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Contract Pricing Negotiation

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The article explains the Contract Pricing Negotiation in Federal Supply Schedule Program and FAR Acquisitions. It covers the Request for Quotation Procedure, Statements of Works, Clarification, and Discussions. The article also provides references for further reading.
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The Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program handles infinite contracts relating to delivery which is concerned with providing supplies and services at a decided prices for a defined period of time. The Federal Supply Schedule Program is controlled and managed by General Services Administration (GSA) and provides agencies with a simple procedure of accessing commercial supplies and services at prices relating to a large amount of purchase. Federal Supply Schedule contracts simplifies the process of acquisition by mitigating pre-award duties of Contracting Officer such as determining fair and justified price elimination of the need for a separate responsibility determination, eliminating the need to make divided small business determination and eventually it is not necessary to make assessment of previous performance as a part of reward decision. However, the conditions associated with exchanges in FAR part 8.4 procurements are not precisely mentioned (Curry, W. S., 2014).The Contracting Officer has flexibility in modifying suitable evaluation process when making use of simple process but the GAO has clarified that where an agency applies for Request for Quotation (RFQ) and shifts the burden to the vendors for making selection of items from their schedules, they will make assessment of the correctness of actions of contracting officer in compliance with the code of conduct that applies to negotiated procurements. Along with that GAO case law makes suggestions that when discussions on proposals are used in a FAR 8.4 environment, they must hold meaning and be productive (Bleicher, N. B., Dunn, W. I., Gordon, D. I., & Kang, J. L., 2008).FAR Acquisitions have a statement of work that includes the following General Ordering Activities should use the procedures in this subsection when ordering services priced at hourly rates. It undertakes elements such as previous performance, trade considerations, expected the life of the item selected in
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