The Dept. of Homeland Security reports that it soon will begin putting $600 million in recently appropriated funds to use along the Southwest border. An emergency supplemental spending bill for border security, signed into law on Aug. 13, will finance two new DHS operating bases along the border to improve coordination of security activities there. Funds from the spending measure also will permit the department to increase the number of audits of companies to deter violations of employment-verification laws. In an update released Aug. 30, DHS said that, since January 2009, it has audited more than 2,785 employers suspected of
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.