LAS VEGAS - The ASA puts up a good case for being a member in an address by ASA president Gerry Martin at the group's annual convention.

LAS VEGAS - The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) puts up a good case for being a member in an address by ASA president Gerry Martin at the group's annual convention held here in March.

"If not ASA, then who?" Martin asks rhetorically. He adds that ASA takes its job of being an advocate for the industry very seriously.

"Who would go to Capitol Hill and walk the halls of Congress to reform the procurement process by making sure subcontractors' bids aren't shopped and we don't lose opportunities of contract bundling?

"Who would file lawsuits in landmark court cases for subcontractors?

"Who would ensure that construction education does not leave out subcontractors?

"Who would defend subcontractors against the level of risk transfer we see in the industry?"

ASA over the past year, according to Martin, successfully lobbied for changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation that closed a loophole in federal prompt pay rules. ASA added key cosponsors to the anti-bid shopping bill, HR 1859, including procurement specialists in Congress. And ASA's Subcontractors Legal Defense Fund won a case in New York ensuring the ability of subcontractors to make claims for delay damages.