Contracting for Quality Facilities

by William B. Moore, Logistics Management Inst, United States,
Trevor L. Neve, Logistics Management Inst, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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Currently, Department of Defense (DoD) contracting for facilities is done almost exclusively with sealed-bid solicitations, low-bid awards, and firm-fixed-price (FFP) contracts. Quality is managed primarily with the drawings and specifications that accompany the invitations for bids and by Government inspections during construction. It was found that less traditional contracting can improve the quality of the facilities acquired. Examples include award fees, indefinite-quantity contracts, and design/build contracts. However, DoD contracting officers find it difficult to depart from traditional contracting. They are discouraged by real and perceived barriers in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and, more significantly, by Military Service rules, regulations and policies.

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