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Contracting Meeting in St. Petersburg, FL

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Marinna Martini, Joe Newell, Janet Paquette, Ellen Mecray from Woods Hole and Pat Mullan from St. Petersburg attended "Contracting Basics for Contracting Officers' Representatives (COTRs)." Although the finer points of Government purchasing are not as exciting as scientific research, purchasing within Government rules and regulations is a daily chore for many of us.

This particular course was a great introduction to Government purchasing, and I personally wished I had taken it 6 years ago. The instructor, Gregory Hardy (Graduate School, U.S. Department of Agriculture), was excellent, able to answer our questions with specific examples from his 15 years of contracting experience. Although the curriculum covered some dry subjects such as the mechanics and paperwork of the purchasing process, it was not all about how much paperwork we have to do. The course also provided tools for situations when the Government has not been treated fairly by a vendor or contractor, outlined the roles and responsibilities of the Contracting Officer, and introduced some basics of contract law.

Most importantly, the course outlined recent reforms in Government purchasing, many of which actually make our lives as Government purchasers easier. For example, did you know that the new buzzword is "best value" rather than "lowest cost," and that we do not have to go with the lowest bidder? Did you know that Contracting Officers are there to help us? If you make purchases greater than $2,500, make sole-source purchases, or write statements of work, I highly recommend making time for this course. It will save you time and aggravation in the long run.

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Center for Coastal & Regional Marine Studies
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), St. Petersburg, Florida
Woods Hole Field Center
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