Applicability of the Davis-Bacon Act to the Veterans Administration’s Lease of Medical Facilities


The Attorney General has authority to review legal determinations made by the Secretary of Labor under the Davis-Bacon Act.

A lease of a privately owned facility is not a “contract for construction of a public building” within the meaning of the Davis-Bacon Act. The mere fact that a lessor undertakes construction in order to fulfill its obligations is insufficient to convert a lease into such a contract.

Updated July 9, 2014