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CONTRACT BUNDLING

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COFPAES is opposed to the use of “contract bundling” by federal agencies in attempting to circumvent the Brooks A/E Act. Contract bundling is most evident in contracts where the government consolidates two or more unrelated contract solicitations for supplies or services into a single solicitation. In such cases where A/E services are not the “dominant […]

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STATE A/E PROCUREMENT

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Background COFPAES believes that legislation similar to the Brooks Act, which applies only to federal A/E design professional contracts, should be enacted by each state for projects subject to state law. Toward that end, COFPAES works closely with the affiliated state organizations of its member societies. To date more than half of the states have […]

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DESIGN-BUILD PROCESS

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COFPAES believes that any acceptable alternative project delivery process should contain certain basic elements: A registered design professional (either in-house or retained) should represent the government throughout the entire project. The design professional, if retained from the private sector, should be selected based on their qualifications and experience according to the requirements of the Brooks […]

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OFFICE OF FEDERAL PROCUREMENT POLICY

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Background When the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) was first conceived, COFPAES and others endorsed and supported the creation of such a body to oversee the procurement policies of the federal government. Although COFPAES has not always agreed with OFPP or its decisions, it continues to believe that OFPP can play an important role […]

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FEDERAL PROCUREMENT OF A/E SERVICES

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Background In the early 1970’s COFPAES undertook a major campaign to secure legislation which would establish a method of professional selection and negotiation for obtaining the services of A/E’s for federal projects. Such legislation was enacted in 1972 and remains as the law applicable to federal agencies. P.L.. 92-582, is known as the Brooks Act, […]

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FAA FUNDING

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COFPAES supports authorizing legislation for the FAA that will increase funding for aviation infrastructure programs to ensure that taxpayers receive value based projects from the FAA. It is important that Congressional leaders ensure protection of the integrity of the Airport and Airways Trust Fund. The trust fund, collected from passenger taxes, fuel charges and other […]

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DEFINITION OF A/E SERVICES

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Background The Brooks Act contains a broad definition of A/E services which states the general attitude of the design professions and federal clients as to basic A/E services. However, problems have been encountered when the agencies in some cases apply the A/E definition too narrowly; thereby, excluding the use of the Brooks Act for professional […]

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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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COFPAES Applauds Federal Acquisition Regulation Change on “Retainage”

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Washington, DC, March 29, 2010 – The Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services (COFPAES) today applauded the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council (FAR Council) for revising one of the most onerous Federal rules impacting small business. The FAR Council has published a final rule revising a clause applied to Federal contracts for architecture and […]

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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 […]