Keep Uncle Sam Out |
Your editorial regarding deficient small dams nationwide suggests that legislation at the federal level is what is needed to properly address this potential problem (ENR 7/26 p. 56). I disagree. I do not believe that centralized power is the de facto solution to all of the nations problems.
You also note that New Jersey is admirably and aggressively addressing the issue. Let New Jersey be a model for other states and keep Uncle Same out.
Offshoring Has Proper Role
Iwant to applaud ENR for your recent comprehensive and balanced cover story on the impact that offshoring of engineering work has had on our industry (ENR 8/2 p. 20). However, your article left the mistaken impression that all of the major engineering industry groups have shied away from taking a stand on the controversial issue.
While it is true that the American Council of Engineering Companies and the American Society of Civil Engineers have thus far been unable to reach consensus on offshoring, the National Society of Professional Engineers took a position on this issue in April 2004. Our position may be summarized as follows:
When a licensed professional engineer considers signing and sealing documents not prepared in his presence, the following conditions should apply:
We feel that NSPEs position is balanced between the need to provide companies with the flexibility to pursue offshoring in cases where it is warranted, while still addressing real concerns about such issues as responsible charge and national security.
Keep Uncle Sam Out
September 27, 2004