1 July 1998
VALUE ENGINEERING REQUIREMENTS
13-1. MANDATORY DESIGN CRITERIA AND STANDARDS. Although not all-inclusive, this
paragraph contains Federal requirements that are established by executive orders, public laws,
local requirements, and other directives. These requirements and all other Federal
requirements must be reviewed and included, as applicable, in the RFP for each new project.
a. Section 4306, PL 104-106, National Defense Authorization Act, February 10, 1996.
b. Engineering Regulation 5-7-1, Project Management Dated 30 Sep 92
c. Office of Management & Budget Circular A-131, Value Engineering, 21 May 1993.
d. Section 911, Water Resources Development Act of 1986
e. HQUSACE Policy (Feb 96)
f. Federal Acquisition Regulation Parts 48, and 52.248
13-2. LESSONS LEARNED. The following paragraph contains recommended information that
should be considered in future RFP's in order to avoid past problems, define engineering
requirements, define design submittal requirements, and ensure a level of quality. These
lessons learned should be reviewed and incorporated as appropriate in each new project.
a. The Government shall perform Value Engineering on the RFP prior to solicitation on
any construction project with programmed amount (PA) or current working estimate (CWE)
greater than or equal to ,000,000, and on any supply and/or service contract with PA or
CWE greater than or equal to
,000,000. During the initial data gathering and field
investigations, the Government should document all areas that have a potential for successful
VE. The VE study should review design criteria as a minimum.
b. During the pre-work conference, the review of Value Engineering Change Proposals
(VECP) will be discussed to ensure a consensus of how they will be reviewed during
c. Include in any contract over
,000,000, the appropriate Value Engineering clause
(either FAR 52.248.1 or FAR 52.248.3).
d. Value engineering change proposals should not permit substitution of lessor means,
methods, or materials in any area where offering a higher solution was considered in awarding