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Selecting an Engineer

As part of an application for funding from Rural Development, Utilities Programs, the applicant must select an engineer using the process described in 7 CFR 1780.39(b), which is based on the requirements of the Qualifications Based Selection Process (QBS).

This process involved public announcement (typically this involves a Request for Qualifications or RFQ) of all requirements for engineering services. Negotiation of contracts on the basis of demonstrated competence and qualifications for the type of professional services required at a fair and reasonable price.

State laws and regulations may also apply to the selection of an engineer. For assistance in selection of an engineer contact the National Rural Water Association (www.nrwa.org) or the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (www.rcap.org).

If you have questions regarding engineering policy at the national level, please contact Ben Shuman, PE, Senior Environmental Engineer, at 202-720-1784 or ben.shuman@wdc.usda.gov.

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