Construction Industry Force Account Council

Promoting Transparency Through Public Agency Compliance

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We get Results

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.

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.


I’d like 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 a minimum of $8 billion in the past 7 years.

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