This act is known and may be cited as the "Professional Architectural, Engineering and Land Surveying Services Procurement Act".
(a) As used in this act:
(i) "Agency" means any state office, department, board, commission, institution or other operating entity of the state excluding the University of Wyoming, community college districts, school districts, the Wyoming business council and the Wyoming department of transportation;
(ii) "Department" means the state department of administration and information;
(iii) "Firm" means an individual, corporation, partnership, business trust, association, firm or any other legal entity permitted by law to practice in a specified profession;
(iv) "Principal representative" means the governing board of a department, institution or agency or its designated representative, or, if there is no governing board, the executive head of a department, institution or agency;
(v) "Professional services" means:
(A) The practice of architecture pursuant to W.S. 33?4?101 through 33?4?117;
(B) The practice of engineering or land surveying pursuant to W.S. 33?29?114 through 33?29?149.
(vi) "This act" means W.S. 9?2?1027 through 9?2?1033.
(a) The department shall:
(i) Develop and maintain approved lists of qualified architects, engineers and land surveyors for selection under this act; and
(ii) Develop and administer notification procedures for obtaining professional services under this act.
(a) Any firm desiring to provide professional services to an agency, shall annually submit to the department and [or] the agency a detailed statement of qualifications and performance data, and any other information required by the department or the agency. The department or the agency may request the firm to update its statement before submission in order to reflect changed conditions in the status of the firm.
(b) If professional services in an amount exceeding five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) are required, the department or the agency shall notify all qualified architects, engineers and land surveyors of record who have submitted an annual statement of qualifications and performance data. In addition, the agency or the department shall give statewide notice in a newspaper of statewide circulation at least once each week for four (4) consecutive weeks prior to initiation of selection procedures in accordance with W.S. 9?2?1031. Notification shall contain a general description of the proposed project, and shall indicate the procedures by which interested firms may apply for consideration for a contract to provide professional services for the proposed project.
(a) For each proposed project, the principal representative of the agency for which the project is proposed shall evaluate current statements of qualifications and performance data of firms on file with the department or the agency, together with any applications submitted by other qualified firms, and shall select not less than three (3) firms considered qualified to perform the required professional services. Consideration in each selection process by the principal representative shall be based upon the ability of professional personnel, past performance, willingness to meet time requirements, location, residency, current and projected work loads, the volume of work previously awarded to the firm by the agency, and the equitable distribution of contracts among qualified firms. The agency shall provide a complete description of the work to the firms selected. These firms shall submit an unpriced proposal to do the work. For purposes of this subsection, residency does not require satisfaction of the elements contained in W.S. 16?6?101(a)(i).
(b) In addition to the requirements of subsection (a) of this section, for any professional services fee estimated by the agency to exceed twenty?five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) or, for any project the total cost of which is estimated to exceed one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00), the principal representative shall interview not less than three (3) firms selected from those which have submitted proposals to do the work. The interview shall be recorded and include discussion of each firm's projections of project costs, qualifications, approaches to the project, ability to furnish required professional services, use of alternative methods for furnishing required professional services and an estimated fee based on the agency's description of the work. The estimated fee may be used as a basis, along with the qualifications listed in subsection (a) of this section, for selection by the principal representative of the most qualified firm for contract negotiations. If unsatisfied with the results of such interviews, the principal representative may select not less than three (3) additional firms for interviews as provided by subsection (a) of this section.
(c) In addition to the requirements of subsection (a) of this section, for any professional services fee estimated by the agency to be twenty?five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) or less, or for any project the total cost of which is estimated to be one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) or less, the principal representative shall select three (3) firms from which a project specific submittal shall be requested. The information provided by the firm shall include an estimated fee and preliminary scope of services based on the agency's description of the work. The estimated fee may be used as a basis along with the qualifications listed in subsection (a) of this section, for selection by the principal representative of the most qualified firm for contract negotiations.
(d) Nothing in this section prohibits a principal representative from determining that fewer than three (3) firms with current statements on file or which have submitted applications before selection are qualified to perform the required professional services. If a principal representative makes that determination, subsections (b) and (c) of this section apply with respect to the firms the principal representative considers qualified.
(e) The department, in conjunction with the agencies, shall adopt rules and regulations necessary to implement the selection process provided by this section.
(a) After completing the selection process, the principal representative shall negotiate a written contract with the selected firm as determined by W.S. 9?2?1031 for the provision of services. The principal representative shall consider the estimated value, scope, complexity and professional nature of the services to be rendered when determining a reasonable compensation.
(b) If the principal representative is unable to negotiate a satisfactory contract with the selected firm at a price he determines fair and reasonable, negotiations with that firm shall be terminated. The principal representative shall then begin negotiations with the firm ranked second in order of preference pursuant to W.S. 9?2?1031. If the principal representative fails to negotiate a contract with the second ranked firm, he shall terminate negotiations. The principal representative shall then begin negotiations with the firm ranked third in order of preference.
(c) If the principal representative is unable to negotiate a satisfactory contract with any of the selected firms, he shall:
(i) Select additional firms in order of their competence and qualifications and continue negotiations in accordance with this section and W.S. 9?2?1031, until a contract is reached; or
(ii) Review the contract under negotiation to determine the possible cause for failure to achieve a negotiated contract.
(d) Each contract for professional services entered into by the principal representative shall contain a prohibition against gratuities, kickbacks and contingent fees. The architect, registered land surveyor or professional engineer shall certify under oath that he has not in any way been involved in any gratuities, kickbacks, or contingent fees in connection with his selection or ultimate performance of this contract.
(e) Each contract for professional services entered into by the principal representative shall contain a prohibition against payment based upon a percentage of the construction cost.
(f) This act shall not prohibit continuing contracts between any person providing professional services and any agency.
(a) No person, including any agency official or employee, shall:
(i) In any way be involved in any gratuities, kickbacks, or contingent fees in connection with the selection procedure set forth in this act;
(ii) If providing professional services, pay any fee, commission, gift or other consideration contingent upon the award of a contract for professional services pursuant to this act.
(b) Any person violating subsection (a) of this section or subsection (d) of W.S. 9?2?1032 is liable for a penalty not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000.00). The penalty may be recovered in a civil action and damages shall be assessed by the court.
(c) Any action pursuant to this section shall be initiated in Laramie county by the attorney general.