Action on Issues

Action on Issues include information on a variety of issues of importance to professional engineers. Each issue includes background information, NSPE's position, and references to more information.

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Threats to Professional Licensure

The debate over the role of government in regulating occupations and professions has recently come to the forefront. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupational licensing directly affects nearly 30% of U.S. workers. Barbers, cosmetologists, florists, interior designers, naturopaths, manicurists … and the list goes on. Read more ...

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Qualifications-Based Selection of Engineering Services

Qualifications-based selection is a procedure whereby service providers are retained on the basis of qualifications, rather than price factors. Under the QBS method, the procuring agency reviews the qualifications submitted by interested individuals and firms, ranks respondents, and then negotiates with the most qualified respondent for a mutually agreeable contract. Read more ...

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Licensure of Federal Engineers

The regulation of engineering practice takes place at the state level. All states and territories have laws and regulations covering engineering practice and they have licensing boards that ensure the laws and regulations are followed. Read more ...

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Licensing by Engineering Discipline

The licensing of engineers began in Wyoming in 1907 to protect the public from untrained individuals practicing engineering and surveying. Today, all states and territories license professional engineers to protect the public health, safety, and welfare. Read more ...

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Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous vehicles have captured the imagination—and the anxiety—of the public. How can PEs ensure that the same values of safety and reliability that went into building the nation’s physical transportation infrastructure are applied to this emerging technology? Read more ...