1 October 29, 2012  Federal Construction

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Northwest has issued two surveys requesting information from the construction industry on the potential use of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) for federal construction projects in Washington:

  1. The seismic upgrades and renovation of the fire station of building 435 at Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton, Wash.,
  2. The repair and modernization of the Industrial Control System at Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton, Wash., and Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor, Wash.

Responses to the survey for the seismic upgrades and renovations to the fire station must be submitted by 2 p.m. (PT) Tuesday, Oct. 30, to Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest, Non-Regional Acquisition, Attn: Andrew Hart, via email or mail to 1101 Tautog Circle, Silverdale, WA 98315.

Responses to the survey for the repair and modernization of the Industrial Control System must be submitted by 2 p.m. (PT) Wednesday, Oct. 31, to Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Northwest, Attn: Angelina E. Perez, via email or mail to 1101 Tautog Circle STE 313, Silverdale, WA 98315. encourages the merit shop contracting community to respond to the request for information. Tell NAVFAC that government-mandated PLAs reduce competition, increase costs, and impede the economy and efficiency of government contracting.

In addition to responding to each PLA survey form, NAVFAC is also requiring small and disadvantaged business respondents to complete and return the information requested in the sources sought notice. However, non-small and disadvantaged businesses do not have to fill out the sources sought notice form and are everyone is permitted to respond to the PLA survey.

NAVFAC and other federal agencies have issued dozens of similar surveys requesting information about the potential use of PLAs on specific construction projects across the country as a result of regulations and federal agency policies stemming from President Obama’s pro-government-mandated PLA Executive Order 13502, which encourages federal agencies to mandate PLAs on a case-by-case basis for federal construction projects exceeding $25 million in total cost.

ABC National has taken the opportunity to respond to all PLA surveys as they are issued and encourages the merit shop contracting community to do the same. Responding with accurate and timely information is critical and effective at creating more work for qualified merit shop contractors and their skilled employees. readers may recall earlier this year NAVFAC NW mandated a PLA on the construction of a $450 million to $550 million explosives handling wharf #2 (Solicitation No. N4425511R9004) at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor after Democrat members of the Washington delegation in the U.S. House and Senate receiving a significant amount of campaign contributions from Big Labor pushed NAVFAC to require a PLA.

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Aran Buchan October 29, 2012 at 12:44 pm

This is great information. The membership of ABC Western Washington has been completing and returning surveys. Hopefully the merit shop construction industry, and the business in general, can help stop costly, discriminatory PLAs like these.

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