COFPAES Statement to Congressional Leadership on Earmarks vs. Project Authorizations

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The newly-elected Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is considering a prohibition on “earmarks,” the practice of designating funding for specific projects outside of normal Congressional processes. The Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural & Engineering Services (COFPAES) urges the leadership to act in a careful and responsible manner in developing and implementing this policy so that […]

QBS Text/Brooks Act (40 U.S.C.1101 et.seq)

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1101. Policy. The policy of the Federal Government is to publicly announce all requirements for architectural and engineering services and to negotiate contracts for architectural and engineering services on the basis of demonstrated competence and qualification for the type of professional services required and at fair and reasonable prices.

Selecting Architects and Engineers for Public Building Projects: An Analysis and Comparison of the Maryland and Florida Systems

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Design professionals play a critical role in the public building process. The quality of the design services provided by the architect or engineer is the single most important factor in determining the overall construction costs and life-cycle costs of a building. Since design services represent only a small percentage of the initial construction budget, it is in the best […]

COFPAES Promotes Value of A/E Licensing

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“Licensing of A/E professionals is critical to public health, welfare, and safety. All 50 states (and the territories) license the design professions, including your home state of Missouri. Licensing in architecture began in 1897 and in engineering and surveying in 1907.  It is important to note that licensing of A/E practitioners is not uniquely American, […]

Construction Industry Procurement Coalition Urge Senate Support of Construction Consensus Procurement Improvement Act of 2014

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“We, the undersigned construction industry trade and professional organizations representing tens of thousands of firms and individuals engaged in architecture, engineering, surveying and mapping, prime contracting, subcontracting, specialty trade contracting, supplying, and surety bond producing, strongly urge you to introduce or cosponsor the enclosed bill—the Construction Consensus Procurement Improvement Act of 2014—that would help increase […]

Contracting Away Accountability-Reverse Auctions in Federal Agency Acquisitions

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Since its inception in 1966, the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural & Engineering Services (COFPAES) has provided the design community with a common voice on federal procurement law and regulations. COFPAES continues to serve the American public as a well known and respected forum for the consideration of policy and operational changes in the selection procedures for design […]

Statement to the Office of Federal Procurement Policy

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Administrator Jordan, members of the OFPP staff, I am John Palatiello and I appear today on behalf of several clients in the Federal procurement community. As an individual integrally involved in the passage of the Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act in 1998, I have a keen and longstanding interest in the subject of today’s […]

“Construction of buildings or structures intended to be secure from electronic eavesdropping or other penetration by foreign governments”

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COFPAES is deeply concerned about the discussion of “Construction of buildings or structures intended to be secure from electronic eavesdropping or other penetration by foreign governments” under the “illustrative list … of functions that are closely associated with the performance of inherently governmental functions.”    Our concern is the fact that this language could result in the design and construction […]

Congratulations on your nomination and confirmation as Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP)

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Congratulations on your nomination and confirmation as Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP). We look forward to working with you to advance best practices in Federal acquisition, including the time-tested and proven qualifications based selection (QBS) process for architecture, engineering and related (A/E) services, codified in 40 U.S.C. 1101 et. seq., and implemented in part 36.6 […]