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Volume 3, Issue 44
February 29, 2012
Outsourcing of garbage, recycling services results
in cost reductions for many cities, counties
Mary Scott NabersHere's an interesting trend that is truly sweeping the country - the outsourcing of garbage and recycling services.

 

Cities and counties have found large cost reductions by outsourcing solid waste and recycling services. Studies show an average 30 percent reduction in total costs when a private sector firm takes over waste management, recycling and garbage collection. Some municipalities are saving millions of dollars while upgrading collection technology and improving service for local citizens.

 

In New Jersey, 70 percent of the state's municipalities have privatized trash and recycling services. South Orange, Morristown and Maplewood are the most recent cities to outsource these services and each is expecting about a $750,000 savings in the first year.

 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Water infrastructure needs climb
Oklahoma may sell properties
$500M in federal grants available
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming contracting opportunities
Who's winning the contracts?
News about P3s
Odds & ends
Where are they now?
People
Calendar of events
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Nation's water infrastructure needs climbing steadily

 

Report says repair, expansion needs could top $1 trillion over next 25 years

Water WoesOver the next 25 years, estimates are that the cost of repairing and expanding drinking water infrastructure in the United States will top $1 trillion. The American Water Works Association (AWWA) recently released a report that showed that most of the infrastructure needs nationwide are evenly split between replacement and expansion needs.

 

Local governments are charged with ensuring a reliable water source for their communities, with that water used for public health protection, fire protection, economic support for local business and industry and to ensure a high quality of life. And many of those local governments will face water systems with pipes that have finally reached an age at which they need to be replaced. "The dawn of an era in which the assets will need to be replaced puts a growing stress on communities that will continue to increase for decades to come," states the report.

 

David LaFrance
David LaFrance

AWWA Executive Director David LaFrance said the water infrastructure needs are "not insurmountable," but added that the country owes it to future generations "to confront the infrastructure challenge today."

 

The AWWA report notes that pipe replacement and system expansions will be two of the major needs. And these needs are driven by pipes and systems that have outlived their life expectancy as well as additional needs caused by population growth and migration. Different areas of the country will also have different needs over the next 25-40 years. The report indicates that the South and West will have the biggest investments to be made, with the needs of those areas making up half of the national total. On the other hand, the Northeast and Midwest have seen their population move away from regions in those areas, leaving a different kind of challenge - fewer customers to share the cost of renewed infrastructure.

 

The report predicts that the investment in water infrastructure will likely double from the approximately $13 billion per year of 2010 to almost $30 billion per year by the 2040s just for replacement costs. Government entities will be prioritizing their needs and looking for revenue sources to help with their infrastructure needs, opening the door for the possibility of public-private partnerships and other innovative financing proposals that can help fill their needs long term.

 

Oklahoma could sell properties for new revenue source

 

Bill would allow state to sell unneeded property to create maintenance fund 

T.W. Shannon
T.W. Shannon

A bill that will allow the state to sell some of its unneeded property - the state currently has more than 9,000 buildings and properties - and turn the sale proceeds into a new revenue source for maintaining other state buildings has passed out of the Oklahoma House state budget committee and will now go to the full House for consideration. Rep. T. W. Shannon's legislation applies to both buildings and land and will create a fund for maintaining and repairing other state properties and buildings.

 

The legislation also requires the state's long-range capital plan to that will list state buildings by rank regarding their maintenance needs. The money in the newly created fund would then be allocated on a priority basis to the buildings and properties that have the greatest need for upgrades and for maintenance purposes.

 

Public-Private Partnerships

Federal grant funding made available to higher education

 

Community colleges will have $500 million available for training

Federal grants totaling approximately $500-million were recently announced for job-training programs at community colleges this year throughout the country. The funds are part of a $2 billion program that was approved two years ago, with the funds to be appropriated over four years. Labor officials are pointing to the partnership between community colleges and businesses to ensure an adequately trained workforce for emerging high-demand industries. More information on the grant program and how to apply for funds is available on the Labor Department's Web site

 

Headlines from around the nation

 

Jackson MDOT to take back roads

 

Stalled hotel project set to resume
 

(To view these stories, click here and look under "Around the Nation.")

