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).
Written by: Michelle Tucker - Central Region Field Representative
(November 2015) We are called by many names; compliance investigators, bid cops and watchdogs, to name a few. However you choose to refer to us, we are fighting to create job opportunities for the construction industry through fair and equitable bidding. Michelle Tucker, CIFAC’s Central Region Representative, proved this by influencing the Sonora High School Board of Trustees to re-bid 14 bid packages after finding numerous violations committed throughout the bid process.
Written by: Sally Riley - Northern Region Senior Field Representative
(November 2015) Excited about their new campus scheduled to open in July 2016, Shasta Charter Academy thought they’d used all the proper bidding and construction requirements in framing their guidelines until they heard a presentation by Senior Field Representative Sally Riley at the northern region CASBO (California Association of School Business Officials) conference.
Written by: Shari Bacon - Southern Region Field Representative
(September 2015) Job Order Contracts (JOC) can be awarded by counties, and currently the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), to facilitate repair and maintenance in annual contracts up to $3,000,000 as stated in PCC §20128.5 (adjusted annually to reflect California Consumer Price Index). The JOC delivery method can’t be used by cities and school districts. AB 1431 is seeking to allow JOCs for school districts other than LAUSD. CIFAC’s stance is that Job Order Contracts cannot be used for new construction.
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.