Imagine that you are a contracts officer for the Internal
Revenue Services (IRS), and that your supervisor has tasked you with the
procurement of a new software system for processing tax returns. You have
recognized that contract administration involves those activities performed by
government officials after they award a contract. Once an award is made,
contractors receive the contract, which includes provisions to minimize the
risk and define rights and obligations, from the Internal Revenue Service. 

Review Federal Acquisition Review (FAR) ?52.246-1 Contractor Inspection

Note: You may create and/or make all necessary assumptions needed
for the completion of this assignment.

Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:

1  Evaluate the
importance of the standard default clause. As a contracts officer for the IRS,
suggest two (2) ways in which you could combine the standard default clause
with the FAR?s delay provision for the protection of both parties to the

2  Speculate on the
impact that a contracting officer?s changes to the payment terms within the
software contract would exert upon both the government and the contractor.
Analyze the requirements for a contracts officer to successfully effectuate a
change order on behalf of the government. Conclude whether or not the change
order is the most secure method for making a contractual change. Justify your

3  Examine the inspection
criteria that FAR 52.246-1 articulates, and discuss the necessity of each
requirement. As a contracts officer for the IRS, suggest two (2) improvements
that you could make to the inspection procedure in order to make the procedure
more efficient.

4  Use at least three (3)
quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia does not qualify
as an academic resource. 

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12),
with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or
school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional

a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student?s name, the
professor?s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the
reference page are not included in the required assignment page length. 

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