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).
- ALERT - CONTRACTORS MUST REGISTER TO PERFORM PUBLIC WORKS
CIFAC wants to remind contractors that they must register with the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) by March 1, 2015 to be eligible to be awarded California Public Works contracts. Awarding bodies will be required to reject your bid if you and your subcontractor’s are not registered. Though this legislation, SB 854, was a labor compliance bill, it will affect your bidding rights. A one-time financial penalty of $2,000 can be assessed for late registration. You can easily register by going to the Department of Industrial Relations, at http://www.dir.ca.gov, then click on the public works tab on the upper right hand side of the page. The registration and payment can be done on-line, and by using a credit card to make your payment, your registration will become effective immediately. NOTE: There is also a free webinar you can participate in on February 27, 2015. You can register @ http://www.dir.ca.gov/Public-Works/SB_854_Webinar_Announcement.pdf
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.