NSPE commented on regulations that impede the engineering profession as part of the Department of Transportation's periodic regulatory review. Under Executive Order 13563, all agencies must periodically review their existing regulations to determine whether regulations should be modified, streamlined, expanded, or repealed to make regulatory programs more effective and less burdensome in achieving regulatory objectives. NSPE's comments focused on the lengthy environmental clearance process, inconsistent application of qualifications-based selection, the Federal Highway Administration's conflict of interest policy, inconsistent models of quality assurance, and outdated pipeline safety standards. NSPE will present these comments before DOT on March 14.
NSPE Coalition Meets with SBA
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden represented NSPE at a meeting between the Council on the Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services and the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy. Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin. 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.