The Public Contracting Institute offers construction contracting courses. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) provides policies and procedures for preparing and processing contract modifications for many types of contracts including construction and architect-engineer contracts. FAR Part 36 prescribes policies and procedures peculiar to contracting for construction and architect-engineer services. It includes requirements for using certain clauses and standard forms that apply also to contracts for dismantling, demolition, or removal of improvements. The FAR may provide contracting officers with the government’s basic policy, and any requirements agencies must meet, any exceptions to the requirements, and any required or optional clauses to be included, or incorporated by reference, in the solicitation or contract.
The Davis-Bacon Act is a federal law that requires contractors and subcontractors to pay their laborers and mechanics employed under the contract no less than the locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits for corresponding work on similar projects in the area. The act applies to contractors and subcontractors performing work on federal or District of Columbia contracts, including construction, alteration, or repair of public buildings or public works. The act also applies to contracts for architect-engineer services. The U.S. Department of Labor is responsible for determining prevailing wages, issuing regulations and standards to be observed by federal agencies that award or fund projects subject to Davis-Bacon labor standards, and overseeing consistent enforcement of the Davis-Bacon labor standards. For prime contracts in excess of $100,000, contractors and subcontractors must also, under the provisions of the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act, as amended, pay laborers and mechanics, including guards and watchmen, at least one and one-half times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. The overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act may also apply to Davis-Bacon Act-covered contracts.
Below, you may find more information about the Public Contracting Institute’s construction contracting courses. We run courses on this topic a few times each year.