IIBEC Applauds Formation of Construction Procurement Caucus
Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA) was joined by his colleague, Pete Stauber (R-MN), this week as they virtually participated in a kickoff event for the newly formed, bipartisan Construction Procurement Caucus (CPC). The CPC will serve as a forum for members to discuss ways to improve efficiency in the federal government procurement process with the goal of promoting commonsense design and construction services and procurement reforms to benefit the government, taxpayers, and businesses of all sizes.
The goals and objectives of the caucus are to: 1) simplify the federal construction services procurement process; 2) promote a competitive marketplace for federal construction services contract awards for businesses of any size; 3) support greater opportunities for businesses of any size in the federal marketplace; and 4) elevate procurement-related legislative opportunities.
Brian Pallasch noted, “The CPC will be a powerful ally when we fight to make sure the Brooks Act is followed, and make sure reverse auctions are disallowed.” Last year, IIBEC worked through Congressman David Price (D-NC) to write language requiring the General Services Administration to come into compliance with the Brooks Act. IIBEC also worked with members of the House and Senate to push through a prohibition on reverse auctions. “IIBEC will continue to protect the Brooks Act and fight misguided attempts to circumvent it, and we look forward to working with Congressmen Peters and Stauber when we do,” concluded Pallasch.