Open Competition saves Taxpayers $6 Million dollars

Our friends over at posted this blog earlier. It’s amazing what open competition can do for us — in this instance, it’s saving the tax payers $6 Million dollars.

Here’s an excerpt from their blog post:

Taxpayers will save more than $6 million on the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Manchester, New Hampshire, Job Corps Center project thanks to the benefits of fair and open competition free from anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs).

Taxpayers Win Without PLAs

This important example of a federal project bid with and without a PLA requirementundermines baseless claims made by PLA advocates and President Obama’s Executive Order 13502, which encourages federal agencies to mandate PLAs on a case-by-case basis on federal construction projects exceeding $25 million in total costs to “promote the economy and efficiency in federal procurement.”

Actual results proved the opposite is true: The DOL’s PLA mandate reduced competition, increased costs, harmed local businesses and created needless litigation and delays on this federal project.

Government-mandated PLAs remain anti-competitive schemes to steer federal construction contracts and jobs to well-connected unionized contractors and union members. They harm taxpayers, qualified merit shop contractors, skilled nonunion construction workers and result in less building and hinder the creation of construction jobs as the industry faces a 14.7 percent unemployment rate.

Here is a link to an apple-to-apples comparison of bid results of this federal project bid with and without a PLA.

Below is a press release from ABC National about this imortant win for taxpayers and critical case study on the benefits of fair and open competition free from discriminatory PLA mandates.

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