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1 1 Government Contracts

2 2 Overview What is a Government Contract? Authority to Enter into Government Contracts Four Phases of Government Contracts The Role of the Government Contract Professional

3 3 Sources Statutes Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 48 C.F.R. Chapter 1 (FAR Council) Dont forget FAR Supplements… Case Lawadministrative cases and Federal cases

4 4 What is a Government Contract? Offer, Acceptance, Consideration… Government is a party (of course) Specialized statutes, regulations, and case law Many differences from common law: e.g., socioeconomic policy, contract changes, contract terminations, etc….

5 5 FAR Definition of a Contract Definition:...a mutually binding legal relationship obligating the seller to furnish the supplies or services (including construction) and the buyer to pay for them. It includes all types of commitments that obligate the Government to an expenditure of appropriated funds… FAR 2.101

6 6 General Categories of Government Contracts Supplies Construction Services Research and Development (R&D)

7 7 Every Good Government Procurement System Has… Competition Transparency Integrity

8 8 Government Authority Who has the authority to bind the Government with a contract?

9 9 Government Authority General Rule: Only someone with actual authority may bind the Government

10 10 Government Authority Agency Heads (FAR 1.601) By virtue of their positions (e.g., SecAF) Delegate down to Senior Center Contracting Official (SCCO) Folks with warrants (FAR 1.602) Contracting Officers (COs)

11 11 Government Authority HCAs appoint COs IN WRITING (WARRANT) Warrant must be posted (no secrets!) May include further limitations (e.g. dollar limits)

12 12 Government Authority What about other folks? Apparent authoritynot recognized Ratification (of unauthorized act)

13 13 Contractor Authority All types of authority apply: Actual Apparent

14 14 Phases of Government Contracts

15 15 4 Phases of Government Contracts Acquisition Planning Pre-Award (Source Selection) Post-Award (Performance) Close-out

16 16 Acquisition Planning KEY to successful procurement Basically, looking at: What do we need? (user) How are we going to get it? (contracting) How are we going to pay for it? (finance) Are we following the rules? (legal)

17 17 Acquisition Planning: Basic Contract TYPES Two Basic Types: Fixed Price Cost Reimbursement

18 18 Acquisition Planning: Basic Contract TYPES Fixed Price Contract (FAR Subpart 16.2) Set, predetermined price Who bears the risk?

19 19 Acquisition Planning: Basic Contract TYPES Fixed Price Contract (FAR Subpart 16.2) Set, predetermined price Contractor bears risk of increased costs (bound to perform at specified price)

20 20 Acquisition Planning: Basic Contract TYPES Cost Reimbursement Contract (FAR Subpart 16.3) Government pays contractors costs of performance (plus a fee) Who bears the risk?

21 21 Acquisition Planning: Basic Contract TYPES Cost Reimbursement Contract (FAR Subpart 16.3) Government pays contractors costs of performance (plus a fee) Government bears risk of increased costs

22 22 Acquisition Planning: Contract TYPESWhat else? Incentive Contracts Level-of-Effort Contracts Variable Quantity Contracts e.g., IDIQ e.g., Requirements

23 23 Acquisition Planning: Contract METHODS Sealed Bidding (FAR Part 14) Price is the only basis for award Invitation for Bids (IFBs)

24 24 Acquisition Planning: Contract METHODS Negotiated Procurements (FAR Part 15) Various factors (inc. price and past performance) Best value Request for Proposals (RFPs)

25 25 Acquisition Planning: Contract METHODS Commercial Items (CI) and Services (FAR Part 12) Definition of CI and Services Phonebook Test

26 26 Acquisition Planning: Contract METHODS Simplified Acquisitions (FAR Part 13) Under $3,000 (Micro-purchase) $3,000 to $100k (Simplified acquisition threshold--SAT) Up to $5.5M (SAT for commercial items)

