Robert Alfert, Jr., a partner at the Florida-based law firm Broad and Cassel, has been selected to conduct a study on “Procurement Standards for Airport Contracting” as part of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies’ Airport Cooperative Research Program. Mr. Alfert will prepare the study in conjunction with Roy Block, president of R.W. Block Consulting, Inc., and Karen Ryan, an associate at Broad and Cassel.
Most airports, as public agencies, are subject to multiple requirements for carrying out procurements and awarding contracts for airport development and planning. Typically, when awarding contracts for planning and construction projects, some form of competition procurement is required.
There is a wide array of statutes and regulations that will apply to any particular project, depending upon the source of funds for the contract, the type of contract, and the location of the airport. The exceptions to the general requirement of competitive procurement will also vary, depending upon the circumstances and conditions of the project.
The objective of Alfert and Block’s research is to produce a compendium of the most common procurement requirements applicable to airport contracting, including the use of Recovery Act funds, Airport Improvement Program funds, Passenger Facility Charges, in addition to state funding and local revenues. The results of the research report will be published in the ACRP’s Legal Research Digests series.