House Introduces Bill to Place Bureau of Labor Statistics in Charge of Determining Prevailing Wage Rates

April 9, 2013

House Introduces Bill to Place Bureau of Labor Statistics in Charge of Determining Prevailing Wage Rates

On February 1, 2013, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) introduced the “Responsibility in Federal Contracting Act” (H.R. 448). This legislation would transfer responsibility for calculating prevailing wage rates under the Davis-Bacon Act from the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bill would also require the Bureau of Labor Statistics to determine prevailing wages through the use of its own random sampling techniques, as opposed to the surveys conducted by the Wage and Hour Division. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.  

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