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DATE: October 19, 2001

SUBJECT: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); New Consolidated Form for Selection of Architect-Engineer Contractors

SOURCE: Federal Register, October 19, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 202, page 53313

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: It is proposed that Standard Form (SF) 254, Architect-Engineer and Related Services Questionnaire, and SF 255, Architect-Engineer and Related Services Questionnaire for Specific Projects, be replaced with new SF 330, Architect-Engineer Qualifications, which reflects current architect-engineer practices in a streamlined and updated form and is organized in data blocks that readily support automation.

DATES: Comments on the proposed rule must be submitted no later than December 18, 2001.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to General Services Administration, FAR Secretariat (MVP), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4035, ATTN: Laurie Duarte, Washington, DC 20405; e-mail to: farcase.2000-608@gsa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cecelia L. Davis, 202-219-0202.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: An interagency ad hoc committee developed the SF 330, a six-page form with seven pages of instructions and codes, based on Federal Facilities Council Technical Report No. 130, "[Joint Federal-industry] Survey on the Use of SFs 254 and 255 for Architect-Engineer Qualifications," 1996 (the Federal Facilities Council is an arm of the Congressionally-charted National Academy of Sciences). The report states that federal agencies and the architect-engineer industry strongly endorse maintaining a structured format for presenting architect-engineer qualifications, but that the SF 254 and SF 255 need streamlining and updating to facilitate electronic usage. Therefore, the SF 254 and SF 255 have been consolidated into the SF 330.

The SF 330 is considered to be an improvement over the SF 254 and SF 255 for the following reasons:

To reflect the replacement of the SF 254 and SF 255 with the proposed SF 330, related changes would be made to the following FAR sections: FAR 1.106, OMB [Office of Management and Budget] Approval Under the Paperwork Reduction Act; FAR 36.603, Collecting Data on and Appraising Firms' Qualifications; FAR 36.702, Forms for Use in Contracting for Architect-Engineer Services; and FAR 53.236-2, Architect-Engineer Services (SF's 252, 254, 255, 1421) (the title would be changed to "Architect-Engineer Services (SF's 252, 330, and 1421)").

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