By Bruce Jervis
The Bid Protest Regulations of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) contain a powerful incentive for procuring agencies to obey the statutes and regulations. If a bidder successfully protests an agency action, the GAO may instruct the agency to reimburse the protester for the attorney fees incurred in the protest.
There are limitations on this recovery. The GAO only makes a recommendation to the agency, although it is almost always followed. Attorney fees are capped at $150 per hour, although small businesses are not subject to the ceiling and may recover fees at the actual billing rate, if reasonable. ... Read more.
By Steve Rizer
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has unveiled a guide to help architects implement the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) in their practices, but how long will it take for widespread adoption of the code across the United States to occur? Although the organization announced that it has “taken a leadership role” in promoting the code to policymakers, most architects apparently will have plenty of time to prepare for the IgCC.
“It’s a brand new code,” Jessyca Henderson, AIA’s managing director of policy and community relations, told ConstructionPro Week (CPW). “Like any other model code, adoptions happen over time, not overnight. Every jurisdiction is unique, and as the code was just published for the first time in March 2012, we’re anticipating it’s going to take time.”
By Steve Rizer
There are several means and methods available to defend against ‘schedule gamesmanship’ in construction projects, Navigant Construction Forum Executive Director James Zack told a target audience of contractors, public and private owners, subcontractors, construction managers, owners’ representatives, architects, and others during a webinar series that WPL Publishing held last month. During the three-part series, Zack and Navigant Consulting Inc.’s Amanda Amadon and Stephen Pitaniello identified more than 15 scheduling games and provided more than 45 suggested defenses. Click here to see some of the games that the trio identified and their suggested defenses to those games.