(Recorded Webinar) Understanding the Davis-Bacon Act: What’s Covered and What’s Not?

Duration: 64 minutes
Recorded on: 2/22/2023

Are you planning a construction or renovation project for your Head Start program?

When most people hear “construction and renovation projects,” they envision complicated, high-cost undertakings. However, requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act apply to even minor projects, like $2,000 for re-painting a facility. For Head Start programs, it is difficult to what is covered and what is excluded from coverage.

The Davis-Bacon Act is a law that, among other things, applies to contractors and subcontractors performing on federally-funded or federally-assisted contracts in excess of $2,000 for the construction, alteration, or repair (including painting and decorating) of public buildings or public works.

These prevailing wage requirements apply to Head Start construction and renovation projects because the Head Start Act incorporates those requirements from the Davis-Bacon Act into the Head Start Act. As a result, Head Start programs must ensure that all laborers are paid “locally prevailing wages” (as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor), even for smaller projects.

In this webinar, we'll provide an overview of the Davis-Bacon Act and discuss the answers to common questions like:

  • What are the relevant Davis-Bacon Act requirements for Head Start programs?
  • What do you need to know about laborers and mechanics, payroll certifications, and required contract clauses?
  • How do I figure out what the locally prevailing wage is in my area?
  • How do you stay in compliance with Davis-Bacon Act requirements?
  • What are the consequences of non-compliance?

Please note: This webinar is offered as a complimentary product to all Head Start Training Package holders. For more information on our Head Start Training Package, click here or Contact Us.

Target Audience

  • Facility Managers
  • Executive Directors
  • Head Start Directors
  • Senior management and staff

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the recent proposed changes to the regulations that implement the Davis-Bacon Act
  • Understand what the Davis-Bacon Act is, and which requirements apply to Head Start programs
  • Determine the prevailing wage for your location
  • Identify strategies to maintain compliance with Davis-Bacon Act requirements
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 


Nicole, a Partner at FTLF, works in the firm’s Federal Grants, Litigation, and Health Law practice groups. Nicole offers her clients specialized guidance in compliance with federal grant law including specific programmatic requirements as well as the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements of Federal Awards. Nicole represents a variety of community-based organizations, before State and Federal courts as well as administrative bodies. [Full Bio]

Certificates of Attendance: We verify attendance upon completion of a webinar (live or recorded version) and will only issue certificates in the name of the account holder enrolled in the course. If you need to document attendance for someone other than the account holder, we provide blank Certificates of Attendance for a supervisor to sign and certify that a different individual viewed the course. 

Group Attendance: Due to the online nature of webinars, we cannot verify participation by more than one person. For groups, we provide an attendance record form and blank Certificates of Attendance to record attendance at a group viewing session and document each individual's participation. We recommend that a supervisor or colleague sign the certificate to certify attendance. 

Read more about maintaining an attendance record in our FAQs.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance


Please login or register to take this course.


Recorded webinars are available for 90 days after the date of purchase or date of the webinar. Once posted to your account, you can view this webinar anytime on-demand during the access period identified in your purchase confirmation. For additional information on viewing and accessing webinars, view our full terms and conditions here.


If you pay by credit card or PayPal, you will be able to access the recorded webinar immediately (unless the live webinar has not yet occurred). If you pay by check, we will grant access to the recording when we receive your check. You will receive a confirmation email once access is granted. FTLF reserves the right to suspend access to the webinar if payment is not received within 30 days. For more information on payments and registration, please visit our FAQ page.


No refunds will be provided for recorded webinars. FTLF can transfer a registration to someone else within your organization or, provided you have not already viewed the webinar, transfer the registration to another on-demand program. Where the registration fee for the new webinar is higher, you must also pay the difference between the original course and the new course registration fee at the time of transfer. Administrative fees may also apply. If your organization purchased a webinar under the account of a staff member who no longer works for your organization, please Contact Us. View our full policy on refunds and cancellations here.

Required Hardware/Software

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are the preferred browsers.