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make insertion of this 52.222-42 clause and the accompanying information unnecessary? Answer: No. The ‘statement of equivalent’ rates requirement is a separate and distinct requirement that is statutory (the SCA). A careful review shows that it is, however, for ‘information only’ and not a wage determination. It is therefore, far less important than including the correct wage determination in the solicitation and awarded contract. You’ll note that the intent of the clause is to inform offerors of the rates that the Federal agency would pay directly hired civil service employees for performing the same type of work rather than to ‘outsource’ the work to a contractor. For example, if the agency expected ‘electronic technicians’, ‘engineering technicians’, and instructors to be employed on the contract; the agency would provide information on the Federal pay rates for those classes of employees. If ‘wage grade (WG)’ employees, a step two rate would generally be used and if ‘general schedule’ (GS) employees, a step one rate would generally be used as the rate shown. See FAR 22.1016 . Also, the Office of Management and Budget has determined that the fringe benefit costs for direct hire Federal employees is on average 36.25% of the wage rate paid. (See more on this subject in the Tidbits ” section of this newsletter). Given the lessened importance of the statement of equivalent rate information in today’s procurements, I recommend accomplishing this obligation without using a substantial amount of scarce acquisition resources. Here’s how? First, in most instances the procurement in question will have a history of which labor classifications are necessary and used by either (1) a predecessor contractor or (2) an in house (‘organic’) functional organization. Based upon these ‘service employee’ labor categories (this excludes management and professional level employees), the SCA Directory of Occupations index provides a useful ‘conversion’ chart showing the various
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job classes and the “federal grade equivalent” (WG or GS) for that particular job class. The job class and the federal grade equivalent may then be listed in the fill in the blanks portion of the 52.222-42 clause. For example, the classes mentioned above would be listed as follows: Electronic Technician, Maintenance I WG-08 Electronic Technician, Maintenance II WG-09 Electronic Technician, Maintenance III WG-10 Engineering Technician I GS-03 Engineering Technician II GS-04 Engineering Technician III GS-05 Flight Instructor (Pilot) GS-12 Since the wage grade data is conveniently available to the general public from Civilian Personnel Management Service and the general schedule data is conveniently available from Office of Personnel Management via the internet, the offeror may obtain the specific pay rate(s) for the locality from those sites directly and the resources used to place that information in the solicitation (“dotting the i and crossing the t”) can be saved for more pressing work.
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