assisted projects from 2001 until it was rescinded by President Obama in 2009.

Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), had more than 100 cosponsors and was passed out of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In 2015, the U.S. Senate passed Sen. Flake's Amendment 665 to the Senate's budget resolution (S. Con. Res. 11), which expressed the sense of the Senate that construction contracts should be awarded without discrimination based on contractors' agreements with labor organizations. A total of 22 states- 20 since 2010- have passed similar measures ensuring fair and open competition on state and local projects. This year, a number of states are deliberating similar bills, such as Wisconsin's SB3/AB24, which was sent to Gov. Scott Walker's desk on March 9. In 2015, West Virginia became the 22nd state to ban PLA mandates when Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D-W.Va.) signed the bipartisan Establishing Fair and Open Competition in Governmental Construction Act. Gov. Tomblin is the first Democratic governor to sign a bill prohibiting PLA mandates. Also in 2015, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) signed into law a bipartisan bill prohibiting PLA mandates that had previously passed both the State Senate and House of Representatives in unanimous votes.

In the 114th Congress, a similar bill, the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 1671), introduced by Rep.


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Greek philosophy and mythology is riddled in symbolism. Fire is often associated with passion and power. The infamous Prometheus even stole fire from the sun in direct insubordination toward the gods so mankind could survive. Thanks, P! Fire is a tricky thing. It can be easy to have conflicting issues with the idea of ‘fire’. On one hand, fire can symbolize creativity, a spark of genius, passion, speed, and lust. Heat and flames are famously used on car decals and song lyrics to fervently demonstrate desire and hunger. On the other hand, fire can mean destruction. As some people have experienced, fires can be equally damaging. Homes and businesses are always at risk, but, most importantly, the people who reside or work in them. However, the flames of fire can also encourage transformation. In the legend of the phoenix we see a bird that is constantly reborn from its ashes – stronger, wiser, and ready for its next adventure. How

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fitting Phoenix Pacific (Guam), Inc. makes it its mission to transform the way businesses think about fire safety in our community. They are committed to providing the best possible services and technical support toward fire safety throughout. “We make your objectives ours to ensure that your Fire Alarm System is working efficiently, effectively and safely with vigilance,” their mission statement states. Gabriel Simon, Branch Manager of PPGI, spoke about their work and reputation as a leader in Fire and Life Safety Systems throughout the Western Pacific and Micronesia Region. “It is not just the systems that Phoenix Pacific provides, it is our approach and commitment to the industry that makes the real difference,” he said. Sometimes it can seem like rocket science for the tiniest piece of technology, especially if we’re not familiar. Sure, we’re not using rotary phones anymore, but that sound your fire alarm is making isn’t just there to annoy you, your employees, and


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customers. “A properly working ‘fire alarm system’ provides a service, it is sniffing for smoke and sensing for heat, and it screams if either is detected,” said Simon. But, he also pointed out that the fully functioning, maintained, and certified to national and local regulatory agencies is a huge plus for fire insurance policies. Additionally, he stated of PPGI, “our systems can provide the highest level of safety and security, integrated with other building systems for real time verification and monitoring of virtually anything, with notification to anywhere.” Simon pointed out that although they specialize in advanced systems, they are “user friendly and cost effective.” Phew! He added, “we are a ‘one stop show’ for anything fire safety…” Simon listed several of their services including wet/dry sprinkler systems, fire pumps, kitchen hood suppression systems, CCTV systems, intrusion detection/access control, and even traffic control systems – probably their best kept secret. But, more than anything – all the accolades and impressive list of completed and pending projects – Simon says they are proud of the level of training of their technology and the third party NICET (National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies) certification. The NICET certification augments their technicians’ skills and knowledge in the fire alarm industry according to their company profile. But, back to the whole ‘fire’ thing: according to the National Fire Protection Agency, in 2015, there were 1,345,500 fires reported in the United States. 501,500 were structure fires that resulted in 2,685 civilian deaths, 13,000 civilian injuries, and over $10 billion in property damage. This is a heated issue pun intended. What is the main problem? Simon pointed to “improperly maintained fire alarm systems, resulting in unreliable and either partially, or totally non-operational systems.” But, it comes down to whom is making the decisions on fire and life safety he said. He gave a few examples of phrases that he is all too familiar with that point toward the system not working for a while, not wanting to fix it, disconnecting sections of the alarm systems, or 18 | MAY2017

