Force Account Construction Management Course Description. This course covers information on how a tribe, Indian Housing Authority (IHA), or Tribally Designated Housing Entity (TDHE) can set up, use, and manage a Force Account Construction program to construct new homes or rehabilitate existing homes. During this course, students will learn about the many options available to them when it comes to developing homes for their people. More specifically, students will learn about the benefits of the Force Account method, how it can provide their housing program with the opportunity to maintain direct control over construction activities, and at the same time promote the employment of local workers by acting as a general contractor when performing construction jobs. Students will also learn about the pros and cons of managing a Force Account program. For example, a properly administered Force Account program can be advantageous to a tribe’s housing program and at the same time provide substantial cost savings. On the other hand, Force Account can be a risky venture and may pose problems if it is not properly managed. To be able to evaluate which method is best, students will also learn about general construction management practices; how to effectively manage a construction work force; how the contracting and sub-contracting process works; how to identify potential problems in the construction process; how to decide which local/state/federal labor requirements may be applicable; how to develop a budget for a construction project; and finally, what procurement requirements are applicable.
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