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NSPS Opposes National, Multi-state UAS Procurement

Thursday, May 31, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amber Carpenter
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NSPS has filed an objection to a procurement solicitation by the Virginia Department of General Services (DGS) that would include services that fall within most state law definitions of the practice of surveying, but fails to require a licensed surveyor in responsible charge.

A Request for Proposal for Unmanned Aerial System Services issued by DGS on behalf of the ValuePoint Cooperative Purchasing Organization, LLC, a nonprofit subsidiary of National Association of State Purchasing Officials (NASPO). It asks for bids, including price, for a variety of services to be performed with an unmanned aircraft system (UAS or "drone"), including several surveying and mapping tasks, in Virginia and several other states, with an option for any state to participate. NSPS has joined with state surveying societies in Virginia and Maryland noting the solicitation does not include a requirement for a licensed professional surveyor, in violation of the law in many other states, as the services sought fall within most licensing law definitions of the practice of land surveying, and, as a professional service. NSPS also pointed out the RFP does not comply with the Virginia qualifications based selection (QBS) law, or similar "mini-Brooks Acts" in numerous other states. The NASPO Cooperative facilitates administration of the cooperative group contracting consortium for the benefit of state departments, institutions, agencies, political subdivisions, and other eligible entities. 

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