Co-authored for theHeritage Foundation.
Should government agencies use the best information possible? For more than 80 years, the Labor Department has answered that question in the negative.
The Davis–Bacon Act (DBA) of 1931 requires federal construction contractors to pay their workers at least the “prevailing wage” in their locality. The Act charges the Labor Department with estimating these prevailing wage rates. Fortunately, the Labor Department has a dedicated agency that specializes in calculating such labor statistics.