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NECA Legislative Top Three 5/22/20: Take Action and Voice Industry Needs to Congress

May 22, 2020

1. DOD Announces CMMC Process to Begin in June 2020 


In June, the Department of Defense will begin the certification process of the Cybersecutiry Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) version 1.0. The new regulations through the CMMC will require a third party certification of a contractor’s compliance when associated with DOD projects. This certification will be reauthorized every three years to ensure that sensitive information on contractors’ information systems are properly protected. NECA has compiled a notice regarding the CMMC that can be found here. 


NECA’s Look Ahead: The DOD is expected to implement  the CMMC for RFIs as early as June and in select RFPs by September. NECA encourages all contractors that bid on or perfom DOD work to begin learing the requirements and certification process required by the CMMC. We will continue to keep NECA contractors up to date on the CMMC process.  


2. Transportation Construction Coalition Holds Fly-In 


NECA, as a member of the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC), attended their virtual fly-in this week to promote infrastructure investment to Congress. Attendees heard remarks reinforcing the need for infrastructure funding from Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-Del.) of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, and Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-Mo.) of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee 


NECA’s Look Ahead: NECA contractors are encouraged to be part of the Transportation Construction Coalition’s effort to tell Congress and the Administration that now is the time to invest in transportation infrastructure.  


3NECA Joins Business Groups in Requesting Fixes to PPP  


NECA along with a large coalition of industry groups lead by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to the Administration and Congress asking for legislative fixes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). 


NECA’s Look Ahead: A small legislative package to fix the PPP is currently being negotiated and could be brought to the House floor as early as next week.  

Specifically, we asked Congress to: 

 (1) Repeal the Paycheck Protection Program’s (PPP) 75%-25% rule. 

 (2) Extend the eight-week period for purposes of calculating loan forgiveness. 

 (3) Extend the June 30 safe harbor date for rehiring and restoration of pay.