Ike's Thoughts August 10, 2018 Print

Executive Director's Report

Are you A Supporter?  If you are a member who has paid your dues, you are a supporter of the ASA of Metro Washington mission of “Better Construction Through Fair Construction”, but there are additional opportunities for members and non-members to support our efforts in the coming weeks.  For instance:

  1. Crab Feast Fundraiser/Silent Auction is WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29thYour support is needed to ensure ASAMW continues providing protections for subcontractors with the legislative and regulatory bodies in DC, MD and VA. Everyone likes crabs – or at least the experience at a Crab Feast – hammering away at delectable crustaceans with your friends in the construction industry.  Valuable items will be up for auction, with all proceeds going to the Advocacy Fund.  The fundraising part is fun and more importantly, we depleted our Advocacy Fund in 2018, so we need the funds.  We use this money to influence the lawmakers in DC, Annapolis and Richmond to pass legislation that improves your lives as subcontractors.  Your registration payment, as well as the income received from the auction will go toward ASAMW’s Advocacy Fund.  Register here for a fun time and to support your legislative efforts.   Camelot by Martin’s (Across from Six Flags) in Upper Marlboro, MD is a cool and beautiful location for this event.  Bring your whole team.  Please register early.

If you cannot be at the Crab Feast, you can still support ASA’s Advocacy activities. Click here to donate to the Advocacy Fund.  

  1. ASAMW Fall Golf Tournament ASAMW is known for holding some of the top golf tournaments in the DMV. You are sure to experience a fun event with lots of prizes and challenges, while enjoying the Fall weather with ASAMW members and guests.  It is sure to be a sell-out, so register early for this event.  Golf Sponsorships are another way to support our mission and to gain exposure for your company.  Click here to see the sponsorships that are available.  

Find Out if a GC Has been Paid – You can check to see if your prime contractor has been paid on Department of Government Services work in DC or in Virginia:

In DC, click here to access DGS’s payment page.

In Virginia, Click here for an unpublished site that lists procurements on construction for the Commonwealth.  Here is an additional site that include payments made by the Commonwealth.

The Virginia payment pages are not on a public Website yet, but the eProcurement (eVA) Director made them available to us.  All Subcontractors are to be paid within SEVEN DAYS after the prime has been paid.  Be sure to demand prompt payment.

Are You Committing Fraud Without Knowing it?  Find out on September 11th.  If you think a few little white lies are no big deal on an insurance application or payment certification then attend this presentation to learn about the fines and jail time you could get.  Join an expert panel from Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and ASAMW on September 11th at the Tower Club in Tysons Corner to learn how to prevent fraud in your company. This program will cover accounting, banking, insurance, bonding, and government contracting. Click here for more information, and to register today!

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Welcome New Members

  • Jeff Hixon is WAMACSA Construction Safety Professional of the Year – ASAMW Member Early, Cassidy and Schilling announces that our own Jeff Hixon is this 2018 award from the Washington Metropolitan Area Construction Safety Association.

  • Can You Help ASA Grow? – Do you know another Subcontractor who would benefit from membership in ASA? If so, just complete this short form or reply to this email with the contact name, phone number and email address.  We will take it from there.  Not sure if they are a member?  No worries, submit their information anyway.

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Advocacy Issues


  • Virginia – Do you see “right of offset” language in your subcontracts similar to this: “Contractor may withhold amounts otherwise due under this Subcontract or due
    under any other contractual arrangement between the parties. . .”
    We feel this should not be enforceable.  What do you think?

  • District of Columbia – The Alliance for Construction Excellence will be meeting with DC Council Member Elisa Silverman to discuss concerns about First Source, Apprenticeship and the Paid Family Leave Act that will become effective on July 1, 2019. If you are interested in attending, please reply to this email.

  • Maryland – ASAMW is part of a group led by Karen Barbour making sure Maryland State Agencies are including the provisions of the Change Order law into their regulations. The Maryland Stadium Authority was contacting last week when we found out that they were not in compliance.


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