Most BHA projects are funded at least in part by federal dollars, so either HUD wage rates or Davis Bacon wage rates apply. BHA has few jobs that require Davis Bacon wage and fringe rates, and the contractor will be informed that these apply in the solicitation for the project. The applicable wage determination will be included as part of the solicitation packet and will be finalized in the contract executed by the Bremerton Housing Authority and the contractor. The wage and fringe rates provided in the solicitation must be used when developing the proposed estimate for the work.
When determining whether the contractor pays any fringe benefits to third parties (needed to determine what amount the employee will be paid per hour for both wage and fringe benefits), HUD states the following in its "A Contractor's Guide to Prevailing Wage Requirements for Federally-Assisted Construction Projects" (January 2012):
Fringe benefits can include health insurance premiums, retirement contributions, life insurance, vacation and other paid leave as well as some contributions to training funds. Fringe benefits do not include employer payments or contributions required by other Federal, State or local laws, such as the employer's contribution to Social Security or some disability insurance payments.