Introduction to SCA Wage Determinations

Introduction to SCA Wage Determinations

SCA or DBA ? Common Situations Contracts Requiring SCA or DBA General Principles SCA does not apply to any contract principally for construction subject to the DBA. Construction under the DBA includes construction, alteration, and repair, including

painting and decorating. Distinguishing DBA and SCA work under a Federal Contract Distinguishing DBA and SCA work under federal contracts is an important coverage concern. Federal contracting agencies are responsible to designate application of DBA and SCA requirements to different work under single contracts. The potential for cost adjustment changes occasioning increased agency costs and administrative inconvenience

for the agency and its contractor(s), may result from failure to apply the DBA and SCA labor standards appropriately. SCA Maintenance vs. DBA Repair SCA Maintenance Work is typically: Scheduled, regular and recurring maintenance activities; and Routine to keep something in state of continuous utilization. Examples: custodial service, routine HVAC filter changes, snow removal.

DBA Repair Work DBA typically covers activities such as restoration of facility. One time fix to something not functioning; Restoration, alteration or replacement of fixed components. Examples: building structural repair, renovation, roof shingling, paving repairs. Important Considerations for DBA vs. SCA Coverage

DBA-covered when the activity is part of the construction contract: Performed prior to acceptance by owner. Examples of activities: Cleanup; Landscaping; Carpet laying; and Drapery installation. Important Considerations for SCA Coverage

SCA-covered when activity is scheduled routine maintenance and upkeep. Examples: Replace worn-out carpeting; Janitorial work; Mowing grass; and Replace draperies (not the fixtures hung on). DBA or SCA - Demolition Work (29 C.F.R. 4.116(b)) DBA-covered if subsequent construction is planned at the site or contemplated as part of

a future construction project. SCA-covered if subsequent construction is not contemplated. AAM # 190 provides further discussion. DBA or SCA - Drilling Work

SCA-covered if the contract is for exploratory drilling: For a purpose other than construction; or To obtain data for use in engineering studies (29 C.F.R. 4.130(a)(16)). DBA-covered when drilling for holes: e.g. water wells, oil wells, or other improvements (29 C.F.R. 5.2(i)). AAM # 55 provides discussion with examples.

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