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Avoiding Noncompetitive Procurement Pitfalls

Webinar • Tuesday, July 23, 2019 • 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET  

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Prerequisites: Some knowledge of federal grant management and audit requirements is helpful

Recommended Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

Program Knowledge Level: Basic

Advanced Preparation: None

When it comes to procurement of goods and services by grant recipients and subrecipients, the federal government’s loudest message is about obtaining competition — going to the marketplace and casting a wide net to attract prospective contractors is seen as sound business practice. If you need more incentive, consider how the media can “convict” an organization in the court of public opinion when they get wind that a “no-bid” contract has been awarded.

When you drill down on the actual federal requirements in the Office of Management and Budget uniform guidance or “Super Circular,” however, you’ll see that there are a number of ways procurement actions could legitimately end with noncompetitive awards.

Use of the high-dollar thresholds that organizations are now permitted to employ for micro-purchases and small purchases could mean that a significant number of procurement transactions get made without any competition or with only a limited amount. And while OMB issued a lengthy list of “situations considered restrictive of competition,” it also uses words like “unnecessary” “unreasonable” and “arbitrary” that invite interpretation. Finally, among the limited number of reasons under which “noncompetitive negotiation” or sole source procurement is permitted is one that says, “when competition is determined inadequate.”

This webinar has been organized to help you manage your grant-funded procurements so you avoid noncompetitive pitfalls. It is not a session about how to break the rules but rather one about how to properly use them to organize policies and carry out practices that can emphasize competition but also justify exceptions.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Plan acquisitions to promote competition
  • Conduct market research to identify potential contractors
  • Avoid restrictive solicitations
  • Cast a wide net so your solicitations get noticed
  • Encourage participation by small and disadvantaged businesses
  • Avoid the appearance or reality of “sweetheart” deals
  • Support legitimate “sole source” decisions

Join Bob Lloyd, principal of Federal Fund Management Advisor and a respected authority on oversight of federal awards, for this timely analysis and practical guidance.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

  • Grant and contract managers
  • Sponsored projects administrators
  • Purchasing agents
  • Executives
  • Finance directors
  • Legal counsels
  • Grant project directors
  • Principal research investigators

Hand-out Materials:

Attendees will receive presentation slides as well as access to background materials.

Allowable Charges

The costs of webinars sponsored by Federal Fund Management Advisor™ are allowable charges to your federal grants and subgrants. The cost principles issued by OMB under its uniform guidance (and applicable to all types of awardees) state, “The cost of training and education for employee development is allowable” (2 CFR 200.472).

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