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CDBG LABOR STANDARDS. What is the Davis-Bacon Act?. Outlines labor standards for federal projects Includes all contracts > $2K involving federal funds Provides minimum wages by position Ensures minimum pay & other labor standards are enforced at work site.

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What is the Davis-Bacon Act?

  • Outlines labor standards for federal projects

  • Includes all contracts > $2K involving federal funds

  • Provides minimum wages by position

  • Ensures minimum pay & other labor standards are enforced at work site

Labor Standards

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Steps to Complying with Davis-Bacon Labor Standards

  • Request for Wage Rates

  • Request for Contractor Clearance

  • Notice of Contract Action

  • Preconstruction Conference

  • Payroll Submission and Review

Labor Standards

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Request for Wage Determination

  • Submit request to Pam Truitt at DCA

  • 30 days prior to advertising for contract bids

  • Wage rates, posters and Notice of Contract Action form will be sent to you

  • Wage rates must be a part of the bid package

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Request for Contractor Clearance

  • Form can be mailed, e-mailed or faxed to Pam Truitt

  • Ensures that contractor is not on Federal Debarred list

  • Contractor must be cleared before entering into a contract

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Notice of Contract Action

  • Must be submitted to DCA twice

    • First Time - When contract is awarded

  • Verify that the appropriate Wage Decision was used

    • Second Time - When construction begins

      • Field Reps will schedule formal labor review after form has been submitted

  • Construction drawdowns will be withheld if not submitted

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Preconstruction Conference

  • Mandatory, conducted by your grant administrator with the contractor

  • Held prior to the start of construction

  • Outlines contractor & subcontractor responsibilities, project timelines, logistics, etc.

  • Explains Davis-Bacon, other applicable laws & contract provisions

  • Notify your CDBG Field Rep of place and time

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Wage Decision & Posters

  • A copy of both must be posted on the Job Site

  • Employees must be able to view

  • Protect from the weather

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  • Contractors must submit all payrolls to grant recipient

  • Must include the name, address and last 4 digits of SSN of each worker the first time they appear

  • Every payroll must

    • list the worker’s classification, which must match the Wage Decision document

    • include the hourly rate of pay

    • be numbered, with the last payroll labeled “Final Payroll”

    • be certified by the owner, officer or designee of the construction company

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Job Site Interviews

  • Have to be conducted on representative # of workers in each classification

  • Interview responses should be checked against Wage Decision and payrolls


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Common Pitfalls

  • Failure to obtain a wage determination prior to solicitation for bids

  • Not obtaining Contractor Clearance before entering into a contract

  • Payrolls not submitted on a weekly basis

  • Payroll job classifications not matching wage decision classifications

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Contact Information

Pam Truitt, Grants Consultant

Phone: (404) 679-5240

E-Mail: [email protected]

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