Granting DCRA power to Validate Contractor Training Requirements

Mayor Bowser,

I thank you for allowing citizens to chime in on subject matter that is relevancy to the well being of our city. Last month you had a citizen call in specific to how to deal with the new administration. You did put into action in your discussion for infrastructure projects with President – elect Trump the possible of infrastructure upgrades. Our hopes as Washingtonians, are that through development of federal infrastructure, and DC government projects, the outcomes will include work opportunities for DC residents generated from Federal and former federal sites similar in format to Water Reed. I know some members of the City Council do not always follow through on mandates. dear to your core values, crime ,homeless, and workforce to name a few. They do not seem to get it, that the residual values of the citizens in the District of Columbia requires their support to fully bear the fruits of progress of Washington DC. Mayor Bowser thanks for being our voice and champion.

Expanding upon you letter related to facilitating expanding learning opportunities for DCPS students, we need the following. Expanding workforce initiatives for students graduating from DCPS High Schools, who do not have a clear paths to college requires additional training in workforce development. We still have the time save their well being to live and work in the District of Columbia, through your affordable housing initiatives. The lack of workforce training adds to the cost of government social services, and crime.

Generating more jobs is the solution, and the funding is available. I ask that you link workforce to infrastructure projects. Specifically, the next time you meet with President Trump, please show him the benefits of being a good neighbor, and President. He likes to build things! The suggestion serves his agenda nationally, and Mr. Trump could make the District of Columbia, the envy and model of his legacy for the nation. Through the designation of infrastructure projects as ” Department of Labor, “Designated Workforce Sites” grants funds are automatically put into play for workforce development. Additionally, the new director of the General Services Administration, ( GSA ) could clear the way for inclusive business and workforce development for DC businesses, and residents to participate in GSA federal projects in the District of Columbia. The relevancy nationally and within the District of Columbia, is to find the means to put people to work. The proposal is to assist the Federal government, and the government of the District of Columbia to meet workforce mandates in building infrastructure, through you window to advise Mr. Trump on this subject matter, you help DC and the nation. Please implement as a carrot,and the stick to generate what is required.

To insure placement of DC residents from any training courses for job’s required to be offered to District of Columbia residents by contractors under DC Law 2-156, under the Workforce Innovative Opportunity Act (WIOA) of the Department of Labor over $5,000 per student is available. To put teeth in the implementation process, we propose that DCRA/DOEE be given the administrative powers to verify compliance, for DOES.

Example of a Current Situation

The Department of State’s 44 acre portion of Walter Reed, has no will nor provisions for DC contractor or workforce requirements. We have spoken to the Director of the Department of State for Real Estate services,and like the city council, he is all talk and no substance. Before Walter Reed was disposition by the US Army, the Department of State and the developers promised inclusive development. GABIDDC.org, has prepared 5 courses for EPA and OSHA required for environmental scopes of work on any site for the purposes of implementation on the Walter Reed site, in collaboration with University of the District of Columbia, (UDC). The plan is to train others non-profits entities for coverage of all jobs sites in the District of Columbia. To date nothing has moved forward.
Presently the vast majority of DC residents eligible for (WIOA ) training are not getting any at all. The reason is there exist no accredited training facility in the District of Columbia. The outcomes are that DC residents do not generating the number of jobs that are possible. Most construction projects have issues related to EPA regulations. All projects require OSHA regulations compliance. The issue is the District of Columbia currently has no way of knowing the number of workers required to be certified to perform the scopes of work, (SOW). As a result people in the DC workforce do not get a fair opportunity to be hired, and the District of Columbia looses jobs, certification fee income, and tax dollars that will result in negative fiscal impact in out years. A solution is not possible without asking for proof prior to the start of work from the contractors,as to the specific composition of their workforce. Many contractors bring workers from out of town with expired or no EPA and /or OSHA credentials.

The Solution

Would you please mandate, that the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, (DCRA) , and the Department of Energy and Environment, (DOEE) to be granted administrative powers to verify the number of EPA, and OSHA certified workers on site and certify compliance. The certifications are a federal requirement to perform scopes of work. Without knowing the number of worker required to perform the scopes, is where you might explore how to legally make a differences without going the council.

The Benefits

The outcome of a verification and validations system could determine, if contractors doing business in the District of Columbia have a certified workforce prior to being permitted to start work. Certified compliance will give all confidence that contractors are fulfilling workforce requirements. The process would generate revenues at $65.00 per license issued. DCRA and DOEE would collect approximately $650,000 dollars of fees generated from the certification courses I have prepared for approval by the Department of Energy and Environment. I prepared the courses for the University of the District of Columbia, (UDC), Career Pathways of UDC would benefit from the wraparound funds associated with the individual grants,as well as DHS,DOES, and DC Superior Court, CSOSA system. The proof of need, is verified by the unprecedented number building permits,that requires certified workers to perform the contract services, There exist over 10,000 workers performing scopes of work for contractors in the District of Columbia. We could be train 240 a year at UDC with your input. I have no juice to mover certain people to implement. We have submitted the five courses to (DOEE) for accreditation. similar to what I have certified for the university in previous years, see attachments. DOEE, is proactive and very helpful, in providing solutions. I am exploring a private sector solution with one of the city contractors.

Thank you for listening, your understanding. I hope the justification to establish the mandates is viewed as positive. The City Council has not determined the subject matter worthy of a response. You might visit our website at www.GABIDDC.org, Please review the archived written testimony delivered to the DC City Council on December 13TH 2015. A year has passed and the result are work is about to start,and /or started on 5 DC government owned sites and federal sites. Nothing requested from the City Council nor UDC is in place for your constituencies. I know you can’t do it all by yourself. This council needs to see your requests, and fine the will to implement what is needed.

Thank you
Sincerely,
Michael A. Jackson
(202) 604-3097