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BUS501 Government Acquisition

Assignment

THE INDEPENDENT GOVERNMENT COST ESTIMATE AND THE STATEMENT OF WORK

The Independent Government Cost Estimate and the Statement of Work

Overview

Imagine that you are working in a federal government office as a government employee. You have been tasked with preparing an Independent Government Cost Estimate (IGCE) for a two-million-dollar procurement. The purchase is for the construction of 52 towers with cameras and radar. The period of the contract is 10 years. The contract will also include training for the camera operators.

Instructions

Write a 4–6 page paper in which you:

Evaluate the importance of the IGCE.

Examine the reasons for confidentiality of the IGCE. Propose two actions that should be taken in order to maintain the confidentiality of the IGCE.

Create a sample of a detailed cost estimate.

Evaluate the types of statements of work in regard to compatibility with this contract.

Determine the most appropriate type of statement of work for this contract. Support your position.

Use at least four quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other similar websites do not qualify as academic resources.

This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards. For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:

Create a detailed cost estimate that considers confidentiality and uses the appropriate statement of work type.

 

BUS501 Government Acquisition

Assignment

TYPES OF CONTRACTS AND PERFORMANCE-BASED ACQUISITION

Overview

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.

Instructions

Write a 4–6 page paper in which you:

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

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

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

Assess the requirements for performance-based acquisitions.

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

Use at least four quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other similar websites do not qualify as academic resources.

This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards. For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:

Evaluate contract types and performance-based acquisition requirements.

Dr. Vic’s TIPS!

Write a four to six (4-6) 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. (Dr. Vic’s Tips: This assignment is very close to the Db for Week 3, so I will offer similar tips and hints: You will also want to review Feldman, Ch. 16 and Compton Ch. 6. You will need to list, define, discuss and provide examples of the main three offered within the article: Fixed-Price, Cost-Reimbursement, Time-and-Materials (T&M), AND the two offered within Compton p.p. 66-70: Letter Contracts and Indefinite Delivery Contracts – this is a graduate level class…I will be looking for you to discuss all five! Please do so! Please include research from both of our textbooks [interpret, cite and reference]). For Performance-based acquisition, [Compton Ch. 7] you can also use information from your Week 3 DB as well). Finally, as the question requires, select and explain, the best type of contracts for the trucks and cars for DHS).

2.      Evaluate the pros and cons of sealed bidding contracts and negotiated contracts, emphasizing which one would be best for this purchase. (Dr. Vic’s Tips, p.p. 53-66 of our Compton text covers both sealed bidding and the negotiation process in depth, please use information from this source as well as Chapter 14 of Feldman. For sealed bidding Pros you can certainly discuss their common uses, p.p. 209-210, Feldman, and cons can be from p. 210 as well – second para. Also some of the Conditions for Sealed Bidding on p.  of Compton, could be interpreted as either pros or cons. Do the same for the negotiated contract type and then select and explain which type of acquisition would be best for the assignment scenario).

3.      Determine the responsibilities of the contracting officer during the proposal evaluation process. (Dr. Vic’s Tips: p.p. 55-58 of Compton has information relative to this CO question, also please use information from Feldman, Chapter 14, there are many areas within this chapter that will be good to use, for example, the very first para of p. 209, but really the entire chapter has great information to add).

4.      Assess the requirements for performance-based acquisitions. (Dr. Vic’s Tips: the entirety of Chapter 7 from Compton will help you answer this question; p. 77 will focus your scope in terms of general requirements. Make sure you discuss SOO and Quality Assurance Plans – see Chapter 7 of Compton. You discussed some of this info within your Week 3 DB).

5.      Create requirements for the vehicle purchase that could be included in a performance-based contract with rationale. (Dr. Vic’s Tips: now comes the application part of this assignment: remember as Compton p. 76 states, please concentrate on objectives!)

 

BUS501 Government Acquisition

Assignment

SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM AND SOURCE SELECTION PLANS

Overview

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.

Imagine that you are working on a program for the purchase of (if government) or the sale of (if contractor) the installation of security fencing around the base of towers along the Arizona-Mexico border that are used for long-range cameras. The cost of the project is $100,000. Your boss has asked you to create a portion of the main contract for a small business set-aside contract.

Instructions

Write a 6–8 page contract proposal in which you:

Examine the purpose of the federal small business program to include a historical aspect of the government regulations that created the program.

Evaluate the small business set-aside program in regard to the eligibility to participate.

Assess the dollar threshold reserved for small business contracts in the scenario.

Analyze the contract formats for government contracts to include universal and commercial formats. Determine which format to use for the small business contract described in the scenario.

Determine the purpose of the source selection evaluation plan.

Create ranking of criteria for evaluation plans for this scenario.

Use at least four quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other similar websites do not qualify as academic resources.

This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards. For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:

Prepare a small business contract for a government purchase using the most appropriate contract format.

 

BUS501 Government Acquisition

Assignment

TECHNICAL AND COST OR PRICE EVALUATIONS AND PRICE REASONABLENESS

Technical and Cost or Price Evaluations and Price Reasonableness

Overview

Imagine that you are a government employee (or military personnel). You have received a proposal from a contractor for a $2,000,000,000 project for the purchase of 52 towers to be installed on the Arizona-Mexico border. Each tower will have radar, night vision, and day vision with 7.5-mile range. You have been appointed as the Chairman of the Source Selection Evaluation Team.

Instructions

Write a 4–6 page paper in which you:

Defend the purpose of technical evaluations in regard to:

The importance of integrity and fairness.

The factors used to determine the competitive range.

Create an outline of the final technical evaluation report.

Determine the factors to consider when evaluating price reasonableness.

Examine different methods of price analysis. Determine which price analysis method would fit best in this scenario. Support your reasoning.

Use at least three quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other similar websites do not qualify as academic resources.

This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards. For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:

Develop an outline for a technical evaluation report using price analysis.

 

BUS501 Government Acquisition

Assignment

Announcing Contract Award and Responsibilities of the Contracting Officer’s Representative

Overview

Imagine that you are working on a project to purchase 5,000 electrical generators with an electrical capacity of three kilowatts and will be used by the U.S. Army for battlefield communications systems.

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.

Instructions

Write an 8–10 page paper in which you:

Evaluate the requirements for announcing federal contract awards. Determine how these requirements apply to this scenario.

Establish the responsibilities of the contracting officer’s representative (COR) for this contract.

Evaluate the existing training and certification requirements for CORs in general.

Create a set of specific requirements for the COR working on the contract for 5,000 electrical generators.

Assess the importance of safeguarding proprietary information. Propose two ways that proprietary information can be safeguarded in this scenario.

Use at least five quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other similar websites do not qualify as academic resources.

This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards. For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:

Create a set of specific requirements for a contracting officer’s representative (COR) working on a federal contract, including responsibilities, training and certification, and the handling of proprietary information.

 

  
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