Some construction industry groups are concerned about a potential proposal from the White House they say would allow federal procurement officers to “blacklist” contractors based on an new pre-screening scoring system. President Obama reportedly is considering issuing an executive order to make changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation, says Marco Giamberardino, a senior director at the Associated General Contractors. He says the proposal may resemble recommendations from the National Employment Law Center for “high-road” contracting, which gives preference to firms that provide wages or benefits exceeding current federal requirements. The recommendations also raise questions about what criteria would be used
The 2016 Summer Olympics boating and swimming events have put an international spotlight on what has been a long-running problem in Rio de Janeiro—untreated sewage and trash are clogging up major bays and waterways.