The BPDA’s Compliance Department's mission is twofold. The Developer Compliance Group reviews, tracks, and monitors the progress of commitments made for privately funded projects that are subject to the Article 80 process of the Boston Zoning Code. These commitments include both monetary and non-monetary obligations.
The Contract Compliance Group’s mission is to increase employment opportunities for Boston residents, minorities, and women as enumerated in the Boston Residents Jobs Policy. The Contract Compliance Group also ensures workers receive the correct wage rate on projects subject to the federal Davis-Bacon Act and the Commonwealth’s prevailing wage act.
Role at the Agency
The Contract Compliance Officers are in the field, hold weekly meetings with general contractors and subcontractors, and work closely with union stewards and business agents. The Contract Compliance Group ensures that general contractors continually make a “best faith effort” to comply with the goals enumerated in the Boston Residents Jobs Policy. On a trade-by-trade basis, the goal is to achieve total worker hours of 50% residents, 25% minorities, and 10% women.
The Developer Compliance Group works closely with the BPDA legal department, administration and finance, developers, and the BPDA project managers to ensure commitments are measureable and quantifiable, and that the developer meets those commitments on a timely basis.
The Compliance Department identifies job opportunities for residents, minorities, and women by working with contractors, unions, stakeholders, and the community. They also respond to constituent requests regarding developer commitments, City Council requests, testify at hearings, and coordinate with other city departments.