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Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Publishes Final Revisions to OMB Circular A-131, Value Engineering

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The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is publishing final revisions to OMB Circular A-131, Value Engineering, to update and reinforce policies associated with the consideration and use of value engineering (VE). VE is a well-established commercial practice for cutting waste and inefficiency that can help Federal […]

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Pat Olson Elected COFPAES Chairman

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Reston, VA – The Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services (COFPAES) announced the election of Patrick A. “Pat” Olson, PE, PLS, CP (Aero-Metric, Inc., Sheboygan, WI) to the position of Chairman. Olson was elected to a one year term by the delegates from the five COFPAES member organizations on October 14 during […]

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STATES SEEK LIMITS ON OFF-SHORE SUBCONTRACTING

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At the COFPAES delegates meeting in Washington, DC in November, there was discussion of the practice of sending subcontract work to off-shore entities. Delegates agreed to explore whether there were homeland security concerns about the practice. It turns out others are concerned about this issue as well. The legislation is pending in state legislatures to […]

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Comments on Bunding to the FAR Secretariat

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General Services Administration FAR Secretariat (MVA) 1800 F Street NW Room 4035 Washington DC 20405 Attention: Ms. Laurie Duarte Subject: FAR Case 2002-029: Contract Bundling Dear Ms. Duarte: The Council on Federal Procurement of Architecture & Engineering Services (COFPAES) appreciates the opportunity to comment on a proposed rule to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) […]

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MIKULSKI AMENDMENT REJECTED; CONFERENCE POSSIBLE

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  The U.S. Senate defeated an amendment to the Omnibus FY2003 Appropriations Bill, offered by Sen.. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), by a 50-47 vote on January 23. Earlier, by a 50-48 vote, the Senate approved an amendment by Sen. Craig Thomas (R-WY) that was intended to pre-empt the Mikulski Amendment. It would prohibit arbitrary competitive sourcing […]

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AGRICULTURE AGENCY PROPOSES A-76 STUDY OF CIVIL ENGINEERING

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Natural Resource Conservation Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has issued a notice that it intends to conduct an OMB Circular A-76 public-private competition for civil engineering technician services, including a variety of services to include “field investigations and topographic surveys, inventories of soils, livestock, water resources, collection of data for planning, […]