Labor unveils contract wage site

The Labor Department today took the wraps off Wage Determinations Online, a Web site intended to help federal contracting officials and vendors quickly check wage rates for most federal service and construction contracts.

The site, at www.wdol.gov, provides access to labor standards and legally mandated wage determinations that Labor issues under the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act and the Davis-Bacon Act. The laws generally require federal contractors to pay their employees the wage set by Labor for each job category and location.

An interagency task force'composed of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, the Office of Management and Budget, the General Services Administration, the Defense Department and the Commerce Department's National Technical Information Service'created the site. The project is part of the Integrated Acquisition Environment, one of the 25 OMB-sponsored e-government initiatives.

'As an e-government initiative, wdol.gov combines a number of individual agency-dedicated Web sites into one site, making information available quickly and easily,' Tammy D. McCutchen, administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, said in a statement. 'There is a streamlined appearance, user-friendly help guide and a series of questions to direct the user to the correct wage determination'all with a single click.'

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