Davis Bacon - Prevailing Wage

Davis Bacon

The Davis Bacon provides that contracts in excess of $2,000 to which the United States is party for the construction, alteration, and/or repair, including painting and decorating, of public buildings or public works, which involve the employment of laborers and/or mechanics, shall contain provisions with respect to minimum wages, fringe benefits, payments without deduction or rebates, withholding funds from contractors to ensure compliance with the wage provisions, and termination of the contract or debarment for failure to adhere to the required provisions. HUD construction covered by the Davis Bacon Act itself consists of Secretary-acquired properties where repairs or improvements are being made under a construction contract between HUD and the contractor. Those Davis Bacon provisions, which are contained in HUD-assisted construction programs, are known as "Related Acts" and will be referred to as Davis Bacon Related Acts (DBRA). A number of the "Related Acts" contain different Davis Bacon application thresholds based on the numbers of units assisted.


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