Construction Industry Force Account Council
The Construction Industry Force Account Council (CIFAC) is a non-profit coalition of concerned construction industry associations, contractors and labor unions that works to ensure State and local governments' compliance with the Public Contract Code (PCC).
CIFAC's 2014 Annual Report - President’s Message
Written by: Steven Glenn Harris - President
Expanding our visibility and influence statewide, CIFAC launched an internet program in 2014. Working with Google affiliates, we posted thousands of pop-up ads on websites of people who had interest in the construction industry. The colorful box ad said to "contact CIFAC –California’s Bidding Experts." In the first quarter of the year, 648 new followers were added and the number continued to grow. Tracking down new job opportunities in public works construction enhanced by our presence at Boards of Supervisors, City Councils and Special District Meetings and allowed us to give testimony and go the on record in support of following the Public Contract Code. This effort resulted in agreements between CIFAC and local government staff that will prevent future violations.
Emergency Declarations Aren’t For Avoiding Bidding Laws
Written by: Sally Riley - Northern Region Senior Field Representative
Drought drilling for water wells does not make the cut for an automatic emergency declaration, or so discovered the City of Ukiah Staff when CIFAC objected to their plans. The City had been talking and planning for over a year about wanting to drill additional wells for their use. They were not in a situation where they would even need to use the well immediately if it was developed. During discussions months before, they had assured Field Representative Sally Riley that the work would be going out to bid, so Riley was a bit surprised to see an emergency declaration of their agenda. After speaking with staff, she found that by declaring an emergency they could waive the need to do environmental studies. At that same time they wanted to have the City Council declare that it was in the best interest of the City to not be required to competitively bid the project.
Written by: Michelle Tucker - Central Region Field Representative
The City of Capitola staff recommended their City Council award the $207,000 McGregor Park Project contract although the low bid exceeded the $135,000 Engineers Estimate and the $146,500 budget. You may ask how or why they would do this. Their answer was to negotiate with the low bidder to reduce costs, award a contract for the reduced cost and allow the contractor to donate a portion of the work.
Shari Pence is now Shari Bacon
Shari Pence, CIFAC Southern Region Field Representative, has decided to honor her family name of Bacon. Shari continued to use her married name of Pence over the years because of the ages of her children at the time of her divorce and because she was a published author with title copyrights and a registered trademark. Now that her children are older, and her daughter has recently married, Shari decided it was time to honor her family name.