Feds speed access to Davis-Bacon prevailing wage data

Sources: Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division; National Electrical Contractors Association, Bethesda, Md. 

The Labor Department is launching https://beta.sam.gov to succeed the www.WDOL.gov website for wage determination data under the Davis-Bacon Act, plus Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) guidelines. Features of the new site include:

  • Search-based structure. Users can search for a variety of information including specific Davis-Bacon Act and McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act wage determinations.
  • Learning Center. Tutorial videos and tools familiarize users with the new format.
  • Content filter, search. User access FAR and CFR citations for specific subjects via a Cross Index page for Contract Labor Standards. Site features more FAR Supplements and other acquisition regulations than WDOL.gov.
  • Account option. By creating a beta.SAM.gov account, users can access certain system features exclusive to account holders, including the option to save previous searches; start or modify a Collective Bargaining Agreement; “Follow” specific wage determinations and receive email alerts when changes or modifications are published; and, timeline and history of wage determination changes.

The Federal Service Desk will continue to support wage determinations in beta.SAM.gov. Employers can find compliance assistance resources from the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division at www.dol.gov/WHD/foremployers.htm.

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