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Metro’s Regulatory Changes

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTOR REGISTRATION LAW

ALERT: Registration Renewal for DIR’s Contractor Database is now open. Registration should be renewed by July 1, 2016. Renewal between July 2nd and September 30, 2016 will result in a $300 fine, in addition to the $300 registration fee. Renewals after September 30, 2016 will result in a $2,000 fine, in addition to the $300 registration fee.

State law requires contractors to register using the California Department of Industrial Relation’s (DIR) online application before bidding on public works contracts.  Applications and renewals are to be completed online with a non-refundable annual fee of $300.  The application also gives agencies that administer public works programs a searchable database of qualified contractors. 

No contractor/subcontractor may be listed on a new bid/proposal for work on a Metro public works project unless registered. No contractor/subcontractor may be awarded a new contract for work on a Metro public works project unless registered with the DIR. All contractors on active Metro prevailing wage contracts must be registered with the DIR database. 

For more information, please visit DIR’s webpage.

Information for Contractors: http://www.dir.ca.gov/Public-Works/Contractors.html

Registration Page: https://efiling.dir.ca.gov/PWCR/

Updated: 07/07/2016

Metro’s Proposed Medium-Size Business Enterprise Program

Metro intends to establish a Medium-Size Business Enterprise Program (click to get info).  

Metro has reviewed and considered all comments received for the Medium-Sized Business Enterprise Program.  Public Comment Response, please find Metro’s response to all comments received. 

Thank you for your participation and continued partnership in helping Metro implement this important program.  Metro intends to launch this pilot program in the Fall of 2016.  

Metro’s Industry Forum:  Transformation through Transportation

LA Metro held its first Industry Forum: Transformation Through Transportation on February 11, 2016 at the JW Marriott in downtown Los Angeles.  It was attended by over 500 transportation leaders.  View the materials presented at the forum.

New Construction Change Order Streamlining Initatives

In November 2014, Metro's Board approved a set of construction change order streamlining initiatives that will reduce the amount of time needed to complete the approval and negotiation process associated with individual construction change orders.  The new Metro policy and adopted procedures sets a goal of 60 days for the timely processing of all construction change orders to minimize costs and risks to contractors and subcontractors.

The new streamlined process establishes clear roles and responsibilities for Metro and its construction contractors to improve the time needed to define scopes of work, submit contractor proposals, estimate change order costs, fact find and negotiate.  The new process also identifies methods for addressing change order disputes in a manner that will minimize the impact to contractors and their subcontractors.

Metro construction project staff is currently undergoing training on the new procedures and will be meeting with their construction contractors to coordinate and implement the new processes.

Following the application of the new change order procedures, Metro will convene a construction contractor forum with key construction contractors and subcontractors to discuss ways to implement prompt payment reforms to the change order process to fully eliminate risks and cost impacts to the contractor and subcontractor community.

 

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