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It’s a known fact that the government likes to keep track of their spending. They have tools such as USASpending.gov and Beta SAM that display public information in regards to contracting and federal spending. But how do the contracting professionals keep track of the individual orders?
They use Standard Forms (SF). The General Services Administration (GSA) has created a variety of standard forms for contracting professionals and agency members to use in order to post solicitations and award contracts.
Solicitation documents contain standard forms that require vendors to fill out certain boxes as part of their proposal or quote. The same form will be signed by the contracting officer when they award the contract.
There are over 94 standard forms that have a connection with federal contracting however there are only a few that contractors will see. Here are a few of the most popularly used standard forms in federal contracting:
- SF 1449: Solicitation/Contract/Order for Commercial Items
Used when purchasing commercial items with simplified acquisition procedures
- SF 1447: Solicitation/Contract
Used when soliciting supplies/or services
- SF 26: Award/Contract
Used to formally award a contract to a vendor
- SF 30: Solicitation/Modification of Contract
Used to amend current solicitation notices for negotiated contracts
- SF 33: Solicitation, Offer and Award
Used for sealed bids or negotiated contracts valued above $100,000
Did You Know?
If a solicitation notice doesn’t contain a standard form, a vendor should not create their own. The standard form organizes the point of contact information for both the vendor and the agency as well as tracks the due date for submissions, contains line items and signature spaces for the final contract award.
When a standard form is not existent and they would like to formally introduce the points of contact that are authorized to negotiate with the government, they should include a signature page. The signature page template is included in USFCR’s Master Bid Template.
Back to Basics
USFCR has included an example of the Standard Form 1449 in our Master Bid Template as it is used with Simplified Acquisitions Contracts for supplies.