The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), which manages construction of U.S. Navy shore facilities, recently issued surveys for four federal construction projects, exceeding $25 million in total costs, in Maryland and Virginia.
ABC members and construction professionals are encouraged to respond to the PLA surveys. Tell NAVFAC’s Washington District that government-mandated PLAs injure competition, increase costs, and will not advance the economy and efficiency in government contracting.
Below are links to the PLA surveys for the four projects along with the deadline and contact information for each.
- Construction of an Aircraft Prototype Facility, Patuxent River, Md. Responses are due to Dorothea Holley, [email protected], and to Carolyn Sulla, [email protected], no later than 2:00 p.m. EST, Nov. 14. ABC National’s 11/14 response.
- Construction of an Ambulatory Care Center, Camp Springs, Md. Responses are due to Dorothea Holley, [email protected], and to Carolyn Sulla, [email protected], no later than 2:00 p.m. EST, Nov. 14. ABC National’s 11/14 response.
- Construction of a Chemical Facility Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head, Md. Responses are due to Stephen Astwood, [email protected], and Carolyn Sulla, [email protected], by 2:00 p.m. EST, Nov. 14. ABC National’s 11/14 response.
- Construction of the Marine Corps Research Center, Quantico, Va. Responses are due to Dervin Diggs, [email protected], and Allie Hernandez, [email protected], no later than 2:00 p.m. EST, Nov. 21. ABC National’s 11/21 response.
NAVFAC and other federal agencies like the USACE and Veterans Affairs have issued PLA surveys as a result of President Obama’s pro-PLA Executive Order 13502 and federal regulations implementing the discriminatory and costly order. The order and regulations encourage federal agencies to mandate anti-competitive and costly PLAs on a case-by-case basis on federal construction projects exceeding $25 million in total cost.
In 2011 and 2010, a handful of NAVFAC districts across the country issued sources sought notices requesting information about the potential use of PLAs on large NAVFAC construction projects. ABC National has taken the opportunity to respond to surveys as they are issued and encourages the merit shop contracting community to do the same.
It is important to express opposition to government-mandated PLAs today before they are mandated or encouraged on future NAVFAC projects, as well as other federal and non-federal state and local projects in your community by other government officials if anti-competitive and costly PLA mandates take root in your community.
The survey results are an important source of information used to determine whether a PLA is appropriate for federal NAVFAC projects.
Here are ABC National’s notable responses to NAVFAC PLA surveys:
- Letter to NAVFAC Southeast concerning construction of the $25 million to $100 million B603 Saufley Field, Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla. (6/10/11) (ABC Newsline article)
- Letter to NAVFAC concerning use of PLAs on Guam base realignment. (10/5/10) (ABC Newsline article)
For contractors, taxpayers and construction professionals unfamiliar with the problems with federal PLAs and regulations implementing President Obama’s pro-PLA Executive Order 13502, please review the previous letters sent by ABC National to the NAVFAC, which may be helpful information for contractors to review before responding to these NAVFAC PLA surveys.
If you need help responding, please contact us and we can provide you with some helpful tools and information.
Responding with accurate and timely information is critical and effective at removing federal agency PLA mandates. For example, in 2010, the USACE removed government-mandated PLAs from the Army Reserve Center in Los Alamitos, Calif. and the Patrick Air Force Base in Brevard County, Fla. after a strong grassroots response and survey participation from the contracting community. The USACE removed a PLA mandate on the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Camden, N.J. following a legal challenge and robust grassroots response from the construction stakeholders. The
Thanks for taking the time to respond to these surveys. Your responses will help maintain an open and competitive environment that will allow all qualified contractors to fairly compete for contracts to build the best possible construction projects at the best possible price.
Additional helpful links:
- PLA Final Rule Takes Effect Today: Let the Waste, Cronyism and Discrimination Begin
- Project Labor Agreement Basics: What is a PLA?
- Get the Truth About PLAs
- ABC National’s Main Comments to the FAR Council’s Proposed Rule
- ABC Member Survey/Comment Supplement to Main Comments
- ABC National Comments Specifically Addressing the Regulatory Flexibility Act