2002 Legislative Priority Issues
ENHANCED BY DESIGN
Responsibility, and Accountability in Contracting (TRAC)
The AIA opposes the TRAC Act because it would prevent the use of
private sector services by federal agencies.
- The TRAC Act would freeze all outsourcing of federal
contracts and calls for review of current contracts.
- The TRAC Act would undermine the integrity of
architectural and engineering (A/E) services as specified in the Brooks
Act, which established a qualifications-based selection process in which
contracts for A/E services are negotiated on the basis of demonstrated
competence and procurement procedures, not solely on price quotations.
- The TRAC Act would override successful federal policy
that has been in place for more than 30 years and that draws upon the
valuable expertise and resources of the private sector (OMB Circular No.
- The federal policy acknowledges that "competition
enhances quality, economy, and productivity" (OMB Circular No. A-76).
This legislation would alter the balance of this effective
- Federal agencies manage and coordinate the design
process but look to the specialized expertise of private sector
architects and engineers to perform the actual design work.
- Through innovative design solutions, private sector
architects provide the federal government with superior value and
- The federal government relies heavily on
private-sector architecture and engineering firms to complete needed
federal projects ranging from postal buildings to federal
The AIA opposes the TRAC Act because it is detrimental
to both the federal government and the private sector. It effectively
excludes the private sector from receiving federal contracts regardless of
skill, quality, efficiency, or cost savings.