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FAR 8.405-2 vs FAR 15 Negotiated

I want to thank a Washington Headquarter Services Contracting Officer Mr. Christopher E. Harris for giving me permission to post another one of his well written papers.   It has a lot of information backed by regulation and case references.  While some of his opinions on utilizing FAR 15 terms of art slightly differ from others we have posted, we always welcome new perspectives.   Here is the summary of his paper:

"Acquisitions conducted under the authority of FAR 8.405-2, “Ordering Procedures that Require a SOW” often resemble negotiated procurements. Even though 8.405-2 acquisitions are not governed by FAR 15, the standards generally applicable to negotiated procurement may apply. This paper highlights where the standards are the same and where deviations are allowable. In addition, this paper offers suggestions on how the contracting officer may implement simplified procedures without violating applicable standards."

 

Click on this link to download: FAR 8.405-2 vs Negotiated 02.04.2015

I suggest downloading the pdf  first then opening it up in order to navigate the links within the document easily.

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