Government Affairs & Professional Practice Committee



The Government Affairs & Professional Practice Committee serves as both a catalyst and facilitator in promoting civil engineering professional concerns related to local or national government affairs. The committee’s mission is to investigate, study, and make recommendations concerning Standards of Practice affecting a combination of professional ethics, legislation and interagency coordination in which the civil engineer has a particular interest.


Issues undertaken by the committee evolve either from the Board of Government or within the general membership. Examples include: 

  • Advocate for the successful passage of Quality Infrastructure Legislation (also known as Quality Based Selection, QBS).

  • Become better informed about the various infrastructure funding programs that could be more effectively expedited to local government.

  • Continually monitor Professional Engineering Registration Boards and their composition.

  • Stimulate interest and personal involvement by BSCES members in government-related legislative actions which affect the civil engineering profession.

The committee is also responsible for establishing and maintaining liaisons with appropriate national committees, citizen groups and other professional or industrial organizations in conjunction with current Key Contact responsibilities within the Section.

To get involved with the Government Affairs & Professional Practice Committee, please contact the chair.

Government Affairs & Professional Practice Committee Chair

Patrick Tierney, PE, ENV SP
Fuss and O'Neill, Inc.
190 High Street, Suite 300
Boston, MA 02110
Tel: 617/405-5445


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