What is the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA)?
Enacted in 1931, the DBA is intended to protect communities and workers from the economic disruption caused by competition arising from non-local contractors coming into an area and obtaining federal construction contracts by underbidding local wage levels. The DBA, as amended, requires that each contract over $2,000 to which the United States or the District of Columbia is a party for the construction, alteration, and/or repair (including painting or decorating) of public buildings or public works shall contain a clause setting forth the minimum wages to be paid to various classes of laborers and mechanics employed under the contract.
- Are projects required to comply with the Davis-Bacon Act with respect to construction activities undertaken prior to DOE’s issuance of a loan guarantee?
- Is the $2,000 Davis-Bacon Act threshold based on the entire amount of the contract, including equipment costs, or only on the labor costs?
- What is the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA)?