Below are the answers to Steve’s 5 FUN with the FAR questions posted on LinkedIn. How did you do? Steve can’t wait for the series to begin. We hope you can join in the fun and “Go FARther℠” with us as we begin our journey on August 14!
[Note for our regular Blog readers: Steve Daoust, the lead instructor for PCI’s 25 bi-weekly webisode series, Fun with the FAR ℠, starting in August 2013, has promised to enlighten and entertain you with FUN FAR FACTS, and answer questions throughout the year. Steve is so excited about the inaugural show which will focus on FAR Parts 1 & 2, that he could not wait to start a dialogue with you and test your FAR knowledge. If you want to test your knowledge, try to answer the questions before scrolling down to see the answers at the bottom]
1) True or False? Contractors who provide products or services to the Federal Government are to be considered members of the Government’s “Federal Acquisition Team.”
2) Who are the principal customers for the products and services procured under the Federal Acquisition System?
3) True or False? A contracting officer may unilaterally incorporate a new or modified FAR clause into an awarded contract without consideration?
4) What three government officials are personally responsible for compliance with the FAR?
5) What is a D&F?
Question #1: True or False? Contractors who provide products or services to the Federal Government are to be considered members of the Government’s “Federal Acquisition Team.”
Answer: True. Both FAR 1.102(b)(c) and FAR 1.102-3 note that the Acquisition Team consists of all in Government acquisition including not only representatives of the technical, supply, and procurement communities but also the customers they serve, and the contractors who provide the products and services. (emphasis added).
Question #2: Who are the principal customers for the products and services procured under the Federal Acquisition System?
Answer: FAR 1.102-2 provides that the principal customers are “the users and line managers acting on behalf of the American tax payer.”
Question #3: True or False? A contracting officer may unilaterally incorporate a new or modified FAR clause into an awarded contract without consideration?
Answer: False. FAR 1.108(d)(3) provides that “Contracting officers may, at their discretion, include the changes in any existing contract with appropriate consideration.” (emphasis added).
Question #4: What three government officials are personally responsible for compliance with the FAR?
Answer: FAR 1.202 provides that “Agency compliance with the FAR is the responsibility of the Secretary of Defense (for the military departments and defense agencies), the Administrator of General Services (for civilian agencies other than NASA), and the Administrator of NASA (for NASA activities).
Question #5: What is a D&F?
Answer: FAR 1.701 provides that a “Determination and Finding” is a special form of written approval by an authorized official that is required by statute or regulation as a prerequisite to taking certain contract actions. The “determination” is a conclusion or decision supported by the “findings.’’ The findings are statements of fact or rationale essential to support the determination and must cover each requirement of the statute or regulation
For more information on the Fun with the FAR ℠ webisode series, please visit http://www.publiccontractinginstitute.com/government-contracting-webinars/fun-with-the-far/