Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage Determinations Need to Be Calculated Scientifically
Publication Date: March 2008
Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): James Sherk
Keywords: Labor; Davis-Bacon Act; federal construction project; federal contractor
Coverage: United States
The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division uses a highly flawed methodology to calculate Davis-Bacon rates and takes years to update wage rates after they are published. The Bureau of Labor Statistics already estimates wages using accurate scientific methods. Congress should require the Department of Labor to use these BLS surveys to set Davis-Bacon wage rates.