Richard J.A. Temple, PE
2015 FICE President
We encourage you to support our fundraising efforts to the fullest extent possible. FICE supports those candidates who believe that by investing in our infrastructure, roads, bridges, ports, schools and the environment—we will create a better Florida. FICE's PACs have been busy supporting pro-business candidates in both Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. Our Consulting Engineers Legislative Council (CELC) and Florida Engineers PAC (FEPAC) have contributed to 28 Florida Legislators in Tallahassee this election cycle. ACEC, our national organization, has contributed over $56,000 to pro-business legislators in Washington, D.C. who represent Florida. All of this is possible through the support of our members.
Let’s support those candidates who believe in a well-engineered Florida.
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** The following guidance comes from FICE legal counsel. Members should consult their own counsel if they have questions**
Public Records Request
To the extent possible, members should continue to produce the documents that are in their possession. If you are unable to do so at that exact time, you can have the person make an appointment at a later date and time. However, this time period should be extremely short to ensure you are promptly responding to the request. We would recommend writing down the request and asking the person to confirm that those are the records they are requesting in order to be sure they correct documents are produced. The requestor is not required to give his/her name or to put the request in writing. However, we believe it is reasonable to ask them to confirm that what you have written is the correct document.
Promptness is the key in avoiding any lawsuits on this issue.
FICE requests firms send an email to Samantha Hobbs, if you have received such a request and if you have been sued. This information will be used to aid in our legislative clarification actions.
2014 ACEC Fall Conference
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ACEC Florida Political Action Committee
ACEC/PAC, the nation’s only political organization looking out for engineering firms and their legislative interests, is only as strong as the number of ACEC members that support it.
Your involvement does make a difference.
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2014 PAC Legislative Priorities
Drawing to be held Friday, October 24
The Fall Raffle sold out. Thank you to all who participated.
FICE joins ZweigWhite to produce its annual Salary Survey
FICE is partnering with ZweigWhite again to produce the firms’ annual series of regional salary surveys. ZweigWhite’s 2015 Salary Survey of Northeast and South Atlantic Engineering Firms, 2015 Salary Survey of Central Engineering Firms, and the 2015 Salary Survey of Mountain & Pacific Engineering Firms are the most up to date and comprehensive surveys for engineering firms operating in these regions.
As in previous years, ACEC members participation in the survey is a key broad base of engineering firms nationwide. To encourage participation we are offering special pricing to members: $95 for members who participate and $295 for those who do not participate. This is a great way to support your association and get the information you need at a discount. It makes good sense to participate and save $200. The survey is available in PDF or online. The deadline to participate is
October 24, 2014.
EPA Releases Guidance for New QBS Mandate in WRRDA
ACEC worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to refine agency guidance for states in applying new Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) requirements for water projects. The guidance can be accessed here, and applies to projects funded on or after October 1.
The new QBS rules, which are included in the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA), direct states to use QBS for wastewater projects funded through the Clean Water Act State Revolving Fund (SRF) program. States have the option of following the federal Brooks Act or using an equivalent state procedure modeled after the federal law.
ACEC worked for many years to apply QBS to the SRF program, which is most often used by small and mid-sized communities for wastewater projects.
WRRDA included additional reforms advocated by the Council to enhance the SRF program, including expanding the list of eligible uses for SRF financing, extending repayment periods, and providing special financial assistance to communities facing major wastewater upgrades.
If you have any questions, contact ACEC Director of Environment & Energy Programs Keith Pemrick or 202-682-4354.