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January 16, 2009
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The Architect of the Capitol has a wide range of procurement opportunities. These include construction projects, architect-engineer services, telecommunications, IT development, Capitol Grounds and the United States Botanic Garden. All AOC procurements are awarded by the Procurement Division, which is located at the Ford House Office Building, 2nd & D St. SW, Washington DC 20515. 

For information on a specific procurement, please call the Contracting Officer or the main Procurement Division number at (202) 226-2557

The points of contact for obtaining information on how to do business with the Architect of the Capitol are:

Greg Kassab, Procurement Analyst

Lisa Russell, Chief, Procurement Policy
(202) 226-1407

For vendors wishing to mail their company's literature, please use the following address:

Architect of the Capitol
Procurement Division
Ford House Office Building H2-263
2nd and D Streets SW
Washington DC  20515

Vendor literature of 10 pages or less may be e-mailed to:

The Procurement Division
The Procurement Division is structured into three branches: Contracts Branch, Small Purchase Branch, and Procurement Policy Branch.  The Contracts Branch is responsible for soliciting and awarding AOC procurements and agreements exceeding $100,000.  The Small Purchase Branch awards AOC procurements of $100,000 or less.  The Procurement Policy Branch is responsible for developing procurement guidance and policy as well as interfacing with the vendor community regarding AOC business opportunities. These branches are led by the Director and Deputy Director, Procurement Division.

Small Business Subcontracting Plans
In August 2007, the AOC began requiring a small business subcontracting plan from all large businesses awarded contracts or task orders exceeding $1,000,000 for construction.  Contracts where this is a requirement contain a subcontracting plan clause.  Contractors are required to submit a plan with goals within a specified period of time after award of the contract action.  On a semi-annual basis, the cumulative accomplishments must be reported to the Contracting Officer.  Only individual plans are acceptable.  The subcontracting goals for these plans should be equal to or greater than the following:

Small business concerns - 28%
Small disadvantaged business concerns - 8%
Women-owned small business concerns - 5%
HUBZone small business concerns - 3%
Service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns - 3%

For information on the AOC's small business subcontracting plan program, please contact the following AOC Small Business Specialists:

Lisa Russell (202) 226-1407

Applicability of Laws and Statutes
AOC procurements are not subject to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), as are most Executive Branch agencies. We are, however, covered by some of the same procurement and procurement-related legislation as the Executive Branch. Some of the laws that are applicable to the AOC are: the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, Service Contract Act, Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act, Buy American Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Anti-Deficiency Act, Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) Act, Farm Security and Rural Assistance Act of 2002, and the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Some of the laws which we are not authorized to use are: the Small Business laws, Brooks Act (for architect-engineer services), Contract Disputes Act, Prompt Payment Act, and the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act.

Although not subject to the FAR, the FAR is used to develop many of the processes used in AOC procurements. Therefore, AOC procurements are similar in appearance and process to Executive Branch contracts. For example, the Uniform Contract Format is used for supplies and services, and procurements exceeding $100,000 are generally advertised at 


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