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About the American Subcontractors Association

American Subcontractors Association LogoFor over 44 years, subcontractors/suppliers have embraced American Subcontractors Association (Alexandria, VA) for their business solutions. Government advocacy, latest news, and announcements will continue to be a critical educational resource for ASA. Our chapter, in conjunction with other ASA chapters, and our national organization, is committed to offering the best education, industry liaison, and representation before government entities that can impact your business. Joining the right organization can really be a benefit, when you consider that ASA works exclusively for you. Our chapter meets in Santa Fe Springs, eight dinner meetings, which offers great speakers, educational material and networking. We also honor companies and individuals, for their achievements & commitments to the construction industry. The Awards Banquet, a prestigious event is held in October. Our golf tournament event in May supports the C.A.S.T. charity.

You work hard to be successful and you want a partner who listens to your needs. ASA is listening.

You Said,

“We need an effective advocate for public policies that help us compete more successfully, and to defeat ill-conceived policies that would negatively impact our businesses.”

ASA Listened.

At the national level:

• ASA is spearheading efforts before Congress to ensure that subcontractors and suppliers have the same payment rights on federal projects financed through public-private partnerships as they do on more traditional federal projects.

• ASA is helping to lead efforts to protect subcontractor payment on federal projects by curbing the use of individual surety bonds.

• ASA successfully advocated requiring federal agencies to make subcontractor payment an evaluative factor and to make public federal prime contractors’ “history of unjustified, untimely payments to subcontractors.”

• ASA secured enactment of a new law that requires federal prime contractors to explain to their federal contracting officers the reasons for which they did not “obtain the performance of construction work” from those small businesses whose bids or proposals they used “in preparing their bid on proposal.”

• ASA called on the Treasury Department to protect construction contractors from unknowingly submitting non-responsive bids on federal construction by providing public notice when a federal agency has notified a surety company that the agency may reject surety bonds underwritten by the company.

• ASA supported a Small Business Administration proposal designed to improve access to surety bonding for small construction contractors.

• ASA helped lead successful campaigns to repeal the 3 percent tax withholding requirement on public contracts and a requirement for businesses to massively increase their distribution of 1099 forms.

At the state level:

• ASA won a landmark case in California when a state appeals court’s ruling that custom pre-fabricators are subcontractors entitled to payment protections under California law.

• ASA celebrated a victory when a North Carolina appeals court agreed with ASA that lenders’ liens should not take priority over subcontractor liens.

• ASA won an important victory when the California Supreme Court chose not to review a court of appeals opinion that supports a contractor’s position that it should be able to rely on owner-provided information when serving statutorily required preliminary lien notices.

• ASA chapters in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas secured new laws limiting or assuring release of retainage.

• ASA chapters in Oklahoma and Texas successfully advocated for new laws assuring subcontractor payment protections on public-private partnerships.

• ASA chapters in Arkansas, California, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas celebrated the enactment of new laws that help subcontractors manage risk by limiting their liability and assuring that their insurance offers adequate protections.

• ASA chapters in Texas helped pass a law that curbs bid shopping by banning the use of electronic reverse auctions on public projects.

• ASA’s Maryland chapters successfully advocated for a new law to assure subcontractors that the surety bonds used to protect them on private work will be backed by real, cash assets that are “not overstated or fraudulent in nature.”

• ASA challenged an insurer’s denial of insurance coverage in a case before the Connecticut Supreme Court, arguing that insurance companies must deliver what they promise in their commercial general liability policies.

• ASA and ASA of Ohio asked a state appeals court to reverse a trial court’s decision that, if allowed to stand, would allow general contractors to effectively waive their subcontractors’ lien rights without the subcontractors’ agreement.

• ASA asked the Missouri Supreme Court to overturn an appeals’ court’s decision that could dramatically diminish the value of subcontractors’ lien claims.

• ASA asked the Supreme Court of Minnesota to uphold the state’s anti-indemnity law, enacted to help protect construction firms from being forced to pay for damage caused by others on construction projects.

You Said,

“We need help negotiating better subcontracts.”

ASA Listened.

As a leader of the ConsensusDocs coalition, ASA helped develop and disseminate contract language reflecting industry best practices throughout the construction industry, including to leading general contractors. ASA also recognized contractors that implement industry best practices, including superior contract language and positive relationships with subcontractors, with the first-ever ASA National Construction Best Practices Awards. Furthermore, ASA provided members with access to:

A suite of ASA model bid conditions and model contract addenda for members to choose from depending on the bidding or negotiation scenario (e.g., a proprietary subcontract that needs extensive revision, a contractor that will only accept a limited number of changes, a project with a consolidated insurance program).

A set of tools to keep key rights from being negated by “fine print” when submitting paperwork for change orders, lien or bond waivers, payment applications, and schedule approvals. Members can print these model disclaimers on Avery 5163 (or equivalent) sticker stock.

Downloadable white papers and audio podcasts covering all major, essential contract provisions such as payment and change orders. Each resource models at least one practical solution that a subcontractor could implement to reduce risk.

You Said,

“We need help staying on top of trends that are changing staff training and education needs.”

ASA Listened.

ASA provided feature articles on critical management topics ranging from surety bonding to taxes and worker classification in the quarterly educational journal, The Contractor’s Compass. The e-zine format of the journal makes it easy to share articles with others in your company.

ASA published audio podcasts and on-demand videos on topics like how to protect your company against bid shopping, and against potential cost overruns and excessive risk related to unanticipated, differing site conditions.

The Foundation of ASA provided members with free access to downloadable industry research reports on topics like prefabrication and modularization, evolving surety markets and more.