From the e-Activity, enumerate the requirements for full and open competition and discuss the importance of the policies and processes to guarantee conducting business with integrity, fairness, and openness.
FAR 6.101(a) states that the contracting officers shall promote and provide for full and open competition in soliciting offers and awarding Government contracts.
FAR Part 6.101(b) requires contracting officers to provide for full and open competition using competitive procedures. FAR 6.102 the use of competitive procedures available when providing for full and open competition:
· Sealed Bids
· Competitive Proposals
· Combination of Competitive Procedures when sealed bidding is not appropriate
· Other Competitive Procedures such as:
Selection of sources for Architect-Engineer contracts in accordance with the provisions of 40 U.S.C. 1102
Competitive selection of basic and applied research and that part of development not related to the development of a specific system or hardware procurement resulting from a broad agency announcement or peer or scientific review o Use of multiple award schedules issued by the Administrator of General Services.
Determine how government procurement officers can balance getting a good price with getting an effective result – in other words, best value.
Contracting officers need to get a great product for a great price. Best value is not always the cheapest price, when you put your offer on the table you have to actually state best value first before the sending out the bid.
Week 2 Discussion 2
"Specification Overload" Please respond to the following:
Debate the challenges to government procurement officers in carrying out their job of writing specifications for everything from translation services to fighter jets – including the range of expertise that would be required to