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Unified Government funded projects greater than $15,000 require that all contractors and subcontractors adhere to the Davis Bacon Act and pay their laborers and mechanics not less than the prevailing wage rates and fringe benefits listed by the Wage and Hour Division of the US Department of Labor. Additionally, an increasing number of Economic Development projects have incorporated prevailing wage requirements.

Due to this steady expansion of policy, the Contract Compliance Department recently began implementation of an electronic system to collect, manage, and verify prevailing wage certified payrolls and related labor compliance documentation.

The new program was selected through a formal bid process. Ultimately, LCP Tracker was selected. The firm has several years of experience in the field and provides service to a number public and private agencies The Contract Compliance Department’s college intern, Christen Lacy, conducted a local business community assessment over the summer. The purpose of the assessment was to measure local business capacity and to gain a better understanding of business owner’s perceptions as it relates to operating in Wyandotte County.  For the purpose of the study, local was defined as businesses located in Wyandotte County but the Department plans to expand the effort in the future. Of the 320 assessments mailed, 32 businesses responded. Although the response rate was only about 10%, with most respondents working in the commercial construction industry, the information gained from the assessment will further assist the department in the development of its outreach and training. The graph depicts the respondents’ business classifications. Wyandotte County business may contact the Department to obtain a copy of the survey.

The Department is in the process of testing the system on a pilot project and plans to go live with the system by Summer of 2013.

Article from the Unified Government Contract Compliance Department’s quarterly newsletter of Kansas City.

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