Government Contracting Policy

HR Policy Association believes that federal contracting policy should be designed to ensure the integrity and value of the federal procurement process and, apart from the affirmative action requirements established under long-standing laws and executive orders, should not attempt to further regulate the private sector workplace, which is already subject to myriad laws and regulations.  Each time a federal contract is awarded, an agency contracting officer must make an affirmative finding that the prospective contractor is responsible.  To be deemed responsible, a business must demonstrate a “satisfactory record of integrity and business ethics.”  In addition, a business must show that it has the financial and physical ability to perform the contract, including the necessary organization, experience, accounting, and other technical controls that are required.  This analysis should not be expanded to include issues unrelated to whether a potential contractor will properly fulfill its responsibilities.