Contracting 7 Level CDCs

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  • 1. 
    The lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) source selection method
    • A. 

      Permits the use of tradeoffs between price and non-price factors.

    • B. 

      May include non-price factors such as technical and past performance.

    • C. 

      Allows the government to accept other than the lowest priced proposal.

    • D. 

      Requires the relative importance of all evaluation factors to be identified in the solicitation.

  • 2. 
    Which section of a request for proposal (RFP) provides offerors with instructions for proposal preparation?
    • A. 

      Section C

    • B. 

      Section K

    • C. 

      Section L

    • D. 

      Section M

  • 3. 
    An offeror’s technical volume is used by offerors to
    • A. 

      Provide offeror representations and certifications.

    • B. 

      Identify previous experience with similar requirements.

    • C. 

      Address how it intends to meet the government’s requirement.

    • D. 

      Demonstrate the financial capacity to complete the subsequent contract.

  • 4. 
    What action must be taken if a proposal exceeds established page limitations stated in the solicitation?
    • A. 

      Determine the contractor non-responsive.

    • B. 

      Eliminate the offeror from the competitive range.

    • C. 

      Remove pages in excess of the maximum allowed from the back of the proposal.

    • D. 

      Accept the proposal “as is” only if determined to be one of the most highly rated proposals.

  • 5. 
    Which of the following is true regarding awards made without discussions?
    • A. 

      The government may hold discussions at any time regardless of the request for proposal (RFP) instructions.

    • B. 

      The government is not obligated to notify offerors of its intent to award without discussions.

    • C. 

      It is in the government’s best interest to avoid discussions for time-sensitive acquisitions.

    • D. 

      Discussions may be held with only the most favored offerors still within the competitive range.

  • 6. 
    Solicitation evaluation factors are used to distinguish one proposal from another by
    • A. 

      Using discriminators.

    • B. 

      Using non-commercial specifications.

    • C. 

      Including as many evaluation factors as possible.

    • D. 

      Tailoring the evaluation criteria contained in Section K.

  • 7. 
    Price or cost to the government
    • A. 

      Is only evaluated when using tradeoffs.

    • B. 

      Must be evaluated in every source selection.

    • C. 

      May not be used as an evaluation factor when using tradeoffs.

    • D. 

      Is only evaluated when an acquisition is subject to the Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA).

  • 8. 
    Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) source selections consider
    • A. 

      Price only.

    • B. 

      The acceptability of a product or service only.

    • C. 

      The acceptability of non-price evaluation factors or subfactors.

    • D. 

      The rankings of non-price factor/subfactors and the acceptability of a product or service.

  • 9. 
    A proposal that meets requirements and indicates an exceptional approach and understanding of the requirements is given what color/rating?
    • A. 

      Green/Good.

    • B. 

      Yellow/Marginal.

    • C. 

      Blue/Outstanding.

    • D. 

      Purple/Acceptable.

  • 10. 
    Common aspects of past performance relevancy include all of the following except
    • A. 

      Complexity

    • B. 

      Dollar value

    • C. 

      Similarity of service/support.

    • D. 

      Number of contracts performed.

  • 11. 
    Offerors without a record of relevant past performance will receive what performance confidence rating?
    • A. 

      No Confidence

    • B. 

      Limited Confidence

    • C. 

      Unknown Confidence.

    • D. 

      Satisfactory Confidence.

  • 12. 
    Which of the following methods is not used in support of price analysis?
    • A. 

      Use of weighted guidelines.

    • B. 

      Comparison of proposed prices.

    • C. 

      Use of parametric estimating methods.

    • D. 

      Analysis of data other than certified cost or pricing data.

  • 13. 
    Which of the following factors affect comparability during price analysis?
    • A. 

      Type of funding being used.

    • B. 

      Differences in quantities or size.

    • C. 

      Use of federal supply schedules.

    • D. 

      Differences in contractor business size

  • 14. 
    When price analysis alone cannot determine a fair and reasonable price,
    • A. 

      The requirement must be cancelled and resolicited.

    • B. 

      Other than certified cost or pricing data may be used.

    • C. 

