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CAP Plans Survey re: Barriers to Contracting with SMUD

The SMUD Community Advisory Panel (CAP) is planning a survey of member organizations in an effort to understand why more small businesses do not bid on SMUD Requests for Proposal and other contracts. The survey will ask questions designed to identify the barriers that prevent local small businesses from bidding...Click here to read entire CAP report. (PDF)

Division of Engineering Services - clean renewable energy bond projects

Installing $20 million in new solar energy systems throughout the state under the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Clean Renewable Energy Bond (CREB) program

Dear Contractor,
The following information is intended to help you better understand the scope and schedule of Caltrans projects prior to advertisement and to encourage you to submit bids. Please keep in mind the projects are still in the project development process and project information is subject to change. If you have questions regarding a project after it has been advertised, all questions should be directed through our bidder inquiry process.

The following is a list of license requirements for contractors bidding on CREB projects:

For more information, please click here. Clicking on "Contractor Outreach Information" link will provide you with the video and powerpoint information.

Matsui Secures $86.5 Million for Critical Sacramento Flood Protection Projects

House Passes FY 2010 Energy and Water Conference Report

WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the Conference Report for the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010, which will provide $86.5 million in federal funding for Sacramento flood protection projects, reflecting the priorities put forward by Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui (CA-05) on behalf of her constituents. The large infusion of federal funds will go a long way to increaseSacramento's protection against flooding as we move toward our goal of 200-year flood protection.  

"Sacramento is the most at-risk river city in the country. This funding bill clearly demonstrates that our flood protection projects are a national priority," stated Representative Matsui. "I have fought extremely hard for the last year to ensure these projects are fully funded, and am proud to announce that we have secured an additional $27 million more than last year. Especially at a time when state and local budgets are shrinking, it is imperative that federal money continues to flow into the region, and that we do not lose any time toward achieving our flood protection goals."

Rep. Matsui has been instrumental in making Sacramento flood protection a priority in Congress and securing federal funding for local projects. A long-time champion for Sacramento's flood protection priorities, Congresswoman Matsui believes that today's passage of the Energy and Water Conference Report is an important step in the right direction.  Rep. Matsui also acknowledges that there is still much work to be done to reach 200-year flood protection for the region. 

The Conference Report adopted today now goes to the Senate for final approval, and is anticipated to pass as early as next week. It will then be sent to President Obama to be signed into law.

The $86,584,000 for Sacramento flood priorities included in the Conference Report includes money for the following projects:

American River Watershed (Folsom Dam Modifications) - $63,016,000

The project involves construction of a 3,500-foot long auxiliary spillway having six submerged tainter gates at the existing Folsom Dam. The Joint Federal Project (JFP) meets the shared goal of a reduced risk of flooding in the Sacramento area in an expedited and cost-effective manner. When completed it will give much of Sacramento over 200-year level protection.

Sacramento River Bank Protection - $14,171,000

The project solves and prevents levee erosion problems while providing fish and wildlife mitigation features. The existing Sacramento River levees are constantly threatened by erosion and unless continued corrective measures are taken, levee failures may occur with catastrophic damage and possible loss of lives. 

American River Watershed (Common Features) - $6,330,000

The Common Features project consists of installation of slurry walls on the Lower American River levees, modification of the Sacramento River east levee in the Natomas Basin, installation of telemetering gages above Folsom, modification of the strengthening of levees, installation of a closure structure at Mayhew Drain and modification of Natomas Cross Canal Levees flood warning system.

Earlier this year, this project also received $14,000,000 in funding through the economic stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), supported by Rep. Matsui.

South Sacramento County Streams - $2,500,000 

The South Sacramento County Streams project includes channel and levee improvements, detention facilities, ecosystem restoration and recreation features which will protect Sacramento from high water from the Mokelumne-CosumnesRiver system, as well as the Morrison Creek watershed.

Earlier this year, this project also received $4,000,000 in funding through ARRA.

American River Watershed (Folsom Dam Raise) - $567,000 

The authorized Raise project consists of the selected 3.5 foot raise of Folsom Dam reservoir dikes, reconfiguring the Folsom Dam penstocks and the ecosystem restoration projects. 

Earlier this year, this project also received $3,000,000 in funding through ARRA.

To serve my constituents most effectively, I have dedicated a portion of my website to constituent e-mails.  To write me, please visit http://matsui.house.gov/email.asp.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces Recovery Assistance for Small and Disadvantaged Businesses

DOT’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization to Create New Bond Fee Reimbursement Program

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced $20 million in recovery funds to create the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Bonding Assistance Program, an initiative that will help small and disadvantaged businesses better compete for work on transportation projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  

Through this new program, which will be administered by the Department of Transportation’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), small and disadvantaged businesses can apply to be reimbursed for bonding premiums and fees incurred when competing for, or performing on, transportation infrastructure projects funded by ARRA.  The program will be especially helpful for businesses with traditionally less working capital than larger contractors.

“The Obama Administration is committed to doing all it can to help DBE’s realize the American dream and contribute to making our transportation systems even better,” said Secretary LaHood.  “These Recovery dollars will help level the playing field so these companies have the tools and resources they need to compete.”

OSDBU was created as part of the Small Business Act (SBA) to ensure that small and disadvantaged businesses are provided the best opportunity to participate in the agency's contracting process.  DOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program is intended to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts in the Department's highway, transit, airport, and highway safety financial assistance programs.  To be certified as a DBE, a firm must be a small business owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

For additional information on the new DBE Bonding Assistance Program, including more details on the application process, please visit http://www.dot.gov/recovery/ost/osdbu/index.htm