©2010, 6" x 9" hardcover, 292 pages
Product Code B483
By Paula B. Compton
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Take the First Step Toward Building a Strong Foundation in Federal Acquisition!
Federal Acquisition: Key Issues and Guidance
is an essential guide to understanding and working within the complex
world of federal government contracting. It offers brief but
comprehensive explanations of the major phases and essential tasks in
the contracting process. Written in a clear and easy-to-understand
style, this resource provides the perfect foundation for building a
thorough understanding of federal contracting.
Author Paula Compton focuses on the most
problematic areas of federal contracting, highlighting the deficiencies
cited most often by the Government Accountability Office and Inspector
General audits and reports, such as:
- Not performing market research
- Inadequate independent government cost estimates
- Violation of the bona fide needs rule
- Insufficient statements of work
- Inadequate price or cost analysis
Anyone new to government acquisition will
find that reading this book is the ideal first step on the path to
understanding the federal acquisition process. Seasoned contract
professionals will find it an excellent quick review.
BONUS! Includes sample acquisition templates that can be modified to fit many types of acquisition actions.
Part I: The Acquisition Planning Phase •
Funding: The Availability of Appropriations and the Bona Fide Needs Rule
• Independent Government Cost Estimates • Justifying Contract Awards
without Full and Open Competition • Market Research • The Statement of
Work • Acquisition Methods and Selecting the Appropriate Type of
Contract • Performance-Based Acquisition for Services • The Federal
Small Business Program • Part II: The Solicitation Phase • Solicitation
and Contract Formats, Provisions, and Clauses • Source Selection and
Technical Evaluation Plans • Legal Review during the Solicitation Phase •
Part III: The Evaluation, Negotiation, and Award Phase • Technical and
Cost or Price Evaluations • Determining Price Reasonableness •
Determining Responsibility • Reviewing the Award Document • Announcing
Contract Awards • Notifying and Debriefing Unsuccessful Vendors • The
Federal Supply Schedule Program and Price Reductions • Part IV: The
Postaward Phase • Nomination, Training, Certification, and
Responsibilities of the Contracting Officer’s Representative • Contract
Surveillance • Exercising Contract Option Periods
About the Author
Paula B. Compton has been
involved in federal acquisition with a number of government agencies for
more than 30 years. She has held staff and management positions in both
operations and policy in the United States and abroad.