Sign In
  • Question

    Would it be a better answer to suggest a competition for firms to remove the material, and giving the winning contractor ownership of the material, and to award on a best value basis? Perhaps the best value proposal will be for one dollar. A one-dollar contract is not quite a no-cost contract, but I think it is what the questioner is looking for. It's simple -- an acquisition to remove debris, with price as the sole or major factor, and a hope that the price for the actual work will be offset by the residual or recycling value of the removed material. If the material really has value, a one-dollar proposal is possible.


    Answer

    There seem to be two basic questions here. The first is whether removal of construction-related debris should be accomplished using a construction (FAR Part 36) contract or a services contract (Part 37) contract. A services contract would be appropriate for this effort. FAR Part 2 defines construction as "construction, alteration, or repair (including dredging, excavating, and painting) of buildings, structures, or other real property." Removal of debris is not "construction, alternation, or repair."

    The second question appears to be whether to pursue a no-cost contract to remove "as much material as possible," or a best value contract to remove all of the material. This is a call for the customer (Civil Engineering) to make. The advantage of a no-cost contract is, obviously, no cost to the Government. The disadvantage is that not all of the debris may be removed, based on the offerors' evaluation of the cost-benefit of the project. The advantage of a best value award would be removal of all debris. The disadvantage is that it would entail a cost to the Government.

    Open full Question Details