simply just getting the minimal certification necessary. While fire codes and regulations are dependent on the National Building Code, National Mechanical Code, National Electrical Code, and National Fire Protection Association, they can become difficult and complicated. However, Simon stresses having an inspection of fire and life safety systems by qualified Fire Protection Engineers. What it comes down to shouldn’t be the dollars businesses saved or time around paperwork, but the lives and possibly the livelihoods at stake. Simon emphasized that all decisions regarding Fire and Life Safety Systems should be made with the worst-case scenario in mind. However, Simon is also quick to point out that “that we are all too complacent” regarding fire safety on island. “There is no such thing as being too prepared.” It can be easy to think, “That won’t happen to me” Simon stated. As Simon highlighted, we live and work in concrete buildings. Deaths might not occur because of actual fire burns, but smoke inhalation and lack of oxygen. He encourages people – not just businesses – to develop and practice plans in case there is a fire. It really should not be a thing that happens only at schools on occasion. There should be an escape route, meeting spot in case you are separated, and access to emergency information. It really is after all a community effort. Schools, businesses, and homes are some of the places we spend most of our time – it’s important our community become more involved and knowledgeable of the dangers of minimal fire and life safety. It’s an all-too-familiar scene on Guam: the fire alarm goes off in a certain place, and nobody gets up to evacuate. “Did someone just pull the alarm?” “I’m not leaving until I see smoke.” “Are you kidding me?” As funny as it might seem, that poses a personal as well as an economic risk. Maybe it is time we take the transformative symbolism of ‘fire’ and change our mindsets about how we should treat fire safety in our community. It might seem like a lot of work, but maybe we need to light a fire under this to ensure compliance and all-around safety.


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Navy Renews One-Guam Commitment at Island Sustainability Conference; Discusses Sustainable Utilities TUMON, Guam -Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas utility experts participated in the Eighth Annual Island Sustainability Conference hosted by the University of Guam on April 19 at the Hyatt Regency Guam. Military presenters focused on updating the group on accomplishments in achieving sustainable utilities for the entire island, and underscored the Navy’s commitment to One Guam through improvements to Guam’s water and power systems. NAVFAC Marianas Commanding Officer Capt. Stephanie Jones emphasized the importance of the cooperative One-Guam approach they have established for addressing critical issues impacting the island’s water and power systems. “We are striving to achieve reliable and resilient power and water systems for Guam,” said Jones, who participated as a panel member alongside partners from the Guam Power Authority (GPA) and Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA), which focused on sustainable utilities.

“This is best accomplished through our continued work with GPA and GWA to find creative solutions to resolve critical utility issues facing the island.” The One Guam initiative is playing a vital role in GPA’s progress toward its goal of providing 25 percent of its energy with renewable sources, according to John Benavente, GPA general manager. “We both recognize that we cannot be installing renewable energy projects without understanding that the grid is only one,” he said. “That really puts us together to work on the One Guam solution, which we have been working diligently toward.” Desiree Masterson, regional energy program manager for NAVFAC Marianas, gave a presentation on the Navy Regional Energy Master Plans during a conference breakout session. She noted that, over the past five years, military installations on Guam have successfully competed for the Navy’s energy funds, resulting in over $90 million in energy projects. “We had a huge push in the past two years from the Secretary of the Navy to install

Sustainable Utilities: Capt. Stephanie Jones, commanding officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas; and Armando Abad, utilities, energy management product line coordinator, NAVFAC Marianas; take part in a plenary panel on sustainable utilities at the University of Guam’s Eighth Island Sustainability Conference at Hyatt Regency Guam in Tumon on April 19. Panel members were, from left, Miguel Bordallo, general manager, Guam Waterworks Authority; Sen. Telena Nelson, chairwoman, committee on utilities, 34th Guam Legislature; John Benavente, general manager, Guam Power Authority; Jones; and Abad. (NAVFAC Marianas Public Affairs Office/Released)

