Discussion 1: Source Selection and Technical Evaluation Plan
Purpose of Evaluation Plan
The main purpose of evaluation plan is to get the answer of some questions such as to analyze the proposal with the ability of offeror in the successful completion of prospective contract (The MITRE Corporation, 2013). For example, an organization offers another organization for acquisition process to get the huge benefits from market. Hence, the first organization sends the proposal to another on the basis of the acquisition planning act FAR 7 (The MITRE Corporation, 2013). Hence, followings are some steps that organization would take in the duration of contract related to acquisition process such as:
Plan and request of proposal: This process helps to know about the proposed price for acquisition to satisfy the needs of offeree. This analysis also facilitates to know about the understanding of offeror’s towards the project along with his or her ability for performing the contract in an effective manner.
Determination of Competitive Capability and related Discussion: This step helps to analyze the performance of offeror in market along with capability in the context of performance against the competitions (The MITRE Corporation, 2013). This step also analyzes the experience of other subcontractors that will take the responsibilities to make the profitable acquisition.
Technical Evaluation: This step focuses over the ability of offeror’s for accomplishing the requirements related to technology.
Revision of Final Proposal: This process seeks the significant implementation of changes in the proposal after the discussion with offeror that would assist to make the decision related to acquisition (Compton, 2009).
Methods for Ranking Proposals
Followings are some methods that are used for ranking the proposal:
- Adjectival Rating (Compton, 2009).
- Numerical Weight
- Ordinal Ranking
Technical Evaluation Process
Followings are some criteria for the evaluation of technical process that are given below:
- For the significant evaluation of technical process, it is necessary to give the rating to a proposal. This category would help the technical evaluators to bring out the merit of the proposal on the basis of the request for proposal (RFP) (Rumbaugh, 2010).
- The evaluation plan contains the entire criteria of RFP that works as a tool for the panel of technical evaluation to evaluate the proposal effectively (Rumbaugh, 2010).
- By focusing over the solicitation of evaluation criteria.
Discussion 2: Legal Review during the Solicitation Phase
For the career such as a manufacturer, the dollar threshold has its importance because it helps to differentiate the items on the basis of noncommercial and commercial. Hence, it would help to make the contract at that time, when the contract covers by the act of Buy American Act (BAA). It also considers the acquisition methods with the supplies and related delivery systems that could affect the scope of acquisition plan. In context of manufacturing, for making the contract with suppliers, the current dollar threshold is greater than or equal to $100,000, while the proposed threshold is $250,000 (United States Census Bureau, 2013). It is because manufacturing contract generally takes place with the help of negotiated procurements because of the varying nature of raw material supplies.
The contract, which causes a change in governmental business polices and the volatility of the market and consequently change in business environment and the economics of market, would require legal review because of. At the same time, if manufacturer and suppliers, both has made the contract by this clause that on the basis of time, the contract would be upgraded, then this type of contract would not require any legal review.
Legal Reviews in Government Contracts
Civilian contractors play an important role in American military operations by supplying the army related equipments. There are several instructions that are necessary for the civil contractors to fulfill effectively. The main instruction is related to the contractors’ behavior because at the time of war it ensures whether the civil contractors would supply the army related equipments timely or not (Smith, 2012). The matter of an army is directly related to the security issues of the country, while civilian contract makes emphasis over the individual people. For both contexts, the legal review protects the rights of contractors and provides the same advantages to contractors, whether the contractor is army or civilian (Lindemann, 2007). Each review presents the needs of significant behavior of the contractors. Hence, following is the mini-review that could be used in every business environment:
- Gathering of data to analyze the past performance of contractor
- Collection of information about the behavior for a contractor (Smith, 2012)
- Formulation of a hypothesis with intervention plans for describing the behavior factors
- Measuring of intervention plan’s influences and evaluation of existing plan
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United States Census Bureau. (2013). Legal Thresholds. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/procur/www/legal-thresholds.html