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Paperless Solicitation and Contracting,
ARMY ARMAMENT MUNITIONS AND CHEMICAL COMMAND ROCK ISLAND IL
This paper examines the contract simplification effort currently undergoing prototype development in the services under the Defense Acquisition Improvement Program. This effort has led the author to explore the state of the art of contracting and what changes will have to be made to methods of contracting to keep pace with the commercial marketplace in the next decade. Further, the computer is becoming as common as the telephone in every office. The use of the computer seems to be unlimited, ranging from games to sending electronic mail. This paper provides what the author perceives as a step by step advancement needed by the Government in the use of computers to transition from formal paper contracts transported by mail to paperless contracting transmitted via telephone lines or satellite to contractors and between contractor and Government agencies. This paper explains the authors concept of the various elements of paperless contract evolution which must be achieved to allow the release of solicitations via computers, and the eventual award of contracts via computers. Author
This article is from 'Proceedings of the Federal Acquisition Research Symposium with Theme: Government, Industry, Academe: Synergism for Acquisition Improvement, held at Williamsburg, Virginia on 7-9 December 1983,' AD-A137 700, p12-16.