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22.503 Policy.

22.503 Policy.

      (a) Project labor agreements are a tool that agencies may use to promote economy and efficiency in Federal procurement. Pursuant to Executive Order 13502, agencies are encouraged to consider requiring the use of project labor agreements in connection with large-scale construction projects.

      (b) An agency may, if appropriate, require that every contractor and subcontractor engaged in construction on the project agree, for that project, to negotiate or become a party to a project labor agreement with one or more labor organizations if the agency decides that the use of project labor agreements will-

           (1) Advance the Federal Government’s interest in achieving economy and efficiency in Federal procurement, producing labor-management stability, and ensuring compliance with laws and regulations governing safety and health, equal employment opportunity, labor and employment standards, and other matters; and

           (2) Be consistent with law.

      (c) Agencies may also consider the following factors in deciding whether the use of a project labor agreement is appropriate for the construction project:

           (1) The project will require multiple construction contractors and/or subcontractors employing workers in multiple crafts or trades.

           (2) There is a shortage of skilled labor in the region in which the construction project will be sited.

           (3) Completion of the project will require an extended period of time.

           (4) Project labor agreements have been used on comparable projects undertaken by Federal, State, municipal, or private entities in the geographic area of the project.

           (5) A project labor agreement will promote the agency’s long term program interests, such as facilitating the training of a skilled workforce to meet the agency’s future construction needs.

           (6) Any other factors that the agency decides are appropriate.