SB 854, Public Works, Escape Online 5, and You

Under_ConstructionI recently attended CASBO’s 12th Annual Mini-Conference and Vendor Expo at Twin Rivers Unified School District.  While there I sat in on a workshop led by Ruth Hall titled “The Ins and Outs of Public Works: Staying Up-to-Date and Compliant." The presentation included an overview of Public Works and some various other topics, but it was primarily centered on SB 854 – the Public Works Contractor Registration Program. I left the workshop with a basic understanding of the new regulation:

  • As of March 1, 2015, contractors and subcontractors must be registered with the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) in order to bid or be listed in a bid for public works. (Registration must be done annually and costs $300.)
  • As of April 1, 2015, no contractors or subcontractors may perform work on any public works project unless they’re registered.
  • For all projects over $1,000, districts will need to verify that contractors and subcontractors are registered and have not been debarred.
  • Districts will need to complete an online project award notice (PWC-100) for every project over $1,000.

Of course there was a lot more information given, but those were the main points I took away. My first thought was, “This is going to be quite a bit of extra work for purchasing staff!” That thought was followed by, “How can Escape make this easier for our customers?”

Ideas are whirling around my brain, but we’d like to know your thoughts. Comment below or contact your customer care representative with your suggestions on how Escape can best help you meet the requirements of this new regulation! You can also stay informed of our progress by checking our regulatory changes page.