RFP - ID of Metric and Research on Trends in Corruption in Engineering/Construction

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Identification of Metrics and Research on Trends in Corruption in the

Engineering/Construction Industry, and Development of a Procedure for

Monitoring Those Trends to Assess the Effectiveness of Current Anti-Corruption

Programs in the Industry

1.0 Introduction

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) seeks proposals from individuals, firms,

and research and academic institutions to assist with the identification of metrics and

research on trends in corruption in the engineering/construction industry, and development

of a procedure for monitoring those trends to assess the effectiveness of current anticorruption

programs in the industry.

2.0 Background

Beginning in late 2004, the engineering community initiated discussions with participants

from a wide variety of organizations such as Transparency International, The World Bank,

the World Federation of Engineering Organizations, the International Federation of

Consulting Engineers, the Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism, the National

Institute for Engineering Ethics, and professional societies from around the world on

corruption and bribery in the engineering and construction industry. All saw an immediate

need to address the problem of corruption. The Global Anti-Corruption Education &

Training (ACET) program was conceived by these organizations, and other universities, in

conjunction with global firms who are part of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and

signatories of the Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) as a tool for addressing

this significant problem.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) initiated a Task Committee on Global

Principles for Professional Conduct (GPPC) to engage the Society in a dialogue on

corruption and bribery; raise awareness of the seriousness of the problem, and provide our

members with the necessary tools to fight corruption. The Task Committee, with input

from engineering organizations around the world, also developed the Engineer’s Charter

which has been signed by more than 200 people from more than 40 countries. The Charter

expresses a zero tolerance for bribery, fraud and corruption and requires all signatories to

address corruption control in their own society. The Task Committee has now been

designated as a standing committee under the ASCE Committee on Professional Practice.

Members of the committee and ASCE have since been heavily engaged in discussions and

anti-corruption action programs with the organizations identified above and others including

the Pan American Union of Engineering Associations (UPADI), the Pan American

Academy of Engineers, and the Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council.

The Global ACET Program's Educational Training package includes an educational DVD

(subtitled in 28 languages), a Training Manual, Teaching Guide, and PowerPoint

presentations for the Training Manual which will "Train the Trainer." The package is

designed to assist individuals in the engineering/construction industry around the world, as

well as students, to recognize the negative impact of corruption in the engineering

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profession and society and to have some tools to address it when they meet it in their

practices. The Global ACET Project materials were distributed worldwide--3,000 were sent

free to groups identified by our major sponsors--to encourage commitment to greater ethical

conduct and moral courage, strengthen global principles for professional conduct, and

increase the awareness and involvement of engineering educators and professionals to

oppose bribery, fraud and other corrupt activities in engineering and construction. The

materials developed for the ACET project can be an educational tool for those in sales and

marketing, procurement, and project execution teams, while being directly relevant to

students, and senior and middle level executives as well.

ASCE’s Committee on Global Principles for Professional Conduct (GPPC) has identified

development of metrics and monitoring procedure as an area where researchers can make an

important contribution to our understanding of global construction practices. As mentioned

above, GPPC has been active with other engineering/construction industry societies from

around the world in developing programs to address the goal of reducing corruption in our

industry. Many of these programs have been in place for more than five years. It is now

time to assess the effectiveness of the programs in achieving the goal.

We recognize that corruption has both monetary and non-monetary components. The

monetary components include funds lost to bribery, fraud, and corruption. The nonmonetary

components include reduced quality, higher maintenance needs, and shorter useful

lives due to defective or inferior materials or equipment, or omissions of necessary project

components. These types of corruption reduce the sustainability of a project. We believe

that the effectiveness of the anti-corruption programs can be assessed, in part, by trends in

the monetary losses due to corruption that can be substantiated by metrics developed from

within the engineering and construction industries in each country around the world. This is

the purpose of our upcoming efforts.

There are data sources on the size of the global construction market, and the size of the

market in each country. However, there are only estimates, and some “guesses,” on the part

of that total that is lost to corruption. Organizations like Transparency International rate the

openness of decision making processes in many countries. Their information may be useful

in formulating a methodology to assess trends in the amounts of money lost to corruption in

the global engineering/construction industry.

3.0 Project Objectives

The objectives of the proposed project are to a) identify construction spending by country

(or region); b) estimate the amount lost to corruption in each country (or region); and c)

develop a procedure to track the estimated losses to corruption over time to see if the trend

in the amount of money lost to corruption is decreasing. Respondents are encouraged to

clearly explain their proposed methodology and technical approach in their proposals,

outlining how their proposed approach will help ASCE meet these objectives.

The results of this effort will allow ASCE and all the organizations currently involved in anticorruption

programs to assess whether or not their programs are meeting the goal of

reducing corruption in the engineering/construction industry. The organizations will then

have the information needed to adjust programs to better meet the goal and, if necessary, to

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develop different approaches to dealing with corruption in the engineering/construction


4.0 Project Deliverables

The final deliverable of the project will include: a) directory of resources used to collect data;

b) monetary metrics to be used to track trends in corruption and some background

justification; c) trends in corruption from 2000 to the present using metrics identified; and d)

process/procedure to follow to monitor trends in the future.

5.0 Schedule

The project is expected to kick-off on September 1, 2011, and continue for a period of 24


6.0 Budget

ASCE has committed $10,000 to initiate this research effort, and the committee is optimistic

that based on the success of this initial effort, it may be able to assist in finding additional

resources to continue to monitor the progress of the various initiatives.

7.0 Proposal Requirements

To ensure consistency, all proposals must contain the following sections:

? Cover Letter

? Introduction

? Methodology & Technical Approach

? Task-by-Task Work Plan

? Milestones & Schedule

? Appendices

o Resumes of Key Individuals Assigned to the Project

o Organizational Qualifications

o Three (3) references, with names and contact information including email

address and telephone number.

The proposal should be prepared in MS Word in font size 12, should be single-spaced, and

should not exceed 20 pages. The page restriction excludes the appendices. Final proposal

must be converted and submitted electronically in Portable Document Format (PDF). Any

proposal not adhering to these requirements may be rejected for consideration.

8.0 Selection Criteria

All proposals will be reviewed by a panel of reviewers. The following ranking factors and

their relative weight will be used to compare the proposals and determine the selection:

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? Methodology & Technical Approach: 50%

? Work Plan: 10%

? Resumes of Key Personnel: 20%

? Organizational Qualifications: 20%

Final selection will be made by July 11, 2011.

9.0 Submission Deadline

All proposals must be submitted prior to 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on May 27, 2011,

in order to receive consideration. Proposals will not be accepted after this time. ASCE

requires that proposals be submitted via e-mail as attachments in Portable Document

Format (PDF) only.

Please submit proposals to:

Alicia Karwoski, P.E., M.ASCE

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Email: akarwoski@asce.org

A confirmation email will be sent upon the electronic receipt of the proposal.

10.0 Rejection of Proposal/Cancellation of RFP

ASCE reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject any or all proposals, and to waive any

irregularity, variance, or informality whether technical or substantial in nature, in keeping

with the best interests of ASCE. ASCE reserves the right to revise this RFP at any time prior

to the deadline for receiving proposals and to cancel this RFP, in whole or in part, at any

time before signing a contract. Issuance of this RFP creates no obligation on the part of

ASCE to award a contract.

11.0 Questions and Other Administrative Information

Questions regarding this RFP may be submitted via e-mail by May 6, 2011, to:

Alicia Karwoski, P.E., M.ASCE

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Email: akarwoski@asce.org