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--> Appendix A The Forum Sponsors The Business Roundtable The Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers who examine public issues that affect the economy and develop positions that seek to reflect sound economic and social principles. Established in 1972, the Roundtable was founded in the belief that business executives should take an increased role in the continuing debates about public policy. The Business Roundtable's construction function—its only industry-specific activity—fulfills a unique role in U.S. industry. It is the only organized effort by purchasers of construction that works to improve the industry's safety, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. In doing so, it also serves as a balance wheel between major purchasers of construction services and the union and nonunion sectors of the industry. The size of Roundtable member companies, and the breadth of the industries they represent, make it possible for the Roundtable to perform this role. Further information on The Business Roundtable is available on the Internet at http://www.brtable.org. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), manages the planning, design, and construction of facilities for U.S. Navy activities around the world. NAVFAC provides, manages, and maintains public works, family housing, and public utilities for the Department of the Navy. It also acquires and disposes of Department of the Navy real estate, and is the program manager for Navy bachelor housing. NAVFAC provides technical, engineering, and program management support to expedite the realignment, closure, and transfer of naval bases. NAVFAC manages all shoreside environmental projects and programs, and through its field divisions and centers, provides technical expertise to support the Navy's environmental initiatives and to interface with numerous legislative and regulatory agencies. Further information on the Naval Facilities Engineering Command is available on the Internet at http://www.navy.mil/homepages/navfac.
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--> The Federal Facilities Council The Federal Facilities Council (FFC) is a cooperative association of federal agencies having interests and responsibilities related to all aspects of federal facility design, construction, operation, and management. FFC's mission is to identify and advance technologies, processes, and management practices that improve the planning, design, construction, maintenance, management, operation, and evaluation of facilities. Established in 1953, FFC operates under the auspices of the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment of the National Research Council (NRC). NRC is the operating agency of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, congressionally chartered, private nonprofit corporations. Further information on FFC and its parent organizations is available on the Internet at http://www2.nas.edu/ffc.
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