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AIA Guide to Federal Procurement

Each year the federal government awards over one billion dollars in design contracts, for everything from courthouses to embassies. The federal facilities that architects design symbolize the “dignity, enterprise, vigor and stability of the American Government” (GSA Guiding Principles for Federal Architecture). Working for the federal government is an excellent opportunity for both large and small architecture firms to raise their profile and build a lasting portfolio.

However, the process of getting federal contracts can be daunting, especially to smaller firms. And the recent adoption of a new form that architects and engineers use to obtain government work has posed obstacles for many firms.

The AIA Guide to Federal Procurement offers practical, up-to-the-minute information on getting into the federal procurement arena. It is designed for firms that have never performed federal work and those that are transitioning to the new form.

The Guide provides a line-by-line summary of Standard Form (SF) 330, as well as a comparison between the new form and the former SFs 254/255 submission materials that A/E firms have used for years.

This Guide also provides information on how the government selects A/E firms, how the qualifications-based selection process works, how to register as a vendor with the federal government, and how to search for job opportunities with the government.

To begin using the Guide, simply click on the next section featured below and read each page in order. Or, you can use the navigation menu on the left to go to a specific page.

If you have any questions or comments about the guide or its contents, please contact Andrew Goldberg at the AIA.


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