By Rich Juliano, senior vice president, policy, and managing director of Contractors Division, ARTBA

As part of ARTBA’s regulatory reform advocacy efforts, the Contractors Division is seeking volunteers to serve on task forces and working groups relating to some important policy and compliance issues. Members will provide their colleagues and ARTBA staff with “real world” input on the effect of various federal rules and policies, help develop proposals to improve or reform them and participate in discussions with federal officials and coalition partners.

Currently, ARTBA is seeking representatives from contractor member-firms with interest in one of the following areas:

  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program (to join a task force on program reforms)
  • Environmental/Permitting/Streamlining Issues (to join the ARTBA Environmental Committee)
  • Motor Carrier Compliance/Hours of Service (to join a working group on hours of service compliance)
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS – commonly called “drones”) (to join ARTBA’s Task Force on Emerging Technologies)

The time commitment for participation will be reasonable, with many of the activities conducted remotely by “virtual meeting,” phone conference and email. All points of view are welcome.  Members of ARTBA’s Council of State Executives, representing our 37 affiliated chapters, will also be participating.

President Donald Trump has made regulatory reform a major priority. Following the 2016 election, ARTBA compiled information on two dozen federal rules or policies that were “ripe for reform” by the new administration, and provided it to key officials in the Executive Branch and on Capitol Hill.  Subsequently, ARTBA has met with and submitted additional material to numerous agencies and officials, and has released a monthly “scorecard” tracking regulatory developments.

If you or a colleague are interested in joining one of the working groups described above, please contact Allison Rose.