News & Updates


The 2015-17 Wisconsin State Budget (2015 Wisconsin Act 55) modified Wisconsin's prevailing wage laws. Effective January 1, 2017, the administration of state prevailing wage on state building projects will transition from the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) to the Department of Administration/Division of Facilities Development (DOA/DFD). Prevailing hours of labor will be determined by Wis. Stats. 16.856(1)(e) and prevailing wage rates will be as determined by the U.S. Department of Labor 40 U.S.C. 3142 for publication in the applicable project bidding documents. Specific instructions are included in the front end bidding document templates and can be found in the DFDM document library. Please access the links on the DOA Prevailing Wage web page for more information on prevailing wage rates and hours of labor.

The 2013-15 Wisconsin State Budget (2013 Wisconsin Act 20) significantly altered the bidding and contracting processes for state construction projects. In summary, it created a mandatory pre-bid contractor certification program for projects over $50,000 and required that all projects over $185,000 are let through single prime bidding and contracting. Under the new single prime bidding and contracting process, the State will enter into a single contract with the General Prime Contractor (GPC) and the GPC will enter into subcontracts with the successful Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection (MEP) bidders identified by DFDM.

These changes in the law will impact A/Es working on DFDM projects.  Please access the following link for information on these important changes:  Important Notice to Architects/Engineers

Summary of Recent Revisions to the Policy and Procedure Manual

  • Throughout the document, there have been minor reference, grammatical and format edits.
  • Throughout the document, directions have been inserted for naming and submitting required documents onto the DFDM SharePoint Site.
  • Section 4.K.1 and 4.K.2 - Updated to reflect Design Report format and requirements.
  • Section 7.A.10 - Removed Percent for Art Program from requirements.

​See the preface section of the A/E Policy & Procedure Manual for more details.