Socioeconomics of Government Contracting

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Assignment 2: Socioeconomics of Government Contracting
Tyasheen Anderson
Dr. Bonita Campbell
LEG440
February 3, 2013

After reading the sample request for proposal, it has been determined that the proposal does not meet the government’s standard form for solicitation. A typical form is much lengthier than the provided sample; however the information provided is very straight to the point. It does specify the services they would like to have performed and does ask the bidder to provide further information in their response. The official form would list other information like the deadline for final submission and would specify if there will be a bidders meeting. A typical RFP is about 12 pages long and would elaborate on the work that needs to be done or requested to be done. It would also call for specifications such as design, drawing and engineering and notate what the contractor is responsible for in terms of permits. I do think competitive negotiations would benefit the government with their cost savings in the sample Request for Proposal. Using competitive negotiations allows the government to be more selective on whom they award the contract to. They have the option of receiving several different proposals of various prices and estimates, giving them the option to pick the one that will provide what service or product they are requesting all while keeping within their budget. Because the procurement must be conducted with full and open competition, the bidders would have a better knowledge on what their competitors are offering and can likely match it. In the event a smaller company was awarded the contract, a larger company would have three ways to file their protest. They could argue or file their complaint with the specific agency that offered the proposal. They could file their protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) or the U.S Court of Federal Claims. The FAR encourages both the bidder or contractor and the



References: http://www.gao.gov/decisions/bidpro/bid/filing.html http://name-aam.org/uploads/downloadables/RFP_Template.pdf Feldman, S W (2012). Government contract guidebook 2011- 2012 (4th ed). Eagan, MN: Westlaw

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