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Government Contracting: Promises and Perils

Government Contracting: Promises and Perils

by William Sims Curry

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The second edition of Government Contracting: Promises and Perils picks up where the first edition’s mission left off: exposing fraud, incompetence, waste, and abuse (FIWA) and analyzing corruption, mismanagement, and ineptitude that defile government contracting. The first edition thoroughly outlined procurement throughout the contracting cycle including initial planning, contractor selection, contract administration, contract closeout, and auditing. This significantly revised new edition provides additional much-needed guidance on contracting documents, management tools, and processes for addressing negative influences on government contracting, including an improved approach to evaluating proposals.

Specific guidance for avoiding FIWA is provided for government officials and employees, government agencies, and government contractors, and practical solutions to problems faced by individuals and organizations involved in government contracting are intended for both practitioner and pedagogical applications. The "Government Procurement Corruption Wall of Shame" that was introduced in the first edition to illustrate contracting perils such as conflicts of interest, duplicity, favoritism, incompetence, kickbacks, and protests is continued in the second edition, and cases illustrating the existence of FIWA in government contracting have been thoroughly updated. Contracting documents and contract management tools are provided on a website designed to accompany the book. Written at the graduate level and specifically intended for state, local, federal, and international government procurement activities, this textbook is required reading for public procurement, contract management, business, and public administrations courses.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781315536439
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/05/2016
Series: ASPA Series in Public Administration and Public Policy
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 322
Sales rank: 440,265
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

William Sims Curry is President of WSC Consulting, a small business specializing in consulting on government contracting. He served as an Air Force systems procurement officer and was formerly employed in purchasing management for prime contractors on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, DOE’s Positron Electron Project, and numerous DOD programs. He is author of three books on government contracting and numerous articles and research papers on government contracts and is a certified professional contracts manager (CPCM) and a fellow by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).

Table of Contents

1. Big Picture - Big Issues

2. Processes and Issues in Contracting

3. Ethics in Contracting4. Sole Source or Competition?

4.0 Appeal of Competitive Contracting

5. Social Objectives through Government Contracting

6. Solicitations and Pre-Proposal Communications

7. Proposal Evaluation

8. Contract Administration

9. Contracting During Emergencies

10. Contract Completion and Audit

Appendix Glossary of Terms

Appendices Available Online

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Mr. Curry takes on the ethical and social issues involved in Government contracting in a persuasive and reader friendly manner. No wasted discussions on philosophical issues but direct and meaningful methods of improving a broken system. Suggested reading not only for contracting personnel but anyone involved in government policy making.
—Lee Schuh, Contracting consultant and instructor

Government Contracting: Promises and Perils by William Sims Curry is a good read for government and industry contracting, acquisition and program management professionals. Mr. Curry’s book integrates an emphasis on strong acquisition planning up-front in the acquisition life cycle. Those of us with significant experience and leadership in major acquisition programs know that effective acquisition planning normally results in a clean and effective contract award. Effective acquisition planning leads toward more successful achievement of mission objectives within cost, schedule and scope parameters in a post –award contract management environment.
—John Dobriansky, CPCM, NCMA Fellow, National Contract Management Assoc.

Seldom does a book come along that has true value to the active practitioner in any field. Contracting is fundamental to business of any type and doing so well is extremely important to business success. This book and supplemental material gives any contracting professional a plethora of sound advice and real tools with which to design, develop and implement contracts in a professional and ethical manner. A must for any contract professional’s desk.
—Greg Sanger, PhD, SpectraSensors

Provides cautionary insights into the government procurement processes. A solid treatment of government contracting techniques. Contemporary and in tune with contracting events of the day.
—Dr. Mike Criss, CPCM. 29-year member of the National Contract Management Association; member of the Executive Advisory Council and Ethics and Standards Committee.

This book fills an important gap in teaching contracting in public administration graduate programs. Managers, contractors, and students of this dynamic field will find in this volume a wealth of practical techniques and policy ideas for sound and ethical contracting.
—M. Ernita Joaquin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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