Affirmative Action in Procurement

1840 WordsJun 4, 20138 Pages
The Government imposes a variety of socio-economic programs on its contractors as part of long-standing federal efforts to further affirmative action through federal contracting. Affirmative action regulations apply not only to minorities and women but to handicapped individuals, special disabled veterans, and veterans of the Vietnam era (FAR 52.22-35 and -36). For almost fifty years Former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s answer to “balance the opportunities” for minorities and women, affirmative action has attempted to eradicate America’s historical discrimination against minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. Affirmative action began as a plan to enable the disadvantaged and the disenfranchised (minorities, women and…show more content…
Strict adherence to formal procedures characterizes sealed bidding which attempts to provide a “level playing field” or as a multitude of references point out equal footing to all bidders who compete for a contract. Competitive negotiation is a more flexible process that enables the agency to conduct discussions, evaluate offers, and award the contract using price and other factors. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), whose origins can be traced back to the ASPA of 1947 was codified at Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations and became effective 1 April 1984. The FAR contains the uniform policies and procedures for acquisitions by all federal agencies to date. It addresses nearly every procurement related statute or executive policy; and subsequently encompasses every stage of the acquisition process. In a nutshell, FAR appears to have modernized and thus enveloped the aforementioned three acts. At this point in the discussion, the information provided should enable any/all reader(s), to formulate a purpose or justification for. Regardless of the verbiage, the apparent purpose of affirmative action in procurement is to address existing discrimination or compensate for past discrimination by promoting and insuring all governmental/educational programs to include procurement allow for the fair and equitable representation of the
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