Pros And Cons Of Contracting And The FAR

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Contracting and the FAR The United States (U.S.) government is the largest buyer in the world of products and services. There are regulations that each executive branch must follow when making purchases with congressionally appropriated funds either within or outside the U.S., for federal acquisitions. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), “The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) is a substantial and complex set of rules governing the federal government's purchasing process. Its purpose is to ensure purchasing procedures are standard, consistent and conducted in a fair and impartial manner” (SBA, 2014, homepage). Feldman (2013), states the FAR, “is prepared, issued, and maintained by the Secretary of Defense, the Administrator…show more content…
Initially, a criminal investigation was the primary focus for one the Navy’s main ship supplier, Glen Defense Marine Asia, a Pacific Fleet. However, investigators turned their inquiry to another contractor who supplied ships located in the waters of Africa, Middle East, and South America. A whistle-blower who worked for Inchcape Shipping Service, which is owned by the government of Dubai, suspected the company of fraudulent activity as a result ignited a civil fraud investigation to be conducted by The Justice Department. According to the article, it was alleged Inchcape, along with subcontractors, overcharged the Navy by millions of dollars (Drew & Ivory, 2013). The owner of Glen Defense was arrested in September 2013, charged with conspiracy to bribe Navy officials with cash, trips, and prostitutes. The article (2013) states, “in exchange for the bribes, the officials helped divert ships to certain ports where Glenn Defense submitted inflated bills” (para. 5). A total of seven Navy officials were charged, two of which were…show more content…
It appears the Naval Supply Systems Command had awarded contracts to Inchcape since 2002. Although the supply company was under investigation, the Naval Command continued to extend Inchcape’s contract seven times since 2010. According to Drew & Ivory, “Inchcape won at least $257 million for work in the Middle East under contract. And the Navy awarded the firm at least eight other contracts, estimated at more than $41 million” (para. 11). The Competition Requirement, as stated in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 6, “Prescribes policies and procedures to promote full and open competition in the acquisition process. And to provide for full and open competition, after exclusion of sources, and advocates for competition” (FAR, 2014, p. 6.1-1). This regulation offers adequate protection of the collective buying power of the American people because it prevents favoritism and gives businesses the opportunity to compete for federal contracts. It also allows the Government to select products and services at the lowest

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