Call to Action – Act Now on AB 1019 (Chiu)

CIFAC sponsored legislation, AB 1019 (Chiu), which would ensure optimal operation and industry oversite regarding the California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act has made it through the legislative process and now awaits action by Governor Brown. AB 1019 removes an outdated requirement that staff only be made available by the State Controller’s Office to the California Uniform Construction Cost Accounting Commission, who administers the Act, if it does not interfere with other business of the State Controller’s Office.

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PLEASE MAIL or FAX LETTERS OF SUPPORT ON YOUR LETTERHEAD AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AS THE GOVERNOR WILL BE TAKING ACTION ON AB 1019 VERY SOON!

Below is the contact information for Governor Brown. (Please also fax a copy of your letter to our office at (925) 957-1800.)
Governor Edmund “Jerry” G. Brown, Jr.
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814

FAX: (916) 558-3160

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Sample Letter for AB 1019 Chiu PDF

Thank you for your assistance!

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Governor Edmund “Jerry” G. Brown, Jr.
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814

RE: AB 1019 (Chiu) – California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act – Request for Signature

Dear Governor Brown:

On behalf of ___ Insert Your Organization/Company Name Here___, I am pleased to make you aware of our strong support for AB 1019 (Chiu).

The Public Contract Code spells out the procedures that local officials follow when they build public works projects, including limits on the contracts' values. The Legislature enacted the California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act (Act) in 1983 to promote statewide uniformity of cost accounting standards and flexibility in bidding procedures on construction work performed or contracted by public entities in California. The Act is a voluntary program that is available to all public entities in the State. When counties, cities, special districts, school districts, and community college districts voluntarily adopt the standards and procedures of the Act, they can utilize increased limits for their contracts (Public Contract Code §22000, enacted by AB 1666, Cortese, 1983). Specifically, the Act allows public projects costing $45,000 or less to be performed by the public agency’s force account, by negotiated contract, or by purchase order. Projects costing $175,000 or less can use informal bidding procedures set forth in the Act.

The Act also created the Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Commission (the Commission), which is responsible for administering the Act. The 14-member Commission, which must meet at least once a year, administers the Act and provides technical support to public agencies by prescribing uniform construction cost accounting procedures for agencies that opt into the Act. The Commission also reviews public complaints and recommends audits when the criteria of the Act are not fulfilled. In addition, the Commission conducts meetings open to the public, provides a manual for use by public agencies signatory to the Act, and maintains a Commission web page on the State Controller’s Office (SCO) website. Commissioners also facilitate and participate in outreach and training to participating agencies, candidate agencies, and professional organizations.

The SCO provides staff and other support to the Commission for its operations, where such support does not hinder the Controller’s other business. Current law is unclear on the extent to which the controller must staff and service the Commission and the agencies subject to the Act. AB 1019 removes the requirement that staff only be made available by the SCO to the California Uniform Construction Cost Accounting Commission if it does not interfere with the other business of the SCO. This change will ensure that the Commission’s operating statutes provide for the greatest amount of functionality and efficiency. The total amount of participating agencies in the Act has grown to over 1000. When the Act was founded in 1983, the number of agencies that had volunteered to be governed by the Act was no more than 100. Ensuring the Commission has the ability to service and responds to the greatly increased number of participating agencies is imperative to the continued success of the Act.

For these reasons, we are in strong support of AB 1019 and urge your signature.

Sincerely,

___Your Name and Title___