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June 9, 2011

FEDERAL SPECS AID ACAC CERTIFICANTS

Heard This One Before?

“We’re from the government and we’re here to help you.”

Well, they really are if you hold an ACAC certification!  The Federal government has a “mold remediation” specification that specifies the use of assessors and contractors who hold ACAC certifications.  It is called the Unified Facilities Guide Specifications (USGS 02 85 00.00 20 Mold Remediation).

This specification is a joint effort of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), the Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency (HQ AFCESA), the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment (HQ AFCEE) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

What Does It Do?

The specification requires that a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) or ACAC certificant conduct the mold assessment on mold remediation contracts.

Additionally, it specifically names ACAC certificants as those eligible to perform the remediation contract.

This is Big!

This opens the door for Federal contracts and much, much more.  Governmental agencies typically piggyback off a “higher” specification; hence, a state procurement officer may jump at the chance to go out to bid using verbiage from a Federal specification.  A county or township may need a specification for mold remediation and would gladly tweak the USGS 02 85 00.00 20 Mold Remediation specifications to fit its needs.  Even the procurement officer for a school district may be able to use part or all of this specification to award a mold remediation project to a company employing ACAC certificants.

Additionally, some procurement officers are allowed - without going out to bid - to award small contracts to those who already have gone through the procurement process with other agencies.  This reciprocal awarding process is usually restricted to contracts of $10,000 or less. 

 What Does It Mean in $$$?

Companies employing ACAC-certified individuals need to market that fact by bringing these specifications to the attention of government procurement officers in their area.  Think of the potential to work for state agencies, counties, parishes, townships, cities, towns and school districts of all sizes.  Each procurement officer will know how they can use these specifications to satisfy their specific needs to select and award a contract.

Where Do I Find This Specification?

We have posted the link to the specification on our newly designed website. You can find it at:

www.acac.org/ downloads/marketing.aspx


Charlie Wiles, executive director


 
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