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On Dec. 14, 2023, the Biden administration announced a U.S. Department of Labor proposed rule that would make significant and controversial revisions to the National Apprenticeship System. On Dec. 18, ABC issued a press release in response to the ABC-opposed proposal.

On Dec. 22, 2023, the Biden administration published the long-awaited Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council’s final rule, Use of Project Labor Agreements for Federal Construction Projects, implementing President Joe Biden’s Executive Order 14063, which requires federal construction contracts of $35 million or more to be subjected to controversial project labor agreements.

On Dec. 26, 2023, the U.S. Department of Defense released a proposed rule and guidance documents implementing the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification 2.0 Program. As proposed, CMMC 2.0 would require federal contractors and subcontractors competing for DOD contracts to demonstrate continued compliance with a range of cybersecurity measures to maintain eligibility for performing and winning new federal awards.

On Dec. 13, the U.S. Department of Labor announced its final rule on Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contractors, which will implement Executive Order 14055.

The Biden administration recently released its Fall 2023 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The agenda lists upcoming rulemakings and other regulatory actions from each agency that the administration expects to publish in 2023 and 2024. ABC has prepared a summary of the actions of interest to ABC members by agency.

Throughout 2023, the Biden administration has pushed to roll back Trump-era initiatives and institute new, pro-union policies that challenge ABC members’ ability to win work. ABC continues to fight against these proposed rules and regulations affecting merit shop contractors and advocate for open competition and free enterprise.

Reports indicate that not a single electric vehicle charging station has been constructed with the $7.5 billion in federal investment available through the Federal Highway Administration’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program, threatening the Biden administration’s goal to build 500,000 EV chargers by 2030. The final rule implementing the NEVI Formula Program contained a number of ABC-opposed, union-favoring labor requirements that may be contributing to the program’s stagnation.

FHWA Releases Final Rule on Greenhouse Gas Emissions On Nov. 22, the Federal Highway Administration released its Greenhouse Gas Performance Measure final rule. The final rule requires that state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations—the state entities responsible for transportation infrastructure construction and maintenance—must measure and report GHG emissions associated with transportation. Further, state DOTs and MPOs must set targets for reducing carbon dioxide emission and report on progress toward these targets.

Throughout 2023, ABC has been closely monitoring federal regulatory actions and updating ABC members through the ABC Regulatory Roundup. Several federal rules have gone into effect or are scheduled to go into effect in the near future.

On Nov. 16, the National Labor Relations Board extended the effective date of its final rule on Joint Employer Status Under the National Labor Relations Act from Dec. 26 to Feb. 26, 2024. The new standard will only be applied to cases filed after the rule becomes effective.