Legal and Administrative Framework of the Federal Procurement Project

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The Legal and Administrative Framework of the Federal Procurement Process by Instructor: Course Title: January 18, 2012 The Legal and Administrative Framework of the Federal Procurement Process Introduction Highly publicized incidents such as the federal government purchasing at $500 hammer or $2,500 toilet seat continue to capture headlines as examples of a federal procurement process gone awry, but these notorious examples have become few and far between in recent years, due in large part to significant reforms such as the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 that minimized some of these problems. Despite these substantive reforms, the federal government continues to receive criticisms concerning the manner in which it administers the procurement process. In order to gain new insights in this area, this paper provides a review of the relevant literature to describe the legal and administrative framework and socio-economic considerations of the federal procurement process. A summary of the research and important findings are presented in the conclusion. Review and Discussion Legal Framework At present, federal procurement contracts are governed by a number of statutory and regulatory requirements, including the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) (Nou, 2009). The FAR sets forth detailed procedures concerning virtually all aspects of the federal procurement process including notice and competition as well as awards and contract management (Nou,
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