 

Upcoming education opportunities

 

James Barker
James Barker

Architects chosen for Clemson University's Charleston Center

Allied Works Architecture and e.e. fava architects, etc. have been chosen for the architectural and design work on a permanent home for Clemson University's preservation programs in Charleston. The facility will be approximately 31,000 square feet and three stories. Located in the city's historic district, the new facility will be named after Countess Alicia Spaulding Paolozzi, following a generous gift from the Paolozzi Foundation. "This new facility will allow us to expand the academic offerings of the Clemson Architecture Center, which has been there for a quarter of a century, and our collaboration with the College of Charleston on our joint graduate program in historic preservation," said Clemson president James F. Barker. The price tag for the new building is expected to be $10 million. It will include classroom space, offices for faculty, design studios, library facilities, rooms for exhibits, lectures, community activities, garden area and outdoor spaces.

 

Pennsylvania school district studies outsourcing facilities management

An RFP has been issued by The School District of Philadelphia for proposals from outside vendors to provide facilities management services throughout the district. A contract could include hundreds of district-owned buildings. The proposal for outsourcing is one way The District is looking to cut costs. Officials say the building management will include approximately 400 buildings and 10 million square feet of space. The RFP seeks vendors who will provide cost-savings in custodial, maintenance and grounds services that will include cleaning to snow removal. Although no final decision on outsourcing has been made, the RFPs will give The District a better idea of potential cost savings and whether outsourcing would be advantageous. The District is still looking for ways to cut tens of millions of dollars from its cash-strapped budget. If officials choose outsourcing, the services would be expected to begin in July of next year.

 

Neil Abercrombie
Neil Abercrombie

Hawaii schools to benefit from $49M in state capital improvement funds

Hawaii schools will benefit from part of the nearly $49 million in state capital improvement funds for construction projects at schools, public libraries and other state facilities. Gov. Neil Abercrombie recently announced the release of the funds. Included in the allocation is $15 million for the upgrade of science facilities in high schools throughout the state. The funds also include $1 million for removing hazardous materials at public schools to make sure they comply with federal standards. In addition, funding of $4.8 million for public libraries statewide will be part of the total, as will $1.1 million for the design of a new public library in Nanakuli.

 

Michigan school district seeks to upgrade lighting other components

The Yale, Michigan, school district has been approved by the federal government for up to $2 million in funding through Quality Zone Academy Bonding. The funds would be used to upgrade lighting and other components of the Yale Junior High School. The program allows the school district to pay off the principal of the bond through the energy savings and the interest paid for by the federal government. Making buildings more energy efficient is estimated to generate a savings of $50,000 to $80,000 per year. The board of education will now have to review companies seeking to oversee the projects. That firm would then help the district review bids to make sure the district is getting the best deal.

 

Eli Capilouto
Eli Capilouto

University of Kentucky considering dormitory proposal

The University of Kentucky is studying a proposal to partner with a Tennessee-based company that builds and manages houses. Under the terms of the proposal, the private sector firm would build and manage a 600-bed, $26 million dorm under a 50-year lease. It could lead to a long-term relationship that also will replace nearly 6,000 dorm beds and add an additional 3,000. UK President Eli Capilouto said the university has "excess demand," pointing out that each year some 4,000 students seek the 600 residence hall beds considered to be most modern. The new dorms with modern technology help the university with recruitment as well as contributing to student success. 

 

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New Mexico county says yes to necessity for building new jail

The Eddy County, New Mexico, Commission has voted to build a new jail, but many of the final decisions regarding its size, the cost and what other agencies will be housed there are still up for debate. The sheriff's department is currently housed in the courthouse basement. The commission voted to pursue the purchase of land and for the county manager to appoint a project manager. Officials will also look into the option of hiring an architect to design the building or the option of design-build, where a construction firm has its own architect on staff. After touring Lea County's new facilities, officials said that facility could, with some modifications, be a pattern for the Eddy County proposed facility.

