In an effort to stimulate the economy, federal and state government agencies are seeking to promote new construction projects. This trend of government involvement in construction projects is likely to continue. When the government is involved, it is important to know whether this involvement causes public contracting laws to apply.

Governmental involvement in a construction project can range from outright ownership to a behind-the-scenes role in financing. Multiple governmental agencies may be involved in a single project. If you have a project in which a federal or state agency is involved, you risk substantial penalties for failing to follow applicable public contracting laws.

There are many federal and state laws that may apply if the government is involved in a project. In Part 2 of this post, I’ll link to a list of some of the federal laws.