Accession Number : ADP002749

Title :   Paperless Solicitation and Contracting,

Corporate Author : ARMY ARMAMENT MUNITIONS AND CHEMICAL COMMAND ROCK ISLAND IL

Personal Author(s) : Nickolas,G. T.

Report Date : 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : This paper examines the contract simplification effort currently undergoing prototype development in the services under the Defense Acquisition Improvement Program. This effort has led the author to explore the state of the art of contracting and what changes will have to be made to methods of contracting to keep pace with the commercial marketplace in the next decade. Further, the computer is becoming as common as the telephone in every office. The use of the computer seems to be unlimited, ranging from games to sending electronic mail. This paper provides what the author perceives as a step by step advancement needed by the Government in the use of computers to transition from formal paper contracts transported by mail to paperless contracting transmitted via telephone lines or satellite to contractors and between contractor and Government agencies. This paper explains the author's concept of the various elements of paperless contract evolution which must be achieved to allow the release of solicitations via computers, and the eventual award of contracts via computers. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Government procurement, *Acquisition, *Automation, *Contracts, *Management planning and control, Office equipment and supplies, Communications networks, Contract administration, Computer applications, Technology forecasting, Procurement, Planning, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE