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State Allocation Board Update

June 28, 2017

On Wednesday, June 28, the State Allocation Board (SAB) met to hear issues related to actions taken at their meeting on June 5, 2017 (approval of “Option 1”).  Specifically, under Action Items, the agenda included “Regulatory Amendments for Increased Program Accountability” and “Regulatory Amendments for the Financial Hardship Program.” Under Informational Items, the agenda included “School Facility Program Application Processing.”  The following is a summary of each agenda item.

Regulatory Amendments for Increased Program Accountability

At its June 5th meeting, the SAB approved a grant agreement template and conforming regulatory amendments. Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) staff indicated that necessary changes would need to be presented to the SAB if the budget trailer bill was enacted (AB 99 was subsequently signed by the Governor). This item seeks SAB approval for the revised template grant agreement. The item was APPROVED with no discussion.

Regulatory Amendments for the Financial Hardship Program

These proposed regulatory amendments would allow districts seeking Financial Hardship assistance to submit a request for funding without a pre-approved Financial Hardship status. This would allow a Financial Hardship approval process by accepting the Form SAB 50-04 when districts are ready to submit, and conducting a Financial Hardship review at the time the application is processed, prior to placement on the Unfunded List. CASH has advocated for this improvement to the Financial Hardship Program for many years and fully supports this proposal. This item was APPROVED with no discussion.

School Facility Program Application Processing

At their June 5th meeting, the SAB directed OPSC staff to begin processing the Applications Received Beyond Bond Authority List, as well as newly submitted applications. In this item, OPSC staff presented information to the SAB on how they will process the projects previously on this list, as well as Approved Applications for new construction and modernization projects received on or after April 1, 2017, that are now on the OPSC workload list. Included in the approval of “Option 1” was the requirement that districts must recalculate their enrollment and SFP eligibility. CASH strongly objects to this action. CASH Vice Chair Julie Arthur (Palm Springs USD) testified that CASH believes that the provisions of “Option 1” are inconsistent with statute, and asked the SAB to revisit the issue. No request to revisit “Option 1” or action was taken on this item because it was not an Action item.

The next SAB meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

~ CASH Staff

Facility Planners Meeting Update – February 2016

February 2, 2016

Kindergarten through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of
2016
In response to the lack of state funding for school facilities, the Coalition for Adequate
School Housing (C.A.S.H.) has qualified a State School Bond for the November 2016
statewide General Election ballot. C.A.S.H. will proceed with its State School Bond on the
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DIR Notice to Public Works Contractors and Subcontractors: eCPR System on Hold Pending Upgrades

January 25, 2016

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has posted a notice informing contractors and subcontractors that enforcement of the requirement to post payroll online using its electronic certified payroll reporting (eCPR) system is temporarily on hold. Continue reading

Facility Planners Meeting – November 2015

November 3, 2015

Legislative Update
The Legislature concluded its business for the year on September 11, 2015, and will reconvene in Sacramento on January 4, 2016. The Governor had until October 11, 2015, to sign or veto bills. Below is an update on final actions for C.A.S.H. priority bills that made it to the Governor’s desk. Continue reading

New DIR Website Includes Links to DIR Public Works/Awarding Body Activity

July 28, 2015

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has launched its new website: http://www.dir.ca.gov/Public-Works/PublicWorks.html, which provides specific “links” for Awarding Bodies, Contractors, Apprentices, Prevailing Wage, and Certified Payroll Reporting.  There is a link on the main page for a searchable database for public works projects (public access). This link is important because the search will reveal the “DIR Project ID” number that is critical for the contractors’ ability to enter their certified payroll reports into the electronic Certified Payroll Records (eCPR) system. Awarding Bodies cannot see this number on their version of the form PWC-100 after it is filed – they must access the public version to obtain the number and then provide it to their contractor(s). Continue reading

A Letter from Robert Pierce to the Legislative Advisory Committee

July 21, 2015

Dear Legislative Advisory Committee Members:

At the May 27th Board of Directors meeting, I was humbled to be appointed Chair of the Legislative Advisory Committee (LAC) by Jenny Hannah, C.A.S.H. Chair.  I am honored to follow in the shoes of Don Ulrich, who is now C.A.S.H. Vice Chair and Chair of the Annual Conference Planning Committee; this is a significant and exciting challenge that I am eager to fulfill. Continue reading

State Allocation Board Meeting Notes – June 30, 2015

July 6, 2015

Minutes
The minutes from the May 27, 2015, meeting were approved unanimously.

Executive Officer Statement

Lisa Silverman provided updates on the following:

  • Current Priority Funding Filing Round – The current filing period opened on May 13, 2015, and closed June 11, 2015.  Requests will be valid from July 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015.  Twelve projects totaling $11.2 million received a second occurrence for non-participation in this round had have been rescinded without further State Allocation Board action.

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New Requirements of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) for Public Schools

January 16, 2015

The Implementation of Senate Bill 854

Labor Compliance

Background and Policy Goal

Labor compliance is the active monitoring of a public works project to ensure that the State’s labor laws are being followed. It includes the review of payroll records to determine that prevailing wages are being paid by contractors and subcontractors who work on a public works project. Labor compliance policy has been a legislative priority for the past decade commencing in 2003. The legislature in 2014 took action to initiate a significant change in labor compliance policy with SB 854.

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Notice to Awarding Bodies Regarding SB 854-Public Works Legislation

September 15, 2014

The following notice was sent our recently from the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR)

Recently passed legislation (SB 854) made several changes to the laws governing how the Department of Industrial Relations administers and enforces prevailing wage requirements on public works projects.  Among other things, SB 854 established a new public works contractor registration program, covering all public works projects, to replace prior Compliance Monitoring Unit (CMU) and Labor Compliance Program (LCP) requirements for bond-funded and other specified projects.
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