USACE Baltimore District Issues Project Labor Agreement Surveys for Maryland & Virginia

0 March 21, 2021  Federal Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued two surveys soliciting comments from the construction industry about the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement for multiple construction projects in Maryland and Virginia.

The USACE Baltimore District is soliciting comments from the construction community addressing the potential use of a PLA for large-scale, general construction project (exceeding $20 million) in Beltsville, Maryland. The other survey is large-scale (exceeding $25 million) project at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

ABC National encourages the merit shop contracting community to respond to the following PLA surveys:

  1. Please send responses to Beltsville Agricultural Research Center no later than March 31, 2021 to [email protected].
  2. Please send responses to 911 Vehicle Maintenance Shop at Fort Belvoir, Virginia no later than March 31, 2021 to [email protected].

Tell the USACE government-mandated PLAs reduce competition, increase costs, and impede the economy and efficiency in government contracting.

Please contact ABC staff for assistance and send a copy of your response in case ABC National needs to take additional steps to defeat an unfortunate PLA mandate on this contract.

ABC is Leading the Fight Against Government-Mandated PLAs in Federal Contracting

USACE and other federal agencies have issued hundreds of similar PLA 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 2009 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 and permits state and local government recipients of federal dollars to mandate PLAs on public works projects. has taken the opportunity to respond to 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 delivering value for hardworking taxpayers and creating more work for local qualified merit shop contractors and their skilled employees. Due to our collective advocacy, no projects subject to federal agency PLA surveys have had PLAs mandated on them.

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