The Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement (OLSE administers Federal prevailing wage requirements in HUD-assisted housing and community development programs through staff in Field Offices. OLSE is HUD's primary contact with the Department of Labor (DOL) in enforcing labor standards mandated by the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.
OLSE serves as policy adviser and consultant to HUD's Secretary and other principal staff on the applicability, administration, and enforcement of Federal labor standards, including Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rates and to organized labor-particularly the building and construction trades unions. The office also seeks affirmative relationships with organized labor and industry in support of HUD's affordable housing and community revitalization goals. Toward that objective, OLSE, in partnership with DOL, also administers Step-Up
, a welfare-to-work apprenticeship-based jobs program for low-income people.
In addition to overall responsibility within HUD for administering and enforcing Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements for a broad array of HUD programs, OLSE administers the prevailing wage requirements for maintenance employees of public and Indian housing agencies. This requires the annual HUD determination of maintenance wage rates for such workers.
Type of Assistance:
This is an administrative and enforcement function. In carrying out its mandate, OLSE issues technical guidance on labor standards enforcement, makes labor standards administration training available to local contracting agencies through its field staff, monitors local agencies (public and Indian housing authorities and Community Development Block Grant agencies) for labor standards contract compliance, and maintains comprehensive program information at the OLR page at HUD's Web site. (See below.) For calendar year 1997, the value of HUD-assisted construction contracts covered by Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements exceeded $4 billion.
This program includes most recipients of HUD-funding assistance involving construction work, who must ensure that they comply with Federal labor standards and prevailing wage requirements.
Construction workers on HUD-assisted construction projects and maintenance workers engaged in the operation of certain HUD-assisted low-income housing benefit from the wage protections provided in the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.
For More Information:
The Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement maintains a site at HUD's Website. For information contact Waite Madison, National Director, Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement, or Jade M. Banks at (202) 708-0370 (voice) or (202) 619-8022 (fax), Senior Policy Advisor Jade