Accession Number : ADP008594

Title :   Streamlining Defense Acquisition Laws. Chapter 2. Contract Administration.

Corporate Author : DEFENSE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT COLL FORT BELVOIR VA

Report Date : JAN 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 180

Abstract : This Chapter sets forth the Panel's recommendations concerning laws relating to contract administration. These laws apply primarily to matters arising after award of a DOD contract, although in some cases there is preaward application such as the use of cost principles in pricing contracts and determining the need for and the scope of a warranty provision. Similarly, other laws such as the Truth in Negotiations Act which have substantial post award application were not considered as part of the Panel's construct of contract administration. The Panel's statuatory mandate to streamline the acquisition process and eliminate laws that are unnecessary for the establishment and administration of the buyer and seller relationship has particular application to law relating to contract administration. Acquisition laws should focus on the contract formation process at which point national policies favoring competition, protection and support for small businesses, and domestic content laws are implemented. Lacking statutory guidance, decisions by procurement officials would not necessarily reflect the national policy decisions articulated in the laws passed by Congress and approved by the President.

Descriptors :   *CONTRACTS, *CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION, MILITARY PROCUREMENT, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, ACQUISITION, FEDERAL LAW.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE