Thursday, November 11, 2010

Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage Compliance

Many public agencies and contractors are being faced for the first time with unraveling the complexities of managing compliance with federal Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements.  Below are two different approaches: training and outsourcing.


When:  Wednesday, November 17, 2010 (11:00 a.m. Pacific Time - for 90 minutes)

Information and Registration:  Click here.


Faced with monitoring Davis-Bacon federal prevailing wage requirements on four upcoming capital construction projects, the Seattle School District has decided to manage compliance with Davis-Bacon requirements not with their own staff, but by outsourcing the compliance function.  The school district has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to obtain the services of an outside firm to manage Davis-Bacon compliance.

Duties of the selected firm will include:
  • Working with the District's project managers to assure compliance with Davis-Bacon
  • Construction monitoring, including reviewing and overseeing contractors' payroll compliance, checking and documentation, and closeout
  • Ensuring that all legal requirements for contractor forms, logs, rates, etc. have been met and submitted to federal agencies and the District's project manager
The RFP is available on the Builders Exchange website (  Click on "Posted Projects," "Goods and Services," and "Seattle Public Schools Goods and Services."


I've been approached by one public agency recently about developing and providing training for their staff on federal Davis-Bacon prevailing wage monitoring and compliance.  It's a class I may be developing soon.  Please contact me if this is something you would be interested in having me present for your agency, or at a class with staff from different agencies.

Mike Purdy's Public Contracting Blog (© 2010 by Michael E. Purdy Associates)

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