Sustained Outrage

Public hearing on engineering fee bill

A public hearing about HB2977 is scheduled at 2 p.m. on Wednesday (March 18) in the House Chamber at the Capitol. That’s the governor’s bill to change the way the state evaluates and awards contracts for engineering services, which has been explored on this blog here, here and here, as well here, and in my column.

The bill would require the state and other governments to choose the lowest bidder among prequalified engineering firms when state money is involved. It would be similar to the way construction bids currently work. Engineers want to keep in place a federal process they say ensures the best quality. The governor says the current process is costing the state a fortune.

Thanks to Darrell Buttrick, executive director of the American Council of Engineering Companies — West Virginia and to commenter Quality Engineer for the heads up about the meeting.