  

Sacramento announces tentative deal to finance new arena

A tentative deal has been announced that will keep the Kings of the National Basketball Association in Sacramento. A new arena for the team is in the future after a deal was announced this week for financing the arena. The plan is expected to be blessed by the Sacramento City Council at a March 6 meeting. The plan provides for the city to pony up $200 million to $250 million of the estimated $367 million cost for the facility. The owners of the team and the arena operate will pay the difference. If the plan is approved for the arena, officials hope to have it completed and open for the 2015-16 NBA season.

 

City in Minnesota moving forward with community green space

River Front Park
River Front Park

River Front Park, a new community green space and gathering place for residents of Anoka, Minnesota, is moving a step closer to construction. Although the concept for the park was approved a year ago, only last week did the City Council agree to order the first phase of the part by approving moving forward on plans and specifications. Those plans are not likely to be approved until November, and construction is expected to start in April of next year. The first phase is expected to be funded through federal grant money and will includes an eight-foot-wide concrete trailway, grading, park utilities, three river overlooks, rain gardens, irrigation system, lighting, a boat docking system, canoe landing and signage. A federal transportation grant of $760,000 will be used for costs related to the trailway. The cost of phase one is estimated at about $1.1 million. Officials hope the park will help increase recreational, commercial and residential opportunities along the Rum River. The project will take several years to complete and will be done in phases as time and money allow. Total costs currently are estimated at $4.3 million.

 

Connecticut city seeks developer for historic landmark

City officials in Norwich, Connecticut, have approved issuing an RFP for developers interested in redeveloping the former Reid & Hughes department store in the downtown area of the city. Officials expect the project will costs approximately $5 million. The city has claimed ownership of the building for the last 20 years and only recently decided to seek developers to restore the building instead of demolishing it. A feasibility study was conducted and in January, city officials heard that report that recommended a $6.8 million renovation that would include creating 21 apartment units and a 2,800 square foot retail space at the more than 130-year-old building.

 

Indian Health Service seeking proposals for lease of building

The Indian Health Services in Yuma, Arizona, is seeking proposals from owners or brokers for a building lease for temporary relocation of its Fort Yuma ambulatory health clinic. The facility will provide primary care, dental, optometry and ancillary services for Indian Health Service beneficiaries in Yuma and Imperial counties. The facility should include 16,000 square feet.

 

North Carolina city looking at $10M in wastewater upgrades

Brad Cornwell
Brad Cornwell

Officials in Shelby, North Carolina, are anticipating a couple of new projects related to environmental regulations that are likely to have to be started up this year. The wastewater treatment plant needs major upgrades that are expected to cost between $8 million and $10 million. The upgrades would help the city meet permit regulations and implementation of the city's Phase II storm water permit. Brad Cornwell, the city's public utilities director, said parts of the plant are more than 40 years old and changes will have to be made by Aug. 1, 2016, to be permitted. Cornwell indicated city officials will have to move well in advance of that deadline for designs and analysis to be completed, the project to be reviewed and approved by the state and then go through the bidding and construction process. City officials over the next several months are expected to put a plan together that includes possible financing options. That plan will then have to be approved by City Council members. 

 

$2.7 million pedestrian, bike bridge proposed for city in Ohio

A $2.7 million pedestrian and bike bridge that will span I-675 is being planned by the city of Beavercreek, Ohio. The project will be paid for with a $2.5 million grant from the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and with $460,000 from city funds. Wright State University will contribute $70,000 and Clark State University will throw in another $20,000. Work is expected to begin in 2014. The North Fairfield Road bridge is often used by pedestrians and bicyclists, but there is little room for them and motor vehicles.

 

Who's winning government contracts?

