A Service that Protects Our Members
Have you recently come across a RFP that violates the Virginia Public Procurement Act, VPPA? Did you know that ACEC/VA will send a letter to the state or local entity on your behalf when a RFP violates the VPPA? Not only are letters sent, our success rate in getting changes to a RFP is over 90%.
Each year, ACEC/VA and AIA track state legislation to ensure introduced bills do not adversely affect the engineering community. We also introduce bills to protect the industry. Once the bills turn into law, we then make sure they are followed. Most of the violation letters we write involve a request for pricing or a violation of the following:
- Term Contracts – State and local entities must now use QBS throughout the process when soliciting professional services. Although they have always been required to use QBS during the initial selection of professional services, they now must use QBS for each task order.
- Terms & Conditions – Previously the RFP process required the firm to either accept the terms & conditions in the RFP or provide comments with the submission. The current law, which took effect July 1, 2016, states that they cannot request this information until AFTER the ranking of the firms.
How can ACEC/VA help you with a violation of the VPPA in a RFP? Simple, send the RFP with the violation information to Nancy Israel at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will review it, confirm there is a violation and send a letter to the entity, within 24-48 hours, as well as send a copy to the firm. Firms are never mentioned in the letter, only the violation.
It is important to let the state and local entities know we are present and are actively monitoring to ensure the Code of Virginia and the VPPA is followed to the letter of the law.
If you are interested in learning more about our advocacy efforts or wish to get involved, please contact Nancy Israel at 804-477-6573.