The Impact of Certificates of Competency on Air Logistics Center Contracting.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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The purpose of this study was to determine whether there has been a significant difference between contractor performance under Certificate of Competency COC issuance and performance where COCs were not issued. If a small business which is low bidder on a government contract is deemed by the contracting officer to lack the responsibility for completing the contract, the Small Business Administration SBA must be notified. If the SBA determines that the company is responsible, it issues a COC and the company must be awarded the contract. Despite this authority to direct contract awards, the SBA has no formal responsibility to ensure satisfactory performance. This, it was felt, leads to the potential for more ineffective contractor performance under COCs. To test whether there was a significant difference in performance, selected performance data on both COC and non-COC contracts awarded by the AFLC Air Logistics Centers were analyzed. The variables examined were late contract delivery and the initiation of termination for default proceedings. The research findings show that there was no significant difference in the number of late deliveries between the two categories.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies