WASHINGTON, D.C. | June 14, 2013 -
On Tuesday, June 18 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, chaired by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), will hold a hearing entitled, “Promoting the Accuracy and Accountability of the Davis-Bacon Act.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
Enacted in 1931, the Davis-Bacon Act requires the payment of local prevailing wage rates to workers on federal construction projects. Under the act, the Department of Labor is responsible for conducting surveys to determine local prevailing wage rates for various job classifications. Despite numerous independent reports documenting flaws in the law’s implementation, the department has failed to improve the law’s administration and enforcement. Furthermore, the department continues to expand the scope of the law. For example, in March 2013 the department released a ‘guidance letter’ that overturned more than 50 years of policy to apply the Davis-Bacon Act to survey crews.
Tuesday’s hearing will provide members an opportunity to discuss long-standing challenges surrounding the Davis-Bacon Act and recent changes in the law’s implementation. To learn more about the hearing, visit http://edworkforce.house.gov/hearings.
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