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Progress Report: Better Contracting Practices Would Aid the Construction Industry in Florida, Report No. 02-50, October 2002
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  • In response to subcontractor proposals to limit or replace retainage, the 2000 Legislature directed OPPAGA to examine various construction industry practices and recommend whether Florida construction law should be revised.
  • OPPAGA concluded that any legislation that would limit contractual flexibility could interfere with the free market and have a negative effect on the construction industry.  However, to facilitate improved contract negotiations, OPPAGA recommended that the Department of Management Services identify and disseminate best practices that could limit the barriers to final project completion and facilitate the equitable release of retainage.
  • To date, the Department of Management Services has not developed best practice guidelines for construction contracting.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 00-26 Special Review: Inflexibility in Contracting and Retainage Practices Could Hurt Construction Industry, published in December 2000.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Facilities Program

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