General Tips for Reading a
Government Contract Form.
Read all documents and forms included in the solicitation package (including attachments). If you do not understand a portion of the application, contact the POC. Reading sections C through K will help you have a firm understanding of the specific needs and requests required by the government agency. Pay special attention to Sections M and L of the application, as these outline the evaluation process of the solicitation.
Reading sections C through K will help you have a firm understanding of the specific needs and requests required by the government agency. Further instruction on reading the most important portions of the government packaging contract information is listed below.
(1) Optional Form (OF) 308, Solicitation and Offer�Negotiated Acquisition, or Standard Form (SF) 33, Solicitation, Offer and Award, may be used to prepare RFPs.
(2) When other than OF 308 or SF 33 is used, include the following information on the first page of the solicitation:
(i) Name, address, and location of issuing activity, including room and building where proposals or information must be submitted.
(ii) Solicitation number.
(iii) Date of issuance.
(iv) Closing date and time.
(v) Number of pages.
(vi) Requisition or other purchase authority.
(vii) Brief description of item or service.
(viii) Requirement for the offeror to provide its name and complete address, including street, city, county, state, and ZIP code, and electronic address (including facsimile address), if appropriate.
(ix) Offer expiration date.
You should make note of the type of contract, deadline for return of forms, mailing address of the government office and the name of the individual who will serve as your point of contact.
Includes a brief description of the supplies or services; e.g., item number, national stock number / part number if applicable, nouns, nomenclature, and quantities. (This includes incidental deliverables such as manuals and reports.) This portion of the solicitation form outlines the specific quantities of items that are needed. Each unique item or service is placed on a separate line and given a Contract Line Item Number (CLIN).
Next to each item, you will be asked to place your price in the blank space provided.
Be sure to read over the requested option rights as outlined in Section B as well.
This will help you understand how the contract might change in the future, including the government�s right to order future packaging services.
Includes any description or specifications needed in addition to Section B (see FAR Part 11.000, Describing Agency Needs).
Provides packaging, packing, preservation, and marking requirements, if any.
Include inspection, acceptance, quality assurance, and reliability requirements (see Far Part 46.000, Quality Assurance).
Includes any required accounting and appropriation data and any required contract administration information or instructions other than those on the solicitation form. Include a statement that the offeror should include the payment address in the proposal, if it is different from that shown for the offeror.
Includes a clear statement of any special contract requirements that are not included in Section I, Contract clauses, or in other sections of the uniform contract format
The contracting officer will include clauses required by law or by regulation and any additional clauses expected to be included in any resulting contract, if these clauses are not required in any other section of the uniform contract format. An index may be inserted if this section�s format is particularly complex.
The contracting officer will list the title, date, and number of pages for each attached document, exhibit, and other attachment. Cross-references to material in other sections may be inserted, as appropriate.
Included in this section are the solicitation provisions that require representations, certifications, or the submission of other information by offerors.
Inserted in this section is the solicitation provisions and other information and instructions not required elsewhere to guide offerors or respondents in preparing proposals or responses to requests for information. Prospective offerors or respondents may be instructed to submit proposals or information in a specific format or severable parts to facilitate evaluation.
The instructions may specify further organization of proposal or response parts, such as:
(4) Past performance; and
(5) Cost or pricing data (see Table 15-2 of 15.408) or information other than cost or pricing data.
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