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 […]