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Although solicitations will have different documents attached to them, each one will follow a uniform contract format. The uniform contract format is explained in FAR 15.204-1. It defines how contracting officers should write solicitations in a consistent format for quick and easy navigation.
There are 13 sections of the uniform solicitation format and they are defined as letters A-M of the alphabet. Each section falls into one of the four parts.
Part 1 The Schedule (A-H)
This part of the solicitation describes the requirements for the deliverables.
Part 2: Contract Clauses
This part consists of just section I, which contains a listing of all the FAR clauses that are required by law or by a particular regulation is expected to be included in this solicitation. All FAR clauses can be looked up on Aqcusition.gov. The USFCR Academy also covers important clauses in our Academy Live webinars.
Part 3: List of Documents, Exhibits, and Other Attachments
This part consists of section J and it contains all the descriptions of attached documents related to this notice. If there is something listed in this section that is not on Beta SAM, email the point of contact.
Part 4: Representations and Instructions
This part, consisting of sections K-M, includes all information needed for an offeror to properly submit their information and quote.
Did You Know?
The Instructions to Offeror is not found in the first few pages of the solicitation document. According to the uniform contract format, vendors should be looking at part 4, section L to gain clarification into required information for offerers to be considered.
The use of the uniform contract format will be used except for:
- Construction and architecture
- Sustenance contracts
- Supplies or special contracts requiring special contract formats as prescribed in the FAR
Back to Basics
One of the evaluation factors vendors will see is past performance. Vendors can gain past performance through:
- Federal contracts
- Subcontracting on federal contacts
- State and local contracts
- Commercial sector