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Competing for Corps of Engineers A-E Contracts

Mark P. Rossow, PhD, PE Retired

Course Outline

This one-hour online course discusses procurement procedures under the Brooks A-E Act and the Federal Acquisition Regulation.  The standard form used to submit professional qualifications to Federal agencies is presented, and guidelines are given for what information should and should not be included on the form.  Selection criteria and performance evaluation procedures are described, as are contract types and negotiations arising as part of the contracting process.  Any firm applying for Corps contracts must be familiar with the material presented in this course.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for engineers seeking A-E contracts with the Corps of Engineers.

Benefit to Attendees

Persons completing this course will be familiar with Corps procedures for applying for contracts and will increase their chances of being awarded contracts.

Course Introduction

A-E services required by Federal agencies are procured under the Brooks A-E Act and the procedures in Part 36 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation.  The Brooks Act requires the public announcement of requirements for A-E services; selection of the most highly qualified firms based on demonstrated competence and professional qualifications; and the negotiation of a fair and reasonable price, starting with the highest qualified firm.  Hence, the selection of A-E contractors is focused on qualifications, and not the lowest price.

Course Content

This course is based on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers document EP 715-1-4, “Competing for Architect-Engineer Contracts Awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,” September, 2004.

Competing for Corps of Engineers A-E Contracts

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Course Summary

Rules and procedures for applying for Corps contracts are given, as well as suggestions for improving the chances of being awarded a contract.

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Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.