Application of Brooks Bill To Contracting With South Carolina Landscape Architects in Federal Building Projects

B-195552: Published: Sep 4, 1979. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 1979.

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A State asked whether it is necessary for it to maintain a requirement for its landscape architects in order that they be eligible for contracts for Federal projects. Legislation states that it is Federal policy to publicly announce all requirements for architectural and engineering services, and to negotiate contracts for such services on the basis of demonstrated competence and at fair and reasonable prices. The language and history of this legislation indicate that its procedures apply whenever (1) the controlling jurisdiction requires an architect-engineering (A-E) firm to meet a particular degree of professional capability to perform the services desired, or (2) the services logically or justifiably may be performed by an otherwise professional A-E firm or its employees and are incidental to professional services which must be procured by the method provided in this legislation. This legislation prescribes a method of selection under certain conditions; general competitve procedures may be used when these conditions are absent. It is not necessary for a State to have a licensing requirement for its landscape architects for them to be eligible to compete on Federal projects.

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