Mid-Atlantic Recipient Ensures Fair Wages for Workers

clock September 10, 2011 15:50 by author Bulletin Board
Effective communication and documentation helps EERE grant recipients comply with Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) requirements, as exhibited in the practices of one hard-working Recipient. Like many others, this Recipient excels not only in technical areas, but also in the administration of their EERE award, including ensuring that DBA requirements are being met.

DBA requires that each contract over $2,000 to which the United States or the District of Columbia is a party for the construction of public buildings contain a clause requiring contractors to pay the prevailing wages as determined by the Secretary of Labor to laborers and mechanics employed upon site of work. Laborers and Mechanics are defined as the various types of skilled workers employed under the contract. [More]

Real-Time Recordkeeping Increases Transparency and Speeds Compliance

clock September 2, 2011 13:51 by author Bulletin Board
For one Northwestern city, efforts to encourage transparency and compliance with Federal requirements have improved recordkeeping to provide EERE Project Officers direct access to an internal information system that contains key compliance information. This system is expected to yield easily accessible records for future audits and ensure efficient and accurate notification of compliance with Federal labor regulations.

By engaging workers and providing real-time recordkeeping, the Recipient is ensuring that the project continues to provide the local community with good jobs at fair wages, while working to restore habitat and power American homes and businesses. [More]

EERE’s Recovery Act Projects Prepare America’s Next Generation of Skilled Workers

clock August 15, 2011 16:33 by author Bulletin Board
Among the key goals of EERE’s Recovery Act programs is the creation of American jobs through energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. This goal brings to mind images of physicists or biochemists working in labs to develop new technologies, or architects and mechanical engineers designing high-performance or green buildings. While Recovery Act projects do require the work of scientists and engineers, they also employ people working in the skilled trades, such as electricians and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) mechanics. Workers in the skilled trades perform vital work in building, installing, renovating, and repairing energy efficient building systems and renewable energy equipment. [More]