Website to help federal contractors determine wages

A new government website could help federal contractors with required wage determinations. The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced on Nov. 12 the creation of the Wage Determination Online program, which is supposed to help contractors and the general public understand the rules behind wages on federal projects.

The online program, at, provides guidance on selecting the appropriate wage for each contract job, access to the most recent McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) and Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) wage determinations, as well as an alert service that notifies contractors if revisions to wage laws are made. The site also gives a link to databases that contain old or archived SCA and DBA wage determinations.

“ makes information available quickly and easily,” said Tammy D. McCutchen, administrator of the Wage and Hour Division. “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.”

The website is the result of an Inter-Agency Task Force that includes the Wage and Hour Division, the Office of Management and Budget, the General Services Administration, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Commerce’s National Technical Information Service. In May of 2002, the task force started to develop a single website where the public could access federal contract labor standards information and wage determinations. The force wanted to create the website to improve the government’s responsiveness to citizens, especially contractors who work for the federal government.