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(f) Need for Technical Review.  In two-step sealed bidding procedures,
only those bidders whose technical proposals are acceptable after step one
are solicited for bids in step two.  In step two, the low bid must be
accepted even though another bidder's proposal may appear more technically
desirable at a slightly higher bid price.
(g) Need for Scope Flexibility. Under most time and materials
contracts there is little positive profit incentive to the contractor for
cost control or later efficiency. A time and materials contract may be used
when it is not possible at the time of placing the contract to estimate
accurately the extent or duration of the work or to anticipate costs with
any reasonable degree of confidence.
(h) Need for Administration Resources. The management resources needed
in the formation and administration of different types of contract must be
compared with the resources available.  The availability of resumes can be
a significant factor in deciding on the contract type.
5-310 General.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requires that
contracts be awarded only to responsible prospective contractors. The
qualification criterion that is most significant, in so far as the quality
of service is concerned, is the finding of "responsible." The FAR at 9.104
states the general standards by which the contractor's responsibility is
judged.  Among these standards, the following are generally the prim
considerations taken into account in determining responsibility for typical
To be responsible, a prospective contractor must:
(a) Have a satisfactory performance record,
(b) Have a satisfactory record of integrity and business ethics,
(c) Have the necessary organization, experience, accounting and
operational controls, and technical skills, or the ability to obtain them,
(d) Have the appropriate capabilities to undertake quality control
procedures during the course of the work to be performed under the contract,
(e) Have the necessary technical equipment and facilities, or the
ability to obtain them,
(f)  Be otherwise qualified and eligible to receive an award tier
applicable laws and regulations.
In reviewing the contractor's performance record (see (a) above) the FAR
"A prospective contractor that is or recently has been seriously
deficient in contract performance shall be presumed to be


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