CALC compares hourly labor rates
- By Amanda Ziadeh
- May 18, 2015
The General Services Administration released its Contract-Awarded Labor Category (CALC) tool last week, which helps contracting officers make better buying decisions by giving them a way to quickly search and analyze hourly rates for professional labor category positions, based on historical pricing information.
The database houses contract-awarded prices for 48,000 labor categories from more than 5,000 GSA contracts. Users can easily search through specific positions and narrow results with filters like education level, years of experience, work site, business size and schedule to receive hourly rate price ranges and averages, according to a blog by Nick Brethauer of 18F, the GSA’s digital services team that built CALC.
The data is the same that is uploaded to GSA Advantage, but it is instead posted on the day of award by the contracting officer after the price is reviewed, approved and made.
The ability to compare fair labor rates and reasonably negotiate prices on contracts at this level of efficiency will better help contracting officers decide which contracts should receive requests for quotations, “and in turn ensure the government is spending taxpayers’ dollars wisely and in the most efficient way,” Brethauer said.
Future enhancements to CALC may include the ability to compare proposed pricing with existing rates in a labor category as well as more ways to view and export results.
As with other 18F projects, the CALC code is available on GitHub.
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Amanda Ziadeh is a Reporter/Producer for GCN.
Prior to joining 1105 Media, Ziadeh was a contributing journalist for USA Today Travel's Experience Food and Wine site. She's also held a communications assistant position with the University of Maryland Office of the Comptroller, and has reported for the American Journalism Review, Capitol File Magazine and DC Magazine.
Ziadeh is a graduate of the University of Maryland where her emphasis was multimedia journalism and French studies.
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