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Question: Why is that as inspectors for ITD we are required to check contractors' certified payroll to make sure that they meet Davis Bacon (federal requirement) pay, and ITD workers working on the same job site are not checked for the same Fed requirement?
Answer: Davis-Bacon wages are the minimum wages that can be paid to people working on federal public works projects.
The original Davis-Bacon Act was passed in 1931 in order to prevent federal public works projects from having the effect of driving down wages on private construction projects going on in the same area.
Davis-Bacon wages apply to those federal public works projects in the 50 states and the District of Columbia that exceed $2,000 in cost.
The Davis-Bacon wage rates are determined by the Secretary of Labor who is directed by law to calculate the prevailing wages for different classes of contractors in every county of the United States.
The Wage and Hour Division of the Labor Department surveys contractors across the country to determine the prevailing wage minimums for each county.
Contractors are required to post the wage determinations for their project and area at the job site. Since ITD is not the contractor on these construction projects and since we are not a private employer, we are not subject to these requirements.