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DESIGN-BUILD PROCESS

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COFPAES believes that any acceptable alternative project delivery process should contain certain basic elements: A registered design professional (either in-house or retained) should represent the government throughout the entire project. The design professional, if retained from the private sector, should be selected based on their qualifications and experience according to the requirements of the Brooks […]

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OFFICE OF FEDERAL PROCUREMENT POLICY

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Background When the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) was first conceived, COFPAES and others endorsed and supported the creation of such a body to oversee the procurement policies of the federal government. Although COFPAES has not always agreed with OFPP or its decisions, it continues to believe that OFPP can play an important role […]

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FEDERAL PROCUREMENT OF A/E SERVICES

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Background In the early 1970’s COFPAES undertook a major campaign to secure legislation which would establish a method of professional selection and negotiation for obtaining the services of A/E’s for federal projects. Such legislation was enacted in 1972 and remains as the law applicable to federal agencies. P.L.. 92-582, is known as the Brooks Act, […]

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FAA FUNDING

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COFPAES supports authorizing legislation for the FAA that will increase funding for aviation infrastructure programs to ensure that taxpayers receive value based projects from the FAA. It is important that Congressional leaders ensure protection of the integrity of the Airport and Airways Trust Fund. The trust fund, collected from passenger taxes, fuel charges and other […]

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DEFINITION OF A/E SERVICES

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Background The Brooks Act contains a broad definition of A/E services which states the general attitude of the design professions and federal clients as to basic A/E services. However, problems have been encountered when the agencies in some cases apply the A/E definition too narrowly; thereby, excluding the use of the Brooks Act for professional […]

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COFPAES Applauds Federal Acquisition Regulation Change on “Retainage”

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Washington, DC, March 29, 2010 – The Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services (COFPAES) today applauded the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council (FAR Council) for revising one of the most onerous Federal rules impacting small business. The FAR Council has published a final rule revising a clause applied to Federal contracts for architecture and […]

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Offshore Subcontracting Under Federal Government Contracts

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Offshore Subcontracting Under Federal Government Contracts January 27, 2004 Mr. John Palatiello Executive Director Management Association for Photogrammetric Surveyors 1760 Reston Parkway, Suite 515 Reston, VA 20190 Re: Offshore Subcontracting Under Federal Government Contracts Dear Mr. Palatiello: At your request, Crowell & Moring LLP has examined the risks that member companies of the Management Association […]