27 27 4 Phases of Government Contracts Acquisition Planning Pre-Award (Source Selection) Post-Award (Performance) Close-Out

28 28 Pre-Award (Source Selection): Competition Every contract requires competition Micro-purchases (under $3,000) - reasonable price-FAR Between $3,000 and Simplified Acquisition Threshold (SAT) - reasonable number of sources (Rule of 3)-FAR Over SAT-Competition in Contracting Act - Full and open competition-FAR 6.101

29 29 Full and open competition AFTER EXCLUSION OF SOURCES FAR Subpart 6.2 e.g., contracts set aside for small business, etc. OTHER THAN full and open competition FAR Subpart 6.3 requires JUSTIFICATION & APPROVAL (J&A); e.g., only one source exists e.g., unusual and compelling urgency Pre-Award (Source Selection): Competition

30 30 Over $25,000 Government-wide Point of Entry (GPE) -- or $10,000 to $25,000 Posting in a public place Under $10,000 No requirement Pre-Award (Source Selection): Advertising

31 31 Pre-Award (Source Selection): Evaluation of Offers Responsibility (FAR 9.103) A Government contract shall be awarded only to a RESPONSIBLE contractor Responsiveness (FAR ) Offers must meet ALL essential requirements of the solicitation (only for sealed bids)

32 32 Pre-Award (Source Selection): Bid Protests What are they? Basically, offerors or potential offerors challenging a solicitation or a contract award Various Remediesinc. possible STAY… Of AwardPre-Award Of PerformancePost-Award

33 33 Pre-Award (Source Selection): Bid Protests Where are they filed? Agency Protests (FAR Subpart 33.1) Government Accountability Office (GAO) Court of Federal Claims (COFC)

34 34 4 Phases of Government Contracts Acquisition Planning Pre-Award (Source Selection) Post-Award (Performance) Close-out

35 35 Post-Award (Performance) The Life of the Contract Contract Administration Contract Changes Claims/Disputes

36 36 Post-Award (Performance): Contract Administration Contract Administration Primarily conducted by contracting office personnel (along w/Program Management and functional quality assurance folks) Government should not wait until there is a problem to involve JA or DCMA KEY: Foster strong relationships with all resources available

37 37 Post-Award (Performance): Changes/Bilateral Modifications Contract Changes (FAR Subpart 43.1) Changes Clause allows minor changes EQUITABLE ADJUSTMENT in price Change must be: WITHIN SCOPE (of work), and Made by one with PROPER AUTHORITY (CO) Unilateral Modifications Bilateral Modifications

38 38 Contract Disputes (FAR Subpart 33.2) Administrative or judicial litigation between the contractor and the agency, relating to contract performance Starts with a CLAIM to the CO Adverse final decision by CO perfects appeal to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) or the Court of Federal Claims (COFC) Post-Award (Performance): Contract Disputes

39 39 4 Phases of Government Contracts Acquisition Planning Pre-Award (Source Selection) Post-Award (Performance) Close-Out

40 40 Close-Out Natural Causes

41 41 Close-Out Early Termination Convenience Default

42 42 Close-Out Termination for Convenience of the Government (T4C) (FAR Part 49) May be for any reason, or for no reason at all Financially O.K. for the contractor

43 43 Close-Out Termination for the Default (T4D) (FAR Part 49) Contractors unexcused, present or prospective, failure to perform Contractor may have to pay for Govt reprocurement costs and risks debarment

44 44 Role of the Government Contract Professional Legal Reviews Legal Advice Business Counsel Litigation Support

45 45 Role of the Government Contract Professional: Legal Reviews Contract File Review Funding Document Contract Document Statement of Work (SOW) Price Negotiation Memorandum (PNM) Technical Evaluation Other Contract Documents Talk to the Contracting Officer

46 46 Summary What Is a Government Contract? Authority to Enter into Government Contracts Four Phases of Government Contracts The Role of the Government Contract Professional


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