The Council on the Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services sponsored a Qualifications-Based Selection Contracting for A&E Services workshop, where U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chief of Architect-Engineer Management Bruce Ware, P.E., taught a sold-out crowd of agency and private-sector professionals.
COFPAES also held its semi-annual Federal Architecture and Engineering Forum. Speakers included agency and congressional staff members who encouraged dialog among the agency and private-sector audience by discussing procurement issues and asking for feedback. Molly Wilkinson, Republican Deputy General Counsel for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, discussed the outlook for acquisition policy in the 112 th Congress. Geoff Bowman, staff member for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, warned of the potential difficulties stemming from the end of earmarks.
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden and NSPE Delegate to COFPAES Kent Buehrer, P.E., F.NSPE, attended both events. NSPE is a founding member of COFPAES, an organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the Brooks Act (PL 92-582) and the use of QBS.