Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA)?

The Foundation for Fair Contracting (FFC) is a non-profit labor-management organization which monitors public construction projects, particularly those that fall under the Davis- Bacon or a locality’s prevailing wage requirement. Under the Freedom of Information Act, we review bid documents, contracts and certified payroll records to ensure that contracting companies are following the laws and regulations which govern the industry. Our compliance efforts serve to curb the corrupt act of underbidding and disenfranchising, not only the workers on a project, but also the tax payers who are expecting a timely, safe and high quality product.

Q: What is the Prevailing Wage Act?

There are a number of states that have “Little Davis Bacon Acts” or state prevailing wage mandates. The states that have their own prevailing wage law direct their state’s Department of Labor to determine the locally prevailing wage rates. A state’s prevailing wage rates could be different than the Davis-Bacon rates for federal projects.

Q: Does the state of Maryland have a Prevailing Wage law?

Yes. Maryland’s Prevailing Wage law regulates the hours of labor, rates of pay, conditions of employment, obligations of employers and duties of certain public officials under contracts and subcontracts for public works in Maryland. The Prevailing Wage law applies to a construction project valued at $500,000 or more if either of the following criteria are met: (1) the contracting public body is a unit of State government or an instrumentality of the State, and there is any State funding for the project; or (2) the contracting public body is a political subdivision, agency, person or entity (such as a county) and the State funds 50% or more of the project.

Q: Does the District of Columbia have a Prevailing Wage law?

The District of Columbia does not have their own prevailing wage law. All city funded construction projects valued at $2,000 or above are subject to the Davis-Bacon requirements.

Q: Does the state of Virginia have a Prevailing Wage law?

No. The state of Virginia does not have their own prevailing wage law. However, federal construction being performed in Virginia is still subject to the Davis-Bacon requirements.