Category: Government

  • NSSGA Says Consistency is Key on Regulations and Funding

    Bill Schmitz of Gernatt Gravel Products, Inc. in Collins, N.Y., told the House Small Business Committee consistency and clarity should be a priority in federal decision-making. He also emphasized the importance of regulatory reform and a strong federal investment in efforts to fix the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. “When Congress delays the enactment of a highway…

    Posted 4/25/18 at 3:14 PM

  • MSHA Adding Time to Comply with Exams Rule

    MSHA told NSSGA that the agency will not issue citations related to the new Workplace Exams Rule until Oct. 1, 2018. This move will give operators time to understand the rule and the agency time to provide additional compliance assistance. However, the agency may issue citations in the case of extremely dangerous hazards. MSHA published a final rule…

    Posted 4/24/18 at 6:52 PM

  • NSSGA Podcast: Omnibus Bill and MSHA’s Small Mines Office

    Where did MSHA’s Office of Small Mines go? Established in 2003, the office offered compliance assistance to operators – particularly small quarries – prior to inspections. The office, which was independent of the inspectorate, was folded into the agency’s field services arm in recent years and is hard to find now. “All it tried to do … was…

    Posted 4/17/18 at 3:44 PM

  • Two-Year Review for Federal Projects

    Twelve federal agencies agreed to limit National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews to two years and assign a specific agency to lead the review. The move furthers part of the Trump administration’s infrastructure proposal to streamline permits. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Army Corps of Engineers and the Departments of the Interior and Transportation signed…

    Posted 4/12/18 at 11:00 AM

  • MSHA Finalizes Workplace Exams Rule

    MSHA published a final 2018 Workplace Examinations Rule today, April 9, 2018. NSSGA’s preliminary analysis is that the final rule, which goes into effect on June 2, codifies the relatively positive changes proposed in September 2017. The rule broadens the time in which a competent person could conduct workplace exams from just before the shift to…

    Posted 4/9/18 at 1:05 PM

  • President Signs Government Spending Bill, Adding Billions to Infrastructure

    President Trump signed the $1.3 trillion-dollar federal spending bill keeping the federal government funded through the end of September. For the last several months, the government was operating on temporary measures.  Of note, this bill includes $48.5 billion dollars for surface transportation and another $13.6 billion for airport, railroad and water projects.  “Progress has been…

    Posted 3/23/18 at 1:58 PM

  • Federal Spending Bill Clears House

    The U.S. House of Representatives approved the federal spending bill released last night by a vote of 256 to 167. The omnibus appropriations bill includes an additional $10 billion in transportation funding over fiscal year 2017 spending but must still clear the U.S. Senate before the deadline tomorrow night at midnight in order to keep…

    Posted 3/22/18 at 3:27 PM

  • 2018 Federal Spending Levels Released

    After weeks of bipartisan negotiations, the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill was released tonight to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2018. It must clear both chambers of Congress before the March 23, deadline to keep the government operating. Further analysis of the 2,200 page document will be necessary, however, spending…

    Posted 3/21/18 at 10:04 PM

  • MSHA to Collect on Unpaid Fines

    David Zatezalo, MSHA administrator, and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta recently highlighted that the agency will look to collect $67 million of unpaid fines issued over the last decade. Known as the MSHA Scofflaw Program, the agency issued 16 citations for failing to pay penalties since 2007. “Ultimately, a more robust Scofflaw Program is about more…

    Posted 3/20/18 at 11:19 AM

  • The Starting Five

    Five Cabinet secretaries faced questions from U.S. Senate on administration’s principles of infrastructure investment before the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on March 13. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Energy Secretary Rick Perry discussed how they would like to see Congress create a…

    Posted 3/15/18 at 2:12 PM