      Use a cost analysis to evaluate data other than certified cost or pricing data.

    • D. 

      Offerors must provide certified cost or pricing data to support the proposed cost.

  • 15. 
    Which of the following is true regarding the evaluation of past performance?
    • A. 

      Past performance information provided directly by the offeror should not be relied upon.

    • B. 

      The past performance evaluation satisfies the responsibility determination required under FAR subpart 9.1.

    • C. 

      Evaluations should take into account past performance information regarding predecessor companies.

    • D. 

      Offerors with demonstrated past performance that is neither relevant nor recent must not be removed from further consideration for award.

  • 16. 
    Technical analysis of offeror proposals should
    • A. 

      Analyze each offeror’s profit margin.

    • B. 

      Only be conducted by the contract officer (CO).

    • C. 

      Review each offeror’s experience on similar projects.

    • D. 

      Examine the types and quantities of materials proposed.

  • 17. 
    Which of the following is true when determining the competitive range?
    • A. 

      Only the top five firms should be included in the competitive range.

    • B. 

      A proposal may be included in the competitive range even though it is not among the most highly rated.

    • C. 

      Include only those proposals within 20 percent of the most favorable proposal in the competitive range.

    • D. 

      Limit the number of proposals to the greatest number that will permit an efficient competition among the most highly rated proposals.

  • 18. 
    Communications are held after receipt of proposals to
    • A. 

      Negotiate prices with only those offerors who are in the competitive range.

    • B. 

      Determine whether or not a proposal should be placed in the competitive range.

    • C. 

      Identify proposal deficiencies and allow offerors to revise its proposal accordingly.

    • D. 

      Discuss aspects of an offeror’s proposal that could, in the opinion of the CO, be altered to materially enhance the proposal’s potential for award.

  • 19. 
    Which of the following is incorrect regarding discussions?
    • A. 

      Discussions allow for revisions to proposals.

    • B. 

      Discussions are used to establish the competitive range.

    • C. 

      Discussions must be held with only those offerors in the competitive range.

    • D. 

      Discussions permit offerors to clarify aspects of the proposal that are deficient.

  • 20. 
    What type of exchange does not allow for responses to identified weaknesses, but allows offerors to address apparent minor or clerical errors?
    • A. 

      Discussions

    • B. 

      Notifications

    • C. 

      Clarifications

    • D. 

      Communications

  • 21. 
    The overall objective of negotiations is to
    • A. 

      Obtain the lowest price possible.

    • B. 

      Never settle on a price that is outside of the government’s minimum and maximum objective.

    • C. 

      Negotiate a contract type with a price providing the greatest incentive for efficient performance.

    • D. 

      Negotiate a contract below what the government believes is reasonable for a particular contract requirement while still allowing the contractor to make a profit.

  • 22. 
    In noncompetitive negotiations, which price position supports the price believed to be most reasonable based on the government’s analysis?
    • A. 

      Minimum price position.

    • B. 

      Objective price position.

    • C. 

      Median price position.

    • D. 

      Maximum price position.

  • 23. 
    Which of the following is not true regarding negotiations?
    • A. 

      Both parties to a negotiation expect movement by the other party.

    • B. 

      When the price negotiation is based on price analysis, contract officers (CO) are required to analyze profit.

    • C. 

      Before entering into competitive discussions, develop separate minimum, objective, and maximum positions for each proposal.

    • D. 

      In competitive discussions, minimum contract requirements cannot be changed unless all offerors remaining in the competitive range have an opportunity to revise their proposal.

  • 24. 
    The inability to compromise may be avoided by
    • A. 

      Using concessions to split any differences.

    • B. 

      Threatening to cancel and resolicit the requirement.

    • C. 

      Using other non-price factors to take the focus off price alone.

    • D. 

      Establishing an opening position that allows room to compromise.

  • 25. 
    It may become necessary to walk away from negotiations when
    • A. 

      A reasonable person would consider it to be a bad deal.

    • B. 

      The government will exceed its maximum price position.

    • C. 

      The negotiations begin to exceed a reasonable amount of time.

    • D. 

      The parties cannot agree on price alone, although it is known that a better deal does not exist.

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