Electronic Commerce for the Procurement of Construction and Architect-Engineer Services

Implementing the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act Conference Summary

Federal Facilities Council Standing Committee on Procurement and Contracting

Technical Report #134


NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS
Washington, DC
1997



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--> Electronic Commerce for the Procurement of Construction and Architect-Engineer Services Implementing the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act Conference Summary Federal Facilities Council Standing Committee on Procurement and Contracting Technical Report #134 NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS Washington, DC 1997

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--> NOTICE The Federal Facilities Council (FFC) (formerly the Federal Construction Council) is a continuing activity of the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (BICE) of the National Research Council (NRC). The purpose of the FFC is to promote continuing cooperation among the sponsoring federal agencies, and between the agencies and others in the building community, to advance building science and technology, especially for the design, construction, acquisition, evaluation, and operation of federal facilities. The following agencies currently sponsor the FFC: Department of the Air Force, Air National Guard Department of the Air Force, Office of the Civil Engineer Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers Department of Energy, Office of Associate Deputy Secretary of Field Management Department of the Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Department of State, Office of Foreign Buildings Operations Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Facilities Management Food and Drug Administration General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service Indian Health Service National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Facilities Engineering Division National Institutes of Health National Institute of Standards and Technology, Building and Fire Research Laboratory National Endowment for the Arts, Design Arts Program National Science Foundation Smithsonian Institution, Office of Facilities Services U.S. Information Agency, International Broadcasting Bureau U.S. Postal Service, Facilities Department U.S. Public Health Service, Office of Management As part of its activities, the FFC periodically publishes reports that have been prepared by committees of government employees. Since these committees are not appointed by the NRC, they do not make recommendations, and their reports are considered FFC publications rather than NRC publications. For further information on the FFC program or FFC reports, please write to: Director, Federal Facilities Council, Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20418, or visit us on the Internet at http://www2.nas.edu/ffc.

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--> FEDERAL FACILITIES COUNCIL STANDING COMMITTEE ON PROCUREMENT AND CONTRACTING Chair Joyce Runyan, Acquisition Policy Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Members Ronald Adam, Office of Facilities Management, Department of Veterans Affairs Wade Belcher, Public Buildings Service, General Services Administration Lewis Butt, Maintenance and Repair Division, International Broadcasting Bureau Donald W. Dormstetter, Office of Design and Construction, Smithsonian Institution Jon Erikson, Network Engineering, International Broadcasting Bureau Donald Evick, Engineering Management Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Catherine Fairlie, Installation Restoration Program Branch, Air National Guard Robert Fraga, Major Facilities Purchasing, U.S. Postal Service Chris Guevin, Military Construction, Department of the Air Force Gary Heidle, Acquisition Policy Division, Air National Guard Bob Henry, Division of Engineering Services, National Institutes of Health Tom Kasper, Acquisition Policy Division, Air National Guard Deanna Bentz Murphy, Environmental Management Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Walt Norko, Construction Policy Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Brent Peavler, Acquisition Division, International Broadcasting Bureau Tim Ruckle, Management Information Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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--> Donna Smigel, Engineering Management Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Frank Sullivan, Office of Facilities Management, Department of Veterans Affairs Joyce Sweasy, Office of Procurement Management, National Institutes of Health William Timperley, Contracts Policy Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Dan Troyan, Office of the Principal Assistant for Contracting, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Leroy Wallin, Acquisitions Department, U.S. Department of State Gerald Zaffos, Public Buildings Service, General Services Administration Program Committee Liaison Member Roger Bell, Facilities Division, Air National Guard Nonfederal Liaison Members Jeffrey Beard, Design-Build Institute of America Stuart Binstock, American Institute of Architects Nick Kolesnikoff, The Associated General Contractors of America Felix Martinez, American Consulting Engineers Council Christopher Monek, The Associated General Contractors of America Howard Noel, Council on Federal Procurement of Architect-Engineer Services Brian Pallasch, American Subcontractors Association, Inc. Bruce Vogelsinger, National Institute of Building Sciences Michael Wilson, Associated Builders and Contractors Staff Lynda Stanley, Director, Federal Facilities Council Lena Grayson, Program Assistant, Federal Facilities Council

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--> Preface Electronic commerce is a strategic element in achieving cost, time, and resource savings in the federal procurement of goods and services. To promote efficiencies in procurement, the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA) requires that federal government transform its acquisition system from a paperwork process to a computer-based system that is readily accessible to government and private sector users. FASA encourages the purchase of commercial goods and services, establishes the Federal Acquisition Computer Network (FACNET), and over time, transforms the procurement system to an electronic on-line system. This one-day conference of the Federal Facilities Council focused on the procurement of construction and architect-engineer services, providing a forum to exchange information on related recent developments: FASA's provisions for electronic commerce, the architecture of electronic commerce and FACNET, government approaches to implementation, and the outlook for the future Federal agency experiences with electronic commerce and FACNET, barriers to implementation, alternative computer/electronic systems, and initiatives underway Private sector contractors' perspectives on the advantages and disadvantages of electronic commerce, barriers to implementation, methods of overcoming barriers, and future prospects The purposes and services of the Electronic Commerce Resource Centers for small and medium-sized businesses. JOYCE RUNYAN, CHAIR COMMITTEE ON PROCUREMENT AND CONTRACTING

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--> Contents     Executive Summary   1     Electronic Commerce: Implementing FASA Delores (Dee) Smith, Department of Defense Electronic Commerce Office   8     Electronic Commerce: Perspectives of Four Federal Agencies Ron Grover, Naval Facilities Engineering Command G. Doyle Dodge, General Services Administration Frank D. (Dan) Troyan, James Justin Taylor, and Ronson Kung, Army Corps of Engineers Ken Stepka, National Aeronautics and Space Administration   16     Electronic Commerce Resource Centers and Value-added Networks Bosquet (Biscuit) N. Wev, Jr., Fairfax Electronic Commerce Resource Center   36     Speaker Biographies   46

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