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renewable energy projects worldwide,” she said. “We coordinated with GPA and this partnership has resulted in Guam now being a part of the Navy renewable program.” With the number of energy projects on island the Secretary of the Navy looked at Guam specifically and said, ‘I want to do this energy plan here first as a model for the rest of the Navy,' according to Masterson. “The plan being formulated is to establish a plan of action to meet energy goals through 2035. In addition to sustainability, the plans address resiliency, security, renewable energy projects and efficiency.” 
The Navy’s participation at the conference is vital. “The military is a big part of our island,” said Austin Shelton III, assistant professor and associate director, UOG Center for Island Sustainability (CIS). “We’re really happy and appreciative that Capt. Jones and others took the time to come to the conference and be part of the conversation that needs to happen around sustainability.” The Navy has participated in the CIS conference since its inception in 2009.

Renewable Energy: Desiree Masterson, regional energy program manager, Joint Region Marianas and NAVFAC Marianas, gives a presentation on the Navy Regional Energy Plan during a breakout session on energy of the University of Guam’s Eighth Island Sustainability Conference at Hyatt Regency Guam in Tumon on April 19. (NAVFAC Marianas Public Affairs Office/Released)


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NAVFAC Marianas Named Winner in Prestigious CNO Shore Safety Award Program ASAN, Guam – Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas was named on Apr. 22 the winner in the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Shore Safety Award Program in the small industrial category for fiscal year 2016.

NAVFAC Marianas Commanding Officer Capt. Stephanie Jones commended the entire command for significant contributions toward reducing mishaps, enabling mission readiness and protecting lives. “Congratulations to every member of the team,” Jones said. “This prestigious award reflects greatly on the command's outstanding leadership and employees’ unyielding commitment to safety. It takes the entire command's effort and focus on building a strong culture of safety at every level to attain this level of safety success.” 
 NAVFAC Marianas is praised for enabling mission readiness of 30 military commands on Guam by imbedding safety as an essential component in all of the products and services. In addition, safety was included in all on-duty and

off-duty activities; shore infrastructure work processes; designs and acquisitions. Fiscal year 2016 is highlighted by a number of major achievements in the Safety Program. Among them, Jones noted a reduction in the mishap rate for ‘days away restricted and transferred’ (DART) by more than 60 percent from fiscal year 2013. Also of significant note is a 50 percent reduction in the trend of slips, trips and falls, (ST&F) through greater communication, oversight and awareness at the Safety Leadership Board and Mishap Review Board, and mandatory training. “Together our team established the Employee Safety Committee (ESC) to empower personnel and encourage accountability; to promote safety communication amongst personnel and supervisors; and to address and resolve safety issues at the lowest level.” Annually, the CNO Shore Safety Awards Program recognizes outstanding support and achievement in safety and occupational health.

“In the midst of budget, personnel and resource challenges, operational risk management (ORM) and our Safety Program continues to advance, to meet challenges head on,” Jones said. “I am confident that we will continue to do so during these critical times.” 
NAVFAC Marianas employs approximately 520 civilian personnel, 23 military officers and 10 enlisted Seabees. The command supports an area of operations that encompasses about 36,500 acres with more than 5,000 facilities. Its average annual volume of sales is $500 million in Public Works and Facility Engineering and Construction products and services. NAVFAC Marianas serves the region as the primary agency to support all Department of Defense construction, engineering, public works, facility, environmental and acquisition activities and requirements.

