The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Philadelphia District is requesting comments from the construction community addressing a potential government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for large-scale federal flood control and coastal emergency beach reconstruction projects along the Delaware coast from Cape Henlopen to Fenwick Island, Delaware.
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Responses are due via email to Contract Specialist Michelle Bertoline (Michelle.J.Bertoline@usace.army.mil) by 4:00 P.M. (EST) on Wednesday, February 13, 2013.
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TheTruthAboutPLAs.com encourages the merit shop contracting community to respond to this PLA survey. Tell the USACE that government-mandated PLAs reduce competition, increase costs, and impede the economy and efficiency of government contracting.
USACE and other federal agencies have issued more than 150 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.
The contracting community should expect the USACE to issue additional PLA surveys in the coming months to reconstruct Northeast and Mid-Atlantic area beaches and coastal infrastructure following Hurricane Sandy. According to this analysis, the USACE received about $5.35 billion in The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (H.R. 152), a measure funding more than $50 billion in Hurricane Sandy relief signed by President Obama Jan. 29.
The USACE has already issued PLA surveys for Hurricane Sandy-related construction projects dredging the Delaware River and repairing beaches and infrastructure along Long Beach Island, New Jersey.
TheTruthAboutPLAs 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.
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