Preparing for the unexpected, contracting in contingency situations.
Koster, Scott J.
Matsushima, Rodney F.
Lamm, David V.
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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the quality of the preparation that contracting professionals receive prior to contingency contracting situations. This was accomplished by exploring the literature on this subject and then comparing the findings and recommendations found with recent experience of contracting professionals returning from Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Contingency contracting issues analyzed include the identification of critical demands, effectiveness of current preparation, effects of laws and regulations, and contingency contracting tools. As a result of this analysis, it can be concluded that current instruction and on-the-job training is sufficient to provide contracting professionals with the requisite competence for contingency contracting situations. There is a need to involve contracting professionals early in the contingency planning process. Current laws and regulations did not constrain procurement of supplies and services during Desert Shield/Storm. The use of contingency contracting tools are paramount to the success of the contracting function in a contingency contracting situation and need to be assembled well in advance. This study recommends the continued education and training of contracting professionals in its present form, raising the thresholds for SF 44's and small purchase procedures for contingency situations, and improvement of contingency contracting kits.
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