Construction Industry Force Account Council

Promoting Transparency Through Public Agency Compliance

Who We Are

The Construction Industry Force Account Council (CIFAC) is a non-profit coalition of concerned construction industry associations, contractors and labor unions that works to ensure State and local governments’ compliance with the Public Contract Code (PCC).

What We Do

Our Regional Compliance Managers use their expertise to make sure that State and local governments comply with the PCC to promote job opportunities, fair bidding and transparency.

How To Help

If you see possible violations, report them to us and we will investigate for you.

Michelle Tucker CIFAC Executive Director

Executive Director’s Message

At CIFAC, we strive every day to fulfill our mission, established more than four decades ago, to stop the use of force account on public works projects. As a 501(c) 6 organization, we specialize in Public Contract Code compliance and education.

Our team consists of dedicated professionals, passionate about the industry and fighting for an equal playing field for all. We are both confident and excited about the job opportunities we are able to increase by holding public agencies accountable to state bidding and contracting laws. Through continuous hard work and dedication, our successes benefit the industry with uniform projects, transparency of government, and increased job opportunities. We are proud of what we have been able to accomplish and continue to fight for the public works industry in an objective manner.

As the Executive Director, I would like to thank you for taking the time to visit our website.
Michelle Pickens



$612,000 Roofing Project Disguised As Less Than $10,000! Not On Our Watch!

By Raquel White Central Regional Compliance Manager Recently, CIFAC received a complaint from an industry partner regarding the Benicia Middle School Seismic Retrofit Upgrades project. The contract valued at $3.7 million included multiple scopes of work for various trade classifications. Although the sheet notes stated that the contractor should hire a preferred contractor for roofing

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CIFAC’s Watchful Eye Leads to County bidding $9.9 million in Pavement Overlay Rehabilitation Project

Recently, CIFAC was approached by an industry partner regarding Madera County crews self-performing work on multiple road projects throughout the County. As a participating member of the California Uniform Construction Cost Accounting Act, the County may self-perform public works projects of $60,000 or less by force account, negotiated contract, or purchase order. The County Board

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There is No Room for Personal Bias in Public Works Awards

By Patricia (Patti) Rascon, Southern Regional Compliance Manager It wasn’t a plant virus invading flora and fauna, but personal bias resulting in two failed attempts to award an annual tree maintenance service contract for one Orange County city. Twice the City invited bids for the annual tree maintenance service contract based on a best value

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Sleight of Hand in Contract Award Makes The Level Playing Field Disappear!

By Patricia (Patti) Rascon, Southern Regional Compliance Manager You know the game, three inverted cups or nutshells are moved about, and contestants must spot the one with a pea or other object underneath. The players in this game are the City of Coachella, CIFAC, and not one but two contactors that we will call Contractor Inc. and

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Persistence Pays Off-CIFAC forces Agencies to Bid Projects

By Tony Morelli, CIFAC Southwestern Regional Compliance Manager   As a result of consistently monitoring Public Agencies and their actions, CIFAC’s Regional Compliance Managers are achieving their objectives through determination and insistence that Public Agencies comply with California’s legal requirements when advertising, bidding or awarding public projects. Two recent examples highlight CIFAC’s success… The Ojai

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Huntington Park Aquatic Center

$31 Million Dollar Project Will Bid!

By Tony Morelli, Southwestern Regional Compliance Manager. – For the last eight Months, CIFAC has been engaged in an on-going battle with the City of Huntington Park concerning the illegal contract award of the construction of their Aquatic Center and Related Amenities Project, located within Salt Lake Park. The City awarded a Design-Build (DB) contract

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