Construction Industry Force Account Council

Promoting Transparency Through Public Agency Compliance


We get results. At the beginning of 2016, CIFAC influenced the City College of San Francisco to bid $4 million worth of campus construction projects that were slated to be done in‐house or on an emergency basis, to year’s end. At the end of the year, we turned around a $1.5 million street landscaping project in Baldwin Park. As of December 31, 2016, there were 148 investigations with a total value of $582,222,260.

Legislative victories. Our highest priority in the California Legislature is to retain the status quo on force account limits to ensure that more public work goes out to the private sector. CIFAC’s record of 13 pieces of legislation, that were signed into law to help the industry and clarify contracting rules for public agencies, was enhanced in 2016 by our success in supporting bills that made the process known as “Lease lease‐back” in public school construction a more fair and transparent alternative bidding method. Our support of transparency legislation in the 2016 session will help our Regional Compliance Managers gain easier access to public documents and records which is always a challenge.

Deterrence. At this point, I want to take a moment to mention a largely unrecognized component of CIFAC’s work: “deterrence.” I am happy to report from my participation at County Supervisors Association of California/County Engineers Association of California (CSAC/CEAC) events, and the League of California Cities (LCC) Partnership program, together with feedback from our own Regional Compliance Managers, that local governments know who we are and what we do. Our presence is a strong deterrent to their temptation to go to the dark side on “force account” issues. Although hard to measure exactly, our estimate is that it amounts to a minimum of $8 billion in the past 7 years.