Posts Tagged ‘first source’

Is the District Unconstitutionally Forcing Contractors to Hire Local?

For years now, contractors have complained about District rules that require them to hire local residents on construction projects built with city money (which, most of the time, they haven't obeyed). Last year, the D.C. Council tightened the First Source law even further, mandating that D.C. residents account for a majority of the hours worked [...]

“It’s Free Money”: D.C. Now Paying Contractors Extra to Hire Local

Today, the Office of Public Education Facilities Management officially launched a pilot program that will pay contractors extra for doing what the District failed to make them do by law.
At least 100 construction industry-types filed into the Capitol View Terrace Lounge at RFK Stadium this morning to hear more details beyond the announcement at the [...]

Gray Talks Up Walter Reed, First Source Incentives

You've got to hand it to Bisnow, the sprawling business newsletter company that makes money off its industry events: It's got a way of pairing panelists. Case in point: Yesterday's packed event at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, headlined by Mayor Vince Gray in conversation by his former rival's right-hand man, Neil Albert.
The chat was sadly [...]

Latest Batch of Contracts Shows Even More Pathetic First Source Compliance

Last year, an inspector general's report concluded that District had lost hundreds of jobs and million of dollars in potential tax revenue by failing to enforce First Source requirements for hiring of District residents on city-funded projects, mostly from the National Capitol Revitalization Commission era. Preliminary results from the latest batch of self-reported hiring totals, [...]

Training Day: If D.C. can get its people hired at the feds’ St. E’s, its own projects should be a snap.

On Dec. 18, 2009, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton stood in front of a group of safety vest–clad construction apprentices to announce the biggest single economic opportunity the District has ever seen: the 16,000 construction jobs to be created by the new Department of Homeland Security headquarters on the St. Elizabeths Hospital campus in Ward 8.
“We [...]

Meet the New Boss: DMPED’s Victor Hoskins

We're continuing our introductions of new agency directors today with Mayor Vince Gray's nominee for Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Victor Hoskins. He's a charismatic guy who'll both laugh uproariously and cry in public–but this city will depend more on how well he can push slow-moving projects through the pipeline than how well [...]

Auditor Slams Fenty Administration for Stonewalling on First Source Program

The Fenty administration hasn't only failed to enforce requirements for hiring of District residents on city-funded projects. It also made it really difficult for the D.C. auditor to find out how bad the enforcement actually is.
District Auditor Deborah Nichols told the council's Committee on Economic Development this morning that she had to sue the executive [...]