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Further explanation may be helpful. A “public building” or “public work” generally includes facilities and property improvements that are owned by the Federal government and its various departments (such as Navy/Marine Corps installation buildings, seaports, Naval air station facilities, and other supporting infrastructure). It also includes facilities and property improvements that will not be owned by the Federal government and its various departments, but for which the work in question will be “carried on directly by authority of or with funds of a Federal agency to serve the interest of the general public regardless of whether title thereof is in a Federal agency”. Whether the work in question is a “substantial” amount of construction is determined not only by the total value of construction work in absolute dollars or cost percentages as compared to the total value of the contract, but also the type and quantity of the construction work to be performed. A minor and incidental amount of construction work may therefore not require application of the DBA. Despite the DBA monetary threshold for a stand alone construction contract, $2,000; that amount is not an absolute requirement when considering whether the construction work is “substantial” or not, but it should be kept in mind when making a determination within the context of the statutory and regulatory framework. Generally, a few hours or few days of “construction, alteration, or repair” work on a project would not be considered “substantial”, but if “mechanics and laborers” spend weeks or months on such work, generally DBA work will be considered substantial and will require application of the DBA provisions and an appropriate wage determination. Whether the ‘construction, alteration or repair’ work is capable of being performed on a segregated basis or not will generally be obvious. If the work in question will be performed by a specialty contractor or subcontractor using a workforce dedicated to a specific construction “trade”, i.e. electrical, plumbing, carpentry, heavy equipment operation, etc; it is clear evidence that the work is “capable of being performed on a segregated basis”. On the other hand, if the work is being performed by the prime contractor’s staff that is dedicated to the performance of the contract generally, this would be indicative that the work is so much a part of and integrated into the contract work as a whole, that it cannot be physically or functionally separate from or performed on a segregated basis from other work performed on the contract. Bottom line – based on wage determination administration and the impact on pricing and based on consideration of what work will actually be performed under the contract, e.g. “some construction” work -- not only must labor standards be carefully considered at the basic contract level, but serious consideration needs to be given to them at the task order level, as well. Careful coordination with the
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