|Why are the forms used?|
The Brooks Act (Public Law 92-582), also known as Qualifications Based Selection (QBS), which was enacted on October 18, 1972, establishes the procurement process by which architects and engineers (A/Es) are selected for design contracts with federal design and construction agencies. The Brooks Act establishes a qualifications-based selection process, in which contracts for A/Es are negotiated on the basis of demonstrated competence and qualification for the type of professional services required at a fair and reasonable price.
The Brooks Act resulted in the development of Standard Forms (SF) that agencies could use to provide consistency of the information which resulted in the original SF 254/255 forms . In 2004 these were upgraded and improved to the SF 330 Part I and II forms.
Following is the list of the seven basic steps involved in pursuing federal design work under QBS:
|1. Public Announcement|
|2. Statement of Qualification|
|3. Evaluation of Statements|
|4. Development of a Short-list|
|5. Interviews/Discussions with Firms|
|6. Ranking of the "Top Three" Firms|
|7. Negotiation with the Top-Ranked Firm|
|What type of information is required for the forms?|
These forms mainly require information on personnel experience, project history and general firm capabilties. The SF 330 Part II (as with the SF 254) also requires some cummulative financial information from the previous 3 to 5 years.
|How are these forms evaluated by the agencies?|
See "3. Evaluation of Statements" above.