Hello and thank you for joining us for our first eight Episodes of Fun with the FAR Season 10!
Our next session will cover: FAR Parts 9 (Contractor Qualifications) and 14 (Sealed Bidding)

As we prepare for our ninth episode of Season 10, here are a few FAR Facts for us to think about

A contract awarded using other than sealed bidding procedures is a “negotiated contract.” FAR 15.000.

  • Exchanges of information between the Government and industry are permitted and encouraged during the pre- solicitation stage. FAR 15.201(a).
  • The Government may request oral presentations in FAR Part 15 procurements. FAR 15.102.
  • Contracting officers are required to take detailed notes during oral presentations to document what the Government relied upon for purposes of source selection. FAR 15.102(d)-(e). A best practice is for the contracting officer to tape record the oral presentation.
  • The Government is required to evaluate price or cost in all FAR Part 15 acquisitions. FAR 15.304(c)(1).
  • Requests for Proposals (RFPs) that include FAR 52.215-1(f)(4) permit the Government to award a FAR Part 15-based contract upon receipt of initial proposals.
  • Proprietary information included in a contractor’s proposal will be protected from third party disclosure if it is properly marked in accordance with FAR 52.215-1(e).
  • To be considered for award, contractors must submit their proposals in strict compliance with instructions set forth in Section L of the solicitation. If no time for submission is referenced in the solicitation, the time for receipt is 4:30 pm, local time, for the designated office on the date that proposals are due. FAR 15.208(a).
  • At the conclusion of discussions, each offeror still in the competitive range shall be given an opportunity to submit a final proposal revision. FAR 15.307(b).
  1. The term “best and final offer” has now been changed to “final proposal revision.” FAR 15.307(b).
  1. Disappointed offerors are entitled to a debriefing only if they request one in writing within three (3) days of receiving notice that the contract has been awarded to another contractor. FAR 15.506(a)(1).
  1. The Government is not required to hold in-person debriefings. FAR 15.505(c).
  1. During a debriefing, a disappointed offeror is entitled to obtain the following information about the winning contractor: (i) the overall evaluated cost or price (including unit prices) and (ii) the technical ranking of the winning contractor relative to the technical ranking of the debriefed offerors. FAR 15.506(d).
  1. Unsolicited proposals should only be used for the sale and purchase of “innovative and unique ideas or approaches that have been developed outside the Government.” FAR 15.603.