Volume 35, Number 2, February 2000


ASA Promotes Protection 
of Subcontractors in Federal Bidding

Bid shopping would cease under a proposal being drafted by Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski, D-PA, with the assistance of the American Subcontractors Association (ASA). The legislation would promote openness in the federal bidding process by requiring prime contractors to list in their bids the subcontractors they will use if their bid is selected, and to abide by that decision in using the listed subcontractors to perform the work. Such a bill “would combat the unethical business practices of bid shopping and bid peddling,” said ASA Government Relations Chairman Bob Reick.

Bid shopping occurs when a prime contractor uses a subcontractor’s price in computing his bid, but then shops that bid for a lower price after the government has accepted the prime bid. ASA says bid peddling occurs when subcontractors attempt to win contracts by undercutting other subcontractors’ prices after the prime contractor’s bid has been accepted. ASA maintains bid listing legislation would discourage both these practices and would lower construction costs for the government and the taxpayer.

CCC Extends Exam Exemption

Experienced constructors will have an additional year to qualify as Certified Professional Constructors without taking the Construction Qualification Examination (CQE) Level I – Construction Fundamentals. The Constructor Certification Commission (CCC) of the American Institute of Constructors has voted to extend the exemption for experienced contractors from the Level I exam through Dec. 31, 2000. The extension will allow experienced constructors to concentrate on preparing for the CQE Level II exam – Advanced Construction Applications.

The constructor certification is a voluntary, non-governmental, private process that tests basic and advanced construction knowledge through written examinations and verifies professional experience and/or education, according to the CCC. Experienced constructors may request an exemption from the Level I exam but still must pass the Level II exam and meet all other requirements to receive certification.

Construction Has Difficulty Hiring
Project Managers

Having a hard time finding project managers? You’re not alone. According to a recent survey conducted by the Association for Project Managers, the percentage of design and construction organizations finding it difficult to hire project managers is on the rise. The figure jumped from 69.2 percent in the 1998 survey to 78.4 percent in 1999.

In addition, the rate of turnovers increased as 61.5 percent of the companies surveyed reported losing a project manager, compared to 47.6 percent in 1998. Further results showed that the median age of project managers dropped from 40-years-old to 38-years-old. Also, the average salary for the group dropped 5.7 percent from $53,000 in 1998 to $50,000 in 1999.

The association accumulated its results from a survey of 44-member firms.


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