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News Release: Brooks Act Celebrates 48th Anniversary of Enactment

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 – Fairfax, VA – “Today marks the 48 anniversary of the enactment into Federal law of the ‘Brooks Act’, the law providing for qualifications based selection of firms to provide architecture, engineering, and related services, including surveying and mapping,” according to John Palatiello, Administrator of the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services (COFPAES).

On October 27, 1972, President Nixon signed Public Law 92-582.  The law codified the traditional process that emphasizes the importance of quality over low price in the selection of firms to provide architecture, engineering, and related services that dates back to before the Civil War. It provides for the selection of firms to perform architecture, engineering, and related services on the basis of the competence, qualification, background, and track record of competing firms, not the lowest bid. To read the full news release click here

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