BUS 501 – Types of Contracts and Performance-Based Acquisition

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

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Required Resources

Compton, P. B. (2010). Federal acquisition: Key issues and guidance. Vienna, VA: Management Concepts, Inc.

Feldman, Steven W. (2016). Government contracts in a nutshell (6th ed.). St. Paul, MN: LEG, Inc. d/b/a West Academic.

Supplemental Resources

Brown, T. L., Potoski, M., & Van Slyke, D. M. (2009). The challenge of contracting for large complex projects: A case study of the coast guard’s Deepwater program. IBM Center for the Business of Government. Retrieved from http://www.businessofgovernment.org/sites/default/files/deepwater_magazine_0.pdf

Rendon, R. G. Critical success factors in government contract management. Retrieved from http://www.ippa.org/IPPC4/Proceedings/19Others/Pap…

Schwartz, M. (2009). Defense Acquisitions: How DOD Acquires Weapon Systems and Recent Efforts to Reform the Process. Retrieved from http://assets.opencrs.com/rpts/RL34026_20090710.pd…

Assignment 2: Types of Contracts and Performance-Based Acquisition
Worth 110 points

Imagine that you are working on a two-million-dollar procurement for the purchase of vehicles for the fleet of trucks and cars to be used by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection. These vehicles will be used for off-road driving on dirt roads in Arizona. Your manager has asked you to select the type of contract to be used for the vehicle purchase.

Choose to respond to this scenario from a government or a contractor perspective. If you select government, then you will complete the assignment as if you are a government employee (or military personnel) receiving the proposal from the contractor. If you select contractor, then you will complete the assignment as if you are a contractor employee submitting a proposal to the government.

Write a six (6) page paper in which you:

  1. Examine the types of contracts and performance-based acquisition. Select the type of contract you would like to use for the vehicle purchase.
  2. Evaluate the pros and cons of sealed bidding contracts and negotiated contracts, emphasizing which one would be best for this purchase.
  3. Determine the responsibilities of the contracting officer during the proposal evaluation process.
  4. Assess the requirements for performance-based acquisitions.
  5. Create requirements for the vehicle purchase that could be included in a performance-based contract with rationale.
  6. Use at least five (5) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • 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.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Analyze the acquisition methods, select the type of contract, and determine if a performance- based contract is appropriate.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in government acquisition.
  • Write clearly and concisely about government acquisition using proper writing mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric found here.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

Points: 110

Assignment 2: Types of Contracts and Performance-Based Acquisition

Criteria

Unacceptable

Below 70% F

Fair

70-79% C

Proficient

80-89% B

Exemplary

90-100% A

1. Examine the types of contracts and performance-based acquisition. Select the type of contract you would like to use for the vehicle purchase.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely examined the types of contracts and performance-based acquisition. Did not submit or incompletely selected the type of contract you would like to use for the vehicle purchase.

Partially examined the types of contracts and performance-based acquisition. Partially selected the type of contract you would like to use for the vehicle purchase.

Satisfactorily examined the types of contracts and performance-based acquisition. Satisfactorily selected the type of contract you would like to use for the vehicle purchase.

Thoroughly examined the types of contracts and performance-based acquisition. Thoroughly selected the type of contract you would like to use for the vehicle purchase.

2. Evaluate the pros and cons of sealed bidding contracts and negotiated contracts, emphasizing which one would be best for this purchase.
Weight: 20%

Did not submit or incompletely evaluated the pros and cons of sealed bidding contracts and negotiated contracts, emphasizing which one would be best for this purchase.

Partially evaluated the pros and cons of sealed bidding contracts and negotiated contracts, emphasizing which one would be best for this purchase.

Satisfactorily evaluated the pros and cons of sealed bidding contracts and negotiated contracts, emphasizing which one would be best for this purchase.

Thoroughly evaluated the pros and cons of sealed bidding contracts and negotiated contracts, emphasizing which one would be best for this purchase.

3. Determine the responsibilities of the contracting officer during the proposal evaluation process.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely determined the responsibilities of the contracting officer during the proposal evaluation process.

Partially determined the responsibilities of the contracting officer during the proposal evaluation process.

Satisfactorily determined the responsibilities of the contracting officer during the proposal evaluation process.

Thoroughly determined the responsibilities of the contracting officer during the proposal evaluation process.

4. Assess the requirements for performance-based acquisitions.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely assessed the requirements for performance-based acquisitions.

Partially assessed the requirements for performance-based acquisitions.

Satisfactorily assessed the requirements for performance-based acquisitions.

Thoroughly assessed the requirements for performance-based acquisitions.

5. Create requirements for the vehicle purchase that could be included in a performance-based contract with rationale.

Weight: 20%

Did not submit or incompletely created requirements for the vehicle purchase that could be included in a performance-based contract with rationale.

Partially created requirements for the vehicle purchase that could be included in a performance-based contract with rationale.

Satisfactorily created requirements for the vehicle purchase that could be included in a performance-based contract with rationale.

Thoroughly created requirements for the vehicle purchase that could be included in a performance-based contract with rationale.

6. 4 references

Weight: 5%

No references provided

Does not meet the required number of references; some or all references poor quality choices.

Meets number of required references; all references high quality choices.

Exceeds number of required references; all references high quality choices.

7. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements

Weight: 10%

More than 6 errors present

5-6 errors present

3-4 errors present

0-2 errors present

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