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Subcontractinq Guide.

As many are aware, with increased competition and federal contract consolidations, there are substantially fewer opportunities for small businesses (SBs) to compete for and win federal contracts. Many SBs have turned to pursuing subcontracting opportunities with larger prime contractors. However, many of the teaming agreements and subcontracts entered into by SBs turn out to be "empty."

According to an article in Federal Contracts Report (March 20, 2001, page 310), the Federal Bar Association, Government Contracts Section, intends to develop a guide for SBs that want to serve as subcontractors under large business prime contractors. Expected to be completed by June 15, 2001, the guide will provide SBs with assistance in understanding contract provisions and business practices to ensure that the SB enters into an enforceable teaming agreement.

Additional information is available from Ralph Thomas, 202-358-2088, or by email to


DONNA S. IRETON is director. Acquisition Management Consulting and Training Group, Advanced Systems Development, inc., Saratoga, California. She was the 1998-1999 national president; she is an NCMA Fellow and a member of the Washington, D.C., Chapter.

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Author:Ireton, Donna S.
Publication:Contract Management
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Date:Jun 1, 2001
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