The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Construction and Facilities Management has issued a survey requesting information from the contracting community about the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) on a federal contract for site improvements and rehabilitation of the VA Medical Center in St. Louis.
TheTruthAboutPLAs.com encourages the merit shop contracting community to respond to this PLA survey. Tell the VA that government-mandated PLAs reduce competition, increase costs, and impede the economy and efficiency of government contracting.
To review and respond to the VA PLA survey, click here.
Please provide comments in response to solicitation number VA10115R0081 via email by COB on Friday, July 17, 2015, to Lara Lutz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The VA and other federal agencies have issued more than 250 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.
TheTruthAboutPLAs.com 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. Due to our collective advocacy, none of these projects have had PLAs mandated on them.