Fundamentals of Contracting and Acquisition

Instructions

Assignment 2Please review the video with instructions regarding topic selection for the final paper. If you are unable to see the video, a transcript is attached. Once you select a topic, you will need to identify for your topic and write an outline of your research topic paper. This outline can follow the following format as far as section headings. But you do not have to follow it. You can add more sections. But there must be at least five sections highlighted by * and section titles. Include at least 100 words per section that you use.AbstractIntroduction*BackgroundDefine your topic*Explain your topic*Defend your position about your topic*Conclusion*SummaryFuture Research RecommendationIncorporate at least one reference from articles listed within the online APUS library.
•Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
•APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to APA style and formatting.
•Length of paper: typed, double-spaced pages with no less than two pages.
•Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.

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Slide 1

Welcome to DEFM 200. This presentation is to assist you with understanding the importance of contract

management, the importance of ethics in contract management and then we will discuss the topics

available for the final project paper. I know that this course can be daunting at first but I want everyone

to focus on this lesson so that you will have some familiarity with the final paper topics so that each of

you can make an informed decision about your final paper.

Slide 2

The agenda for this presentation is to start with some comments about the importance of contract

management, followed by some discussion about contract management ethics, and then to review the

final paper topics. We will then close with a quote about contract management.

Slide 3

Contract management is important to many different groups. According to the CMBOK “contract

management is a specialized competency within the procurement profession, but it has a very broad

perspective in terms of the responsibilities assigned to a contract manager. The job scope ranges from

administrative skills of managing, organizing and planning to the excitement and challenge of

negotiating a major contract.” Contract management is of interest to government agencies, business,

the military, students as well as academics.

Slide 4

Contract managers are expected to uphold a stringent code of ethics that covers the highest

professional standards, to bring credit to the profession, to avoid all conflicts of interest, to comply with

all laws, to remain informed about the field, to share knowledge with other contract management

professionals and to never be a negative influence upon others. The first point of the Contract

Managers Code of Ethics outlines the overarching goal of the profession, which is to “Strive to attain the

highest professional standards of job performance, to exercise diligence in carrying out one’s

professional duties, and to serve the profession to the best of one’s ability.”

Slide 5

The first research paper option is to explain, define and defend one of the core competencies of

contract managers. The three identified core competencies are: technical, conceptual and human

relations.

Slide 6

The second research paper option is to explain, define, and defend why the contract managers code of

ethics is important in the field of acquisition. If you chose this topic, consider the impact on the

profession of those that have acted ethically and unethically.

Slide 7

In closing, I know that some of you are considering the field of government contracting as your chosen

major. To this end, consider this quote from the Contract Management Body of Knowledge, “Contract

management is a mature profession but still growing” Good luck with the final paper!

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