USDA RUS Preapproves EJCDC Contract Documents

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Stacey A. Ober
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Monday, October 19, 2009

Several Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC) contract documents have recently been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for use by applicants, owners, and borrowers in the Rural Utilities Service's Water and Waste Disposal program. This approval eliminates the need to purchase the separate Funding Agency edition of the documents, thereby streamlining the process. The approved documents are

  • Agreement between Owner and Engineer for Professional Services (EJCDC No. E-500, including Exhibits A through J, 2008 Edition);
  • Suggested Form of Agreement between Owner and Contractor for Construction Contract (Stipulated Price) (EJCDC No. C-520, 2007 Edition); and
  • Standard General Conditions of the Construction Contract (EJCDC No. C-700, 2007 Edition).

It is the Rural Utilities Service's policy that the EJCDC documents be used as the foundation for the engineering and construction contract documents for all Water and Waste Disposal program actions. The approved documents, when properly coordinated with the EJCDC set of "Construction-Related Documents," are acceptable for use by RUS applicants and borrowers in the procurement of engineering professional services and utility construction services for projects with financial assistance. For more information, refer to the bulletin found at

Each EJCDC contract document is prepared by experienced engineering design and construction professionals, owners, contractors, professional liability and risk management experts, and legal counsel. EJCDC includes the participation of NSPE's Professional Engineers in Private Practice and more than 18 other professional engineering design, construction, owner, legal, and risk management organizations.

EJCDC documents are immediately downloadable in MS Word format, are user-friendly, and are a cost-saving alternative to other documents on the market because of their usability for multiple projects. They are also peer created and consistently reviewed, meaning users get the most balanced, fair, and updated documents available on a continual basis.

EJCDC offers contract documents in the following categories: construction; owner/engineer; engineer/subconsultant; procurement; environmental remediation, and design-build. NSPE members enjoy a significant discount on the cost for the documents, which can be immediately purchased and downloaded at

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