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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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Are You a Vendor?

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By MARVIN E. MILLER, PLS, PPS, RPp, CPo MAPPS PRESIDENT Like many of you, I am an educated individual and a licensed professional. I spent many years on my education and a considerable amount of time in training and experience to get where I am today. That is why when I hear the professionals in this community referred to as “vendors” it has […]

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Palatiello Testifies Before House Small Business Committee on Procurement Methods

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Reston, VA, March 6, 2008 — John M. Palatiello, Administrator of the Council on FederalProcurement of Architectural and Engineering Services (COFPAES) testified before the House of Representatives, Committee of Small Business, in a hearing on “Are New Procurement Methods Beneficial to Small Business Contracts?” today, Thursday, March 6, 2008. Palatiello provided the committee with an […]

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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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COFPAES Comment on DFARS Case

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Defense Acquisition Regulations Council Attn: Ms. Susan Schneider OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DAR) IMD 3C132 3062 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-3062 Re: DFARS Case 2002-D003 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Competition Requirements for Purchases from a Required Source Dear Ms. Schneider: The Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services (COFPAES), is a coalition of […]

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OFPP Clarifies Construction is NOT a Commercial Item

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MEMORANDUM FOR AGENCY SENIOR PROCUREMENT EXECUTIVES FROM: Angela B. Styles (signed), OFPP Administrator SUBJECT: Applicability of FAR Part 12 to Construction Acquisitions Questions periodically arise as to whether construction needs may be acquired using the policies of FAR Part 12, which addresses the acquisition of commercial items. For the reasons discussed below, Part 12, as […]

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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) […]