NAVFAC Marianas Named Winner in Prestigious CNO Shore Safety Award Program ASAN, Guam - Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas announced today the start of a 45-day public comment phase for a Programmatic Agreement (PA) Memo associated with a Marine Corps Realignment project on Guam. Public comments are being accepted through June 26, 2017 (Chamorro Standard Time) for PA Memo #1: P-290 Design and Construction of Earth Covered Magazines and Ordnance Pads at Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB). The project proposes to construct twelve earth covered magazines and two ordnance pads, in fulfillment of support facilities and infrastructure requirements

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for reduction of explosives safety risks from military munitions. Interested members of the community may submit comments to criwebcomment@navy.mil. Hard copy comments may be submitted to the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) at the Guam Historic Resources Division Office, 490 Chalan Palasyo, Agana Heights. To read and download the PA Memos, please log onto the NAVFAC Pacific Cultural Resources Information (CRI) website at http://go.usa.gov/kZWG. Alternatively, hard copies are also


available through Guam SHPO. In addition, members of the public wishing to receive regular updates related to the Guam and CNMI Programmatic Agreement of 2011 may subscribe online through the following link found on the Joint Region Marianas web page: https://go.usa.gov/x5BQS. Please note all web URLs are case sensitive. PA Memos provide an opportunity for interested members of the public to participate in the Section 106 consultation process required under the National Historic Preservation Act.

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did you know? USAspending.gov is a publicly accessible, searchable website mandated by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 to give the American public access to information on how their tax dollars are spent. For all contracts, federal agencies are required to report the name of the entity receiving the award, the amount of the award, description of the product/service, place of performance, and much more detailed information about the the awardee (large, small, SDB, WOSB, SDVOSB, etc.).

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Source: USASpending.gov The graph above federal governTheillustrates graph above illustrates federal government spending on Guam overonthe last three ment spending Guam over the last three fiscal years. FY17 asisofreported as of fiscal data years.is reported FY17 data February 2017. Contracts awarded by awarded by February 2017. Contracts federal agencies (Departments of Defense, of Defense, federal agencies (Departments Homeland Security, Agriculture, are Homeland Security, etc.) Agriculture, etc.) are broken down broken in to three broad down in tocategories; three broad categories; construction, construction, products, andproducts, services. and services. Based on the Based above,on if the the average above, ifcontract the average contract expenditures expenditures for the previous fiscal three fiscal for three the previous years are: years are: ConstructionConstruction $ 359.5M $ 359.5M Products Products $ 80.8M $ 80.8M Services Services $ 267.6M $ 267.6M Total $ 708M $ 708M Total

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small biz notes • Fargo Pacific, Inc. was awarded a $3,980,000 task order to renovate Building 101A on Naval Base, Guam. Work to be performed includes renovation of interior spaces, abatement and removal of asbestos containing materials (ACM), and construction of a standby emergency generator building and antenna platform structure. • Hagens, Inc. was awarded about $634K for the second option year to provide exterminating and pest control services at Andersen Air Force Base and Naval Base, Guam. • Galaide Professional Services, Inc. was awarded about $982K to provide Safety and Occupational Health Services for Joint Region Marianas, Guam. • Wolf Creek Federal Services, Inc was awarded about $1.06M for additional maintenance of family housing facilities on Andersen Air Force Base and Naval Base, Guam. • About $47.5M was awarded to Small Business (SB) concerns on Guam for a wide variety of products and services through April 2017. Breakdown of awards: • $41M - Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDB) • $19M - HUBZone Small Businesses (HZ) • $5.8M - Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) • $4.6M - Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) The figures above do not add up to the overall Small Business total ($47.5M) as some small business concerns may fit multiple categories. For example, a SDVOSB may also be HZ and SDB. Source: Federal Procurement Data System Next-Generation (FPDS-NG).

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Sheetmetal Worker

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Landscape Gardener

Heavy Equipment Mechanic

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Total U.S. Workers


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Total H-2B Employers




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Reinforcing Metalworker




HVAC Technician

Heavy Equipment Mechanic


Common Construction Occupations Cement Mason



Bakery Mechanic

Construction Equipment Mechanic

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Other Construction Occupations

Employers Workplace Monthly Report Statistics


Other Non-Construction Occupations

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Korea Thailand 0.00% 0.00%







9.85% 0.99%

Other 0.00%

Peru 0.00%

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Kiribati 0.77%


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Japan 0.77%

Australia 0.00%

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