Federal Procurement Bids Process

Malyszek & Malyszek is one of the few Government Contract law firms in the country that specializes in Federal Government Contract matters and proceedings. We focus on every aspect of contracting with the U.S. federal government for companies nationwide including cases regarding the Federal Procurement Process.

Federal procurement is the process used by the national government to purchase or lease goods and services. Procedures may differ between countries yet the goals for procurement policies are similar. These goals are intended to increase competition by offering fair access to potential bidders, maximizing the value received through the expenditure of public funds, and encouraging the responsible use of resources.

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) plays a vital role in shaping the policies and practices federal agencies use to obtain the goods and services they need to carry out their responsibilities. The OFPP was established by Congress in 1974 to provide overall direction for government-wide procurement policies and procedures and to promote efficiency, economy, and effectiveness in acquisition processes. It is headed by an Administrator who is selected by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The federal government spends roughly $350 billion yearly for a wide range of goods and services to meet mission requirements.

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) has asked agencies to advance their reporting of contractor performance and integrity information so contracting officers can then make better informed award decisions. Last year, the OFPP set past performance reporting compliance goals and shared best practices and training opportunities to help agencies make improvement in collecting and using this important information.

These efforts and changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) have helped agencies improve the collection and use of this information. In 2009, the OFPP advised agencies to make more effective use of contractor performance evaluations in support of the Presidential Memorandum on Government Contracting.

In the United States, federal procurement policies are determined by legislative action and by references from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP). These policies are published in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) which is issued together by the General Services Administration (GSA), the Department of Defense (DOD), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The FAR applies to purchases made by federal grant recipients. Periodic audits called contractor procurement system reviews are conducted at federal contractors and grant recipients to insure federal regulatory compliance.

Our firm is unique; we focus entirely on Government Contracting. Every realm of federal contracting is within our practice and experience. Contact our attorneys at Malyszek & Malyszek for specific information involving your case.