Comment Deadline on FAR Councils’ Proposed Rule on Project Labor Agreements and Executive Order 13502 Now Sept. 23

0 August 25, 2009  Federal Construction, Uncategorized has some interesting news related to the federal government’s rulemaking regarding the implementation of discriminatory and costly project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal construction projects.
The comment period on proposed rules that would implement President Obama’s Feb. 6 Executive Order 13502 relating to federal PLAs, which had expired Aug. 13, was reopened with a new deadline of Sept. 23, according to a notice published in the Aug. 24 Federal Register (74 Fed. Reg. 42,639). previously criticized the FAR Council’s July 14 proposed rule and related OMB memo which promote costly and discriminatory government mandated PLAs on federal construction projects more than $25 million. We urged readers to get involved in the regulatory process and express to the government why PLAs will harm taxpayers, employers, employees and construction users and owners. readers responded to our call to action  and submitted hundreds of comments to the FAR Council.

Now the government has granted an additional 30 days to “provide additional time for interested parties to review the proposed FAR changes.” finds it odd that the FAR Councils would re-open and extend the deadline for comments to their ill-advised Proposed Rule on PLAs, after ABC and other anti-PLA stakeholders have already filed opposing comments in a timely fashion.  Nevertheless, it is our hope that the extended comment period signals some willingness on the part of the Obama Administration to engage in more careful deliberation prior to imposing discriminatory and costly PLA requirements on federal construction projects.

Tell the federal government how requiring union-only PLAs on federal and federally funded projects will hurt your business. 

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Interested parties can submit comments by mail to General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (VPR), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4041, ATTN: Hada Flowers, Washington, D.C. 20405, or by fax at (202) 501-4067.

Comments can also be submitted online at the federal eRulemaking portal (http:// by inputting “FAR Case 2009-005” into the “Keyword” field.
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