There are several types of contracts available for rebuilding
- Contracts between the
CPA or government organization and the contractor:
contracts: These are large,
complex contracts that will be awarded to contractors from the Coalition
countries. The prime contractor must comply with FAR regulations (http://www.arnet.gov/far/loadmainre.html),
is wholly responsible for fulfilling all product and service requirements, and
will often solicit bids from sub-contractors. The prime contractor is
responsible for soliciting and awarding sub-contracts for the required products
contracts: These are
contracts being offered directly to companies for fulfillment. Contracts of
this type can be found at the CPA solicitations website at
- Contracts between the
prime contractor and a sub-contractor:
Sub-contractors enter into an agreement with the prime contractor and are
responsible to provide a set of products or services. The prime contractor
will issue a request-for-proposal (RFP), receive the bids, and award the
sub-contract. Anyone is eligible to respond and compete for these
FAR regulations can be
Contracts and RFPs can
be found at the following sites:
Things to keep in mind
when applying for contracts.
- Timing is crucial!
All bids must be received by the
deadline. If the deadline is 3:00 pm, and a bid is received at 3:01pm, it
will not be considered. Each RFP often receives dozens of bids from
interested contractors. To ensure fairness, deadlines are strongly enforced.
Submit prior to the deadline to make sure that your bid is considered.
- Contracts are awarded
on best value. Contracts are
awarded on best-value. For direct contracts issued through the CPA, do not
contact the CPA offices to introduce yourself or set up an interview.
Decisions are made objectively based on your bid.
- Be realistic!
Be realistic about the proposals that you
submit. It is rare that a single company has the ability to compete for every
bid. Only apply for contracts for which your company has the capability and
experience. Indiscriminately applying for every contract may put your
credibility at risk.
- Contracts must be
fulfilled accurately and completely.
Work and products must meet all specifications set forth in the contract
including timely delivery to the agreed upon location.
- Past performance
matters! Remember that contracts
can be awarded on proposals without further discussion. If you win a contract
and then fail to fulfill that contract, it will impact the likelihood of
winning future awards. Past performance is considered in making decisions
about future contracts.
- If you have specific
questions about specific contracts…
If you have a specific question about a
specific contract, please contact the point person listed for that contract.
General information on applying for contracts can be found on the websites
listed above. The information that the CPA or prime contractor requires you to
submit to compete for a contract is generally listed under the RFP.