NSPE Coalition Sponsors Federal A/E Forum

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services sponsored a forum for federal agency representatives and design professionals regarding A/E procurement issues. Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI-2) discussed the Federal Prisons Accountability Act of 2012 (H.R. 3634), which would require the Federal Prison Industries to compete with the private sector for government contracts. Small Business Administration Office of Size Standards Director Khem Sharma spoke about the recent increase in the A/E size standard for small businesses, noting that SBA has not received negative feedback following the increase. U.S. Census Bureau Geographic Program Management Assistant Division Chief Leslie Godwin discussed the Geography Division's funding needs and use of mapping technology.General Services Administration Multiple Awards Schedule Program Director Robin Bourne sparked a lengthy debate with his presentation on GSA's Multiple Awards Schedules. NSPE and COFPAES have long objected to GSA's inclusion of a Professional Engineering Services Schedule in its program. Services contracted through GSA's Multiple Awards Schedules are based on price, while federal agencies are required to procure A/E services using qualifications-based selection. While GSA claims it does not allow design services to be listed on its Multiple Awards Schedules, A/E services are regularly found on the Schedules in violation of the law. NSPE and COFPAES will continue to work with GSA to resolve the issue.NSPE is a founding member of COFPAES, an organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the Brooks Act (PL 92-582) and the use of qualifications-based selection.