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Federal Contracting Activities and Contract Types

The Department of Defense plans to issue a $400,000 government contract to a company that specializes in drone navigation technologies. As a result, a government auditor has been contacted to examine the operational data VectorCal and one competitor (previously identified as “your company”) in order to decide which company should win the government contract.

 

Note: You may create and /or make all necessary assumptions needed for the completion of this assignment.

 

Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:

 

  1. Create a one-page overview of the history and background of each company vying for the government contract.
  2. Specify at least one (1) of the recent major contracts that was awarded to both companies. Explain the fundamental reasons why both companies were awarded the contract(s) that you specified.
  3. Determine the type(s) of contract for which both companies might be eligible (e.g., fixed-price, cost reimbursement, etc.). Justify your response.
  4. Discuss at least three (3) direct costs and three (3) indirect costs that each company incurred during the production of its navigation system. Explain the manner in which this data would factor into your decision as to which company would be more eligible to receive the contract.
  5. Suggest which company should be awarded this government contract based on the data that was presented for each company. Next, provide three to five (3-5) reasons to support your stance.
  6. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.

 

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

 

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

 

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

 

  • Specify the government policies regarding profit and pricing adjustments for contracts.
  • Evaluate the role played by contract auditors.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in cost and price analysis.
  • Write clearly and concisely about cost and price analysis using proper writing mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

Points: 240

Assignment 5: Federal Contracting Activities and Contract Types

Criteria

 

Unacceptable
Below 60% F

Meets Minimum Expectations
60-69% D

 

Fair
70-79% C

 

Proficient
80-89% B

 

Exemplary
90-100% A

1. Createa one-page overview of the history and background of each company vying for the government contract.
Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely create a one-page overview of the history and background of each company vying for the government contract.

Insufficiently created a one-page overview of the history and background of each company vying for the government contract.

 Partially created a one-page overview of the history and background of each company vying for the government contract.

Satisfactorily created a one-page overview of the history and background of each company vying for the government contract.

Thoroughly created a one-page overview of the history and background of each company vying for the government contract.

Weight: 15%

         

3. Determine the type(s) of contract for which both companies might be eligible (e.g., fixed-price, cost reimbursement, etc.). Justify your response.
Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely determine the type(s) of contract for which both companies might be eligible (e.g., fixed-price, cost reimbursement, etc.). Did not submit or incompletely justify your response.

Insufficiently determined the type(s) of contract for which both companies might be eligible (e.g., fixed-price, cost reimbursement, etc.). Insufficiently justified your response.

 Partially determined the type(s) of contract for which both companies might be eligible (e.g., fixed-price, cost reimbursement, etc.). Partially justified your response.

Satisfactorily determined the type(s) of contract for which both companies might be eligible (e.g., fixed-price, cost reimbursement, etc.). Satisfactorily justified your response.

Thoroughly determined the type(s) of contract for which both companies might be eligible (e.g., fixed-price, cost reimbursement, etc.). Thoroughly justified your response.

4. Discuss at least three (3) direct costs and three (3) indirect costs that each company incurred during the production of its navigation system. Explain the manner in which this data would factor into your decision as to which company would be more eligible to receive the contract.
Weight: 20%

Did not submit or incompletely discuss at least three (3) direct costs and three (3) indirect costs that each company incurred during the production of its navigation system. Did not submit or incompletely explain the manner in which this data would factor into your decision as to which company would be more eligible to receive the contract.

Insufficiently discussed at least three (3) direct costs and three (3) indirect costs that each company incurred during the production of its navigation system. Insufficiently explained the manner in which this data would factor into your decision as to which company would be more eligible to receive the contract.

 Partially discussed at least three (3) direct costs and three (3) indirect costs that each company incurred during the production of its navigation system. Partially explained the manner in which this data would factor into your decision as to which company would be more eligible to receive the contract.

Satisfactorily discussed at least three (3) direct costs and three (3) indirect costs that each company incurred during the production of its navigation system. Satisfactorily explained the manner in which this data would factor into your decision as to which company would be more eligible to receive the contract.

Thoroughly discussed at least three (3) direct costs and three (3) indirect costs that each company incurred during the production of its navigation system. Thoroughly explained the manner in which this data would factor into your decision as to which company would be more eligible to receive the contract.

5. Suggest which company should be awarded this government contract based on the data that was presented for each company. Next, provide three to five (3-5) reasons to support your stance.
Weight: 20%

Did not submit or incompletely suggest which company should be awarded this government contract based on the data that was presented for each company. Did not submit or incompletely provide three to five (3-5) reasons to support your stance.

Insufficiently suggested which company should be awarded this government contract based on the data that was presented for each company. Insufficiently provided three to five (3-5) reasons to support your stance.

 Partially suggested which company should be awarded this government contract based on the data that was presented for each company. Partially provided three to five (3-5) reasons to support your stance.

Satisfactorily suggested which company should be awarded this government contract based on the data that was presented for each company. Satisfactorily provided three to five (3-5) reasons to support your stance.

Thoroughly suggested which company should be awarded this government contract based on the data that was presented for each company. Thoroughly provided three to five (3-5) reasons to support your stance.

6. 3 References
Weight: 5%

No references provided

Does not meet the required number of references; all references poor quality choices.

Does not meet the required number of references; some references poor quality choices.

Meets number of required references; all references high quality choices.

Exceeds number of required references; all references high quality choices.

7. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements
Weight: 10%

More than 8 errors present

7-8 errors present

5-6 errors present

3-4 errors present

0-2 errors present

 

 

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