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According to the Congressional Budget
Office, Civilian agencies obligated over $435 billion in fiscal year 2012 for
services–80 percent of total civilian spending on contracts. Service
acquisitions have suffered from termination of contracts. Imagine that
you are a contracts officer for the Internal Revenue Services (IRS), and that
your supervisor has tasked you with the procurement of a new software system
for processing tax returns.
Review “Contracting Officer’s
Decision” in Chapter 22 of the textbook and the information from the following
Federal Acquisition Review (FAR) “49.402-1 The Government’s Right” to “49.402-3 Procedure for
Federal Acquisition Review (FAR) “52.233-1 Disputes”
Federal Acquisition Review (FAR) “52.249-2 Termination for Convenience of the Government
Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper
in which you:
Examine the manner in which
termination for default can be categorized as both a cost savings measure and a
creator of additional cost. Provide one (1) example to support your
Conclude the manner in which the
termination for default clause impacts contracts when it is also both a cost
savings method and a creator of cost mechanism. Provide a rationale for
Provide your opinion as to whether or
not the Contract Disputes Act overlaps the FAR’s Standard Disputes clause.
Justify your position. Suggest language that would merge the two (2) acts, thus
streamlining the dispute process and making it timelier.
Predict two (2) ramifications of a
failure to terminate the entire contract and opting to engage in a partial
termination. Compare and contrast the major differences between a partial
termination and a deductive change. Provide two (2) examples that depict the
necessity of each of these types of termination clauses.
Debate whether or not the contracting
officer holds too much power where the awarding of government contracts is
concerned. Propose a checks-and-balances system that provides two (2) standards
for ensuring that the contracting officer: a) does not have the sole choice in
vendor selection; and b) is not in a position to be enticed to award a contract
that would invite impropriety. Provide a rationale for your response.
Use at least five (5) quality
academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia does not qualify as an
Your assignment must follow these
Be typed, double spaced, using Times
New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and
references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor
for any additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the
title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course
title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in
the required assignment page length.