 

Check out these recent awards:

  • Coastal International Security won a contract worth up to $3.5 million from the Department of Homeland Security for utilities and housekeeping services.
  • Mar-Con, LLC was awarded at $1.6 million contract by the Shoreacres, Texas, City Council for street and drainage work to begin March 5.
  • EDC Consulting won a contract worth up to $14 million from the Army for information technology services, including telecommunications services.
  • McDonald Construction Co. has been awarded a contract for a little over $13.4 million for construction of a larger Evans Elementary School in Columbia County, Georgia.
  • Northrop Grumman Systems won a contract worth up to $3.5 million from the Air Force for research and development.
  • Custom Lighting Services  won a $2.4 million contract from the Wyoming Transportation Commission to install electronic equipment on I-80 and state Highway 28 to broadcast road, weather and traffic information.
  • Sunshine Lindbergh won a contract worth up to $4.3 million from the General Services Administration for lease or rental of facilitates.
  • KBR Building Group, LLC, was awarded a $24,655,367 contract from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte for construction of a residence hall.
  • DiRAD Technologies, Inc. has been awarded a five-year contract by the State of New Jersey for hosted Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and Notification Systems to be procured by state agencies, schools, municipalities and counties.  
  • BS Environmental won a contract worth up to $2.2 million from the Air Force for maintenance, repair and rebuilding of equipment.

News about public-private partnerships (P3)

 

Backup water supply problems in Ohio turn to P3 solution

The backup water problems at Mountain State Carbon in Ohio was recently solved through a partnership between the company and the city of Follansbee. The two worked together to install a higher-efficiency pump and filter, which officials described as a "cost-effective and timely solution" to their problem. Water is essential to Mountain State's business and safe operation and when river water was not usable because of turbidity, additional water had to be trucked in. Mountain State officials said using the equipment one time paid for itself.

 

The water is necessary to generate the steam needed to operate. Pumps were upgraded and the city spent about $42,000 for related improvements. The city was thus able to meet the needs of the business and still maintain the levels needed to serve its residential customers. And the upgrades resulted in a nearly brand new pumping system for the city. Mountain State was looking at having to replace a water pipe on a railroad bridge between Steubenville and the plant, at a cost of several hundred thousand dollars. This public-private partnership resulted in a cost to the company of less than $24,000.

 

The company pays a significant portion of the city's tax base and about $350,000 annually in business and occupation taxes.

 

Chicago Transit Board looking for initiatives including P3s

Forrest Claypool
Forrest Claypool

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Board will hire financial advisors to look for innovative, alternative financing schemes to help invest in its future transit projects. With capital project needs in the neighborhood of $5 billion for the Red Line, the CTA is looking for innovative ways to finance them, including public-private partnerships, that will open up new revenue sources for those projects.

 

Calling traditional federal, state and local funding "uncertain," CTA President Forrest Claypool said those sources "may be insufficient to meet our needs within the next several years." The modernization of the Red and Purple Lines, known as Red-Purple Modernization, and extension of the Red Line from 95th Street terminal south to 130th Street are among the projects.

 

In considering public-private partnerships, the CTA could be looking at transit-oriented development and new revenue not dependent on fares.

 

Odds & ends

 

Some contracting opportunities from across the country

 

Maine

  • The Bureau of Motor Vehicles is seeking proposals to provide a Document Management System. The contract will result in document management software implementation and related training.
  • The Bureau of General Services, Property Management Division, is seeking proposals to provide a plan for preventive maintenance/emergency service for large boilers in the Augusta, Hallowell & Vassalboro area. The resulting contract will provide for annual equipment cleaning and 24 hour/seven day-a-week on-call service with a response time of one hour at the locations.
  • The Office of the State Treasurer is issuing a Request for Proposals for branch deposit banking services.

 Kansas

  • Wichita State University is seeking bids for roof replacement for the Coleman Tennis Complex Building.
  • The State of Kansas Department of Administration is seeking bids for adding a fire sprinkler system to Building B at the Rainbow Mental Health Facility in Kansas City.

Texas

  • The University of Houston is seeking bids from custodial service providers for campus-wide custodial services during emergencies and events at the University of Houston Main Campus.
  • The University of Texas at Austin is seeking a vendor to provide online education services related to college readiness materials and entry-level college courses.
  • The Texas Department of Public Safety is seeking a vendor to provide labor and materials to replace the Cleburne, Texas, driver's license office composition roofing and the associated roofing accessories. 

