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Welcome to the NASHTU Website

 

The National Association of State Highway and Transportation Unions (NASHTU) is dedicated to ensuring that federal transportation dollars are spent on cost-effective, safe projects that serve the public interest.  NASHTU is comprised of 38 unions and associations representing hundreds of thousands of state and locally employed transportation engineers, construction managers and inspectors, technical workers and related public servants from throughout the United States.

 

 

NASHTU 2015 Conference Dates -- April 20-22

Save the date! The 16th Annual NASHTU Conference will be held on Monday, April 20 through Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. 

The NASHTU Conference is a good opportunity for NASHTU members to come together and share information. The annual conferences have demonstrated that outsourcing for engineering, technical, and other transportation services is a problem in nearly every state. By coming together and sharing strategies and perspectives, NASHTU helps each member union be more successful in its fight to limit outsourcing. Even though outsourcing has proven to be wasteful and inefficient, it has strong political and ideological support in many state and local governments and transportation agencies. 

If you have any suggestions for speakers, panel topics, or interesting subjects for the conference, please let us know.



Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee for Highways and Transit, was a featured speaker at the 2014 NASHTU Conference.

 

NASHTU News

U.S. Bridges – LaHood: “They’re Dangerous”

CBS’s 60 Minutes did a segment over the weekend on the nation’s crumbling infrastructure and the Highway Trust Fund funding gap. While the story covered other transportation sectors, it focused on the dismal state of America’s road and bridges. It featured interviews with former DOT Secretary Ray LaHood and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee. Both LaHood and Rep. Blumenauer called for an increase to the 18.4 cents per gallon federal gas tax. The gas tax has not been raised since 1993. Rep. Blumenauer, who spoke at the 2014 NASHTU Conference on the same topic, also said that he has unsuccessfully pushed for the House Ways and Means Committee to hold hearings about how to generate more revenue to fund transportation. 

The most notable quote in the story, however, belongs to LaHood, who is now a co-chair of Building America’s Future, a coalition of former and current elected officials that seek to increase investment in U.S. Infrastructure. When referencing the many bridges designated as structurally deficient, LaHood said, “I don’t want to say they’re unsafe. But they’re dangerous.” 

Neither House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster or Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp agreed to be interviewed for the segment. 

Watch the full story here.

 

Congratulations to Jimmy Tarlau!


Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD) with NASHTU Founding Member Jimmy Tarlau

It’s official… Jimmy Tarlau, one of NASHTU’s original founders, has won his election to the Maryland House of Delegates! He is one of two people elected to represent District 47A in Maryland House of Delegates. Congratulations Jimmy!

 

 

News Stories

 

  • Now is the Perfect Time to Raise Gas Taxes November 11, 2014 (Forbes) – WASHINGTON – Let’s see if I have this right: Congress needs to finance highway and transit projects but can’t agree on how. The traditional revenue source is the gasoline tax. Gas prices are at their lowest levels in years and dropping. Consumers would barely notice if they had to pay a bit more now at the pump. And it might eventually mean less time sitting in traffic. Read the full story.

  • Can a new Congress bail out transportation in five months? November 10, 2014 (Washington Post) – WASHINGTON – As the smoke cleared on a new political reality last week, transportation was a bit of an afterthought in the “what will the election mean for” discussion, which focused mostly on immigration, health care, trade agreements and tax reform. Roads, bridges and transit got a fleeting nod as “infrastructure,” the more elegant-sounding category to which they belong. Read the full story.

  • House rejects Senate highway bill July 31, 2014 (The Hill) – WASHINGTON – The House on Thursday shot down legislation from the Senate that would have extended federal transportation funding until December. The 272-150 vote puts pressure on Senate Democrats to accept the House-passed transportation bill, which would provide funding until next spring and avert a late summer shutdown of construction projects. Read the full story.

  • Obama to Congress: Finish highway bill before recess July 30, 2014 (The Hill) – WASHINGTON – President Obama pushed lawmakers on Wednesday to finish working on a bill to extend federal transportation funding before they leave Washington for the August recess. Lawmakers spent much of Wednesday squabbling over competing versions of a short-term extension that would prevent road and transit funding from drying up next month. Read the full story.

  • Senate steps closer to 'highway cliff' July 29, 2014 (Politico) – WASHINGTON – The Senate has passed a bill to rescue highway and transit funding that House Speaker John Boehner says he won’t accept, keeping the specter of a “highway cliff” alive with just days before Congress is set to leave for its August recess. Read the full story.

  • Senate Dems to take up House's highway bill July 22, 2014 (The Hill) – WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he plans to hold a vote on the $10.9 billion House measure extending transportation funding until the spring as early as Wednesday. Read the full story.

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OMB Cracks Down on Wasteful Outsourcing

 

February 4, 2011

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released a status report on their efforts to curb wasteful government contracting.  In FY 2010, federal agencies spent nearly $80 billion less than they would have if contract spending continued to grow at the same rate it had under the prior Administration.  NASHTU applauds the Obama Administration’s success in contracting reform for federal agencies, but to make government spending even more efficient, these efforts should be expanded to target federally-funded programs as well. 

 

June 14, 2010

Read Representative Judy Chu’s (D-CA) letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) asking that the federal contracting reforms be expanded to apply to all state and local projects that use federal funds. 

 

March 31, 2010

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) released its draft policy letter defining inherently governmental functions that should be performed only by government employees.  Read the Federal Register Notice

 

 

October 27, 2009

WASHINGTON, October 27 – In an attempt to crack down on mismanaged and wasteful federal contracting practices while strengthening oversight and accountability capacity across the government, the Obama Administration has issued guidance today that requires federal agencies to increase the capability and capacity of the civilian agency acquisition workforce to ensure sufficient management and oversight of acquisition dollars.

 

The guidance also provides specific instructions for agencies to avoid high-risk contracts that can result in excessive costs being passed on to taxpayers.

 

July 29, 2009

WASHINGTON, July 29 — President Obama in conjunction with the OMB formally unveiled contracting and workforce reforms that are designed to save the taxpayers at least $40 billion a year. The reforms, released today, focuses on three areas: improving acquisition, managing the multi-sector workforce, and contractor performance information.

 

"Today’s guidance is a major step forward in providing the federal government with the capacity to carry out robust and thorough management and oversight of its contracts in order to achieve programmatic goals, avoid significant overcharges, and stop wasteful spending," said OMB Director Peter Orszag.

 

 

 

March 4, 2009

WASHINGTON, March 4 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday the U.S. government was paying too much for things it did not need and ordered a crackdown on spending he declared "plagued by massive cost overruns and outright fraud."

 

The Democrat, under fire from Republicans for the $3.5 trillion price tag for his 2010 budget plan, also took aim at predecessor George W. Bush and noted the cost of government contracts had doubled to more than half a trillion dollars over the past eight years. 

 

Click here to read the Presidential Memorandum