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Procurement: Department of Defense Quality Assurance Efforts
Assuring the quality of the goods purchased is an important factor in all phases of the DOD procurement process. For example, in the contract source selection phase, the quality history of prospective contractors can be a key evaluation factor. In addition, the government has long recognized that it is false economy to award a contract based on the lowest price and later find that the item delivered is of such poor quality that it cannot be used for its intended purpose. In the contract administration phase, both the government and contractor are concerned about quality assurance in the production of an item and its parts. Depot managers and military personnel who must ultimately use the items are concerned about quality as it affects their ability to perform military missions and the safety of the personnel assigned to carry out those missions.
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