New York State

  • The New York State Office of General Services is seeking bids for supply and installation of fire hoses throughout the Empire State Plaza and Harriman Campus Facilities, both in Albany.
  • The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office, Office of Emergency Management is seeking bids for a firm to provide Disaster Relief Services to supplement the department's staff in the event of an emergency or disaster, including program managers, a state public assistance coordinator, a state project officer, public assistance specialists, program assistant, administrative assistant and data entry clerk.

 Pennsylvania

  • The Pennsylvania Historical Commission is seeking a contractor to provide all labor and materials, tools and equipment and the performance of all operations and services necessary to complete exterior carpentry repairs, painting and gutter work on the County Store and Visitors Center at the Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster County.
  • The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is looking for 10,000-12,000 net usable square feet of new or existing retail space for a new store in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.
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Where are they now?

 Are you a government official who has moved into a new position or to a new agency? Did you recently retire? Were you recently named to an executive-level position at a state-supported college, university or community college? Have you secured a new job as superintendent of a public school? If so, we'd like to hear from you - and so would your friends and colleagues - for our "Where Are They Now" column. Just drop us a line at editor@spartnerships.com and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature David Agnew.

 

David Agnew
David Agnew

David Agnew earned his bachelor's degree from Erskine College and his master's degree from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was a businessman and community leader in Charleston, South Carolina, before entering the public sector and serving as top deputy to Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. He was a special assistant in the office of U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reigh and worked in President Bill Clinton's administration. He has also worked in the private sector as a management consultant for Price Waterhouse's International Privatization Group. Agnew was hired in 2009 as deputy director of intergovernmental affairs for the White House. He was recently promoted to serve as deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and director of intergovernmental affairs in the Obama administration. In his new role, Agnew will oversee the administration's relationship with state, county, local and tribal officials across the country.

 

Opportunity of the week...

 

A Texas school district will release an RFP for an estimated $1.045 million elementary school gym. A competitive sealed bid process for renovation projects at an elementary and high school in the district has also been approved. Want to know more? Contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900 or rweil@spartnerships.com.

 

People

 

Stanley LoweGene ChristianBrian DarmodyStanley Lowe (top left), former chief of public housing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been named the sole finalist for the position of executive director of the Galveston Housing Authority. Robert E. "Gene" Christian (top middle), a former district attorney who was named director of the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs in 2006, has announced his retirement. University of Maryland Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development Brian Darmody (top right) has been named University Director of Corporate Relations, to help coordinate corporate outreach and develop additional corporate partnerships in support of the university's capital campaign. Todd Weidman, battalion chief in Osceola County, Florida, has been chosen the new fire chief in La Marque, Texas, replacing former Chief Larry Damrell. David Ellis, who has worked in Fairfax County, Virginia, since 1990 and has been assistant to the county executive for the last eight years, will now serve as assistant city manager for the city of Charlottesville. Cincinnati State Technical and Community College has selected David Hickey, who was most recently chief information officer for Mason City Schools, as the new vice president for technology/chief information officer. Mark Vickery (middle Mark VickeryBarbara WoodleeJonathan Womerright), executive director The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, has announced his retirement at the end of May, ending a 25-year career in state government. Barbara W. Woodlee (middle center), who has worked at Kennebec Valley Community College since 1976 when she started as director of adult education, has agreed to delay her announced retirement to stay on as president. Jonathan Womer (middle left), deputy director for management in the Office of State Budget and Management for the state of North Carolina, has been named as the state's new chief information officer, replacing Gerald "Jerry" Fralick. Ed Halpin, president and CEO of the South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Co., which manages the nuclear plant near Bay City, has accepted a position at San Francisco-based Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and will head the company's nuclear program. Adam Chapdelaine, a city native and former city administrator, has been promoted to the top job in Arlington, Massachusetts, as its town manager, replacing Brian Sullivan, who retired. Dr. Maureen Murphy, president of San Jacinto College South in Houston, will become the first Xavier De La TorreVan HitchMarcia Somerswoman to head Brookdale Community College in New Jersey, after recently being named president. Xavier De La Torre (bottom left), current superintendent of the Socorro Independent School District in El Paso, has been chosen as Santa Clara (California) County's new Superintendent of Schools. Van Hitch (bottom center), former CIO at the U.S. Department of Justice, is headed to the private sector where he will be in an audit, consulting and financial advisory firm's federal practice as a senior advisor to federal clients and CIOs. Marcia Somers (bottom right), assistant town manager of Danville, California, has been selected to serve as the new Los Altos city manager, effective in April. Dr. Sam Conn, vice president for information technology and director of online learning at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, has been selected as the new chief information officer for Southern Polytechnic State University. Clovis City Manager Rob Woolley has announced the appointment of Lee Kraft as the new Fire Chief, replacing former Fire Chief Rick Bennett, who retired last year. Thomas Sullivan, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Minnesota until January of this year, has been named president of the University of Vermont.

