Federal Agencies See Limited Opportunity for Private Firms


November 2011

Federal Agencies See Limited Opportunity for Private Firms

In September, the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services hosted a Federal Markets Conference in Washington, D.C., where federal agency representatives discussed their programs, the expected FY12 budget, and their anticipated needs for private-sector A/E services in the coming years.
As expected, most agencies predicted a tight budget in FY12 with limited opportunities for private-sector A/E professionals, although speakers were careful to note that there will be some work available. The exception was international work: the Department of State Bureau of Overseas Building Operations, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Millennium Challenge Corp. are all expanding facilities or operations that will require A/E services.
Overarching themes included increasing the use of design-build, enhancing energy efficiency in an effort to increase cost savings, and integrating BIM into the design process.

Other participating agencies included the General Services Administration, the Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection, the Air Force, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and the Federal Highway Administration.

To view agency presentations from the COFPAES Federal Markets Conference, including specific information on upcoming federal contracting opportunities, visit http://cofpaes.org/JAECFC.php.