COFPAES Chairman Christopher Stone today issued the following statement on the passing of former Representative Jack Brooks (D-TX):
“It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of former Congressman Jack Brooks yesterday in Texas at the age of 89. The architect-engineer community will forever be indebted to Chairman Brooks for the leadership and legislative acumen he demonstrated when winning enactment of the 1972 law that codified qualifications based selection for federal procurement of architecture, engineering and related services. That law has affectionately and respectfully become commonly known as the “Brooks Act”. He also wrote the 1988 amendment to the Act that updated the definition of A-E services, including clarification of the law’s application to surveying and mapping services.
COFPAES worked closely with Chairman Brooks for more than 40 years, from the development of the A-E selection legislation beginning in the late 1960s when COFPAES was formed, until his departure from Congress in 1994. Indeed, many members of our profession remained in contact with Mr. Brooks after his retirement.
A further testament to Mr. Brooks’ legacy is the fact that almost every state has enacted its own state law, known as a “mini-Brooks Act”, and the process is included in the American Bar Association’s Model Procurement Code for State and Local Government. The United States is a better place for Jack Brooks’ service in Congress. The American people enjoy and benefit from the wise investment of public dollars in architecture, engineering and related services that has enhanced our quality of life, saved tax dollars, and placed an emphasis on competition in procurement based on demonstrated competence and qualifications.
On behalf of a grateful A-E community, COFPAES extends our deepest sympathies and respect to the family of Jack Brooks.”
Christopher M. Stone P.E., F.NSPE, F.ASCE, LEED AP is chairman of the Council on Federal procurement of Architectural & Engineering Services (COFPAES), a coalition of the major design-related professional societies and associations. He is president of CLARK NEXSEN, an engineering firm based in Norfolk, VA.