 

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WIR Conference set for May 16-18 in Santa Fe County, N.M.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) will hold its 2012 Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference on May 16-18 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The WIR Conference focuses on public lands and other issues critical to the western region of the United States. This year's conference will feature Dr. Lowell Catlett, a regent's professor/dean and chief administrative officer at New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Catlett's knowledge of technologies and their implications on the way Americans live and work is addressed in his upbeat presentations. To learn more about the conference, click here. To register, click here.

 

Associated General Contractors set date of March 13-17 for convention

The Associated General Contractors of America Annual Convention will be held March 13-17 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Among the speakers for the event are: John Hofmeister, founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy and former president of Shell Oil Co.; Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President George W. Bush; Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (Ret.), former commanding officer of the USS Cole when it came under a suicide terrorist attack in Yemen; and Daniel Burrus, one of the world's leading technology forecasters and business strategists and founder of a research and consulting firm. Attendees will hear about the latest on industry trends, regulations and best practices. To register, click here. To view the convention schedule, click here.

 

NASCIO conference registration begins soon; sponsors sought

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) will host its 2012 Midyear Conference on May 8-11 in Baltimore. The theme for this year's conference is "Navigating IT Challenges." Registration will begin Feb. 9, with early bird rates offered through March 27. Sponsorships are available at www.nascio.org/events/2012Midyear/sponsor.cfm. Contact Shawn Vaughn, NASCIO membership and communications coordinator, at svaughn@amrms.com. 

 

Contingency Planning, Management Conference set in D.C. in April

Ralph Boelter, assistant director of the FBI Counterterrorism Division, will be among the keynote speakers at the Contingency Planning and Management Conference that is planned for April 2-4 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The conference and expo promise in-depth conference sessions focused on key issues central to continuity of operations (COOP), business continuity, emergency management and risk assessment. Among the session tracks for the conference are contingency planning and management, critical infrastructure protection, cyber terrorism and cybercrime, counter terrorism and network-centric security. The accompanying expo will feature exhibitors with resources and solutions to support government and private industry maintenance of critical infrastructure and services of use during weather, terrorism and other challenges. For more information, click here.

 

NABE Economic Policy Conference dates announced for March 25-27

The National Association for Business Economics (NABE) 2012 Economic Policy Conference is slated for March 25-27, 2012, at the Marriott Crystal Gateway in Arlington, VA. Theme for the conference is "From Crisis Management to Long-Term Renewal," and will focus on how best to address immediate policy challenges - sluggish economic growth, high unemployment and spiraling deficits - in the context of the nation's obligations to tackle fiscal imbalances, maintain competitiveness and adequately invest in education, energy and infrastructure. There is an early bird discount for early registration by Jan. 31. Among the numerous speakers are FedEx CEO Fred Smith and Doug Elmendorf, Congressional Budget Office director. To view the agenda, click here. For information on registration, click here.

 

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