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Contracting Professionals Smart Guide

Last updated: 10/22/2018

How to Use the Smart Guide

The Contracting Professionals Smart Guide is organized into two sections: Contract Formation and Contract Administration. The tables below link to the Activities and their corresponding flow charts. Each Activity contains three columns, identifying relevant tasks, related FAR references, and additional information. At the top of the first page, each Activity links to relevant FAI and DAU courses, related online tools (if applicable), and the corresponding flow charts, which provide a graphical representation of the tasks. Please click here to download the Complete Guide.

Contract Formation

Contract Formation consists of 29 Activities that range from acquisition planning to contract development to contract award.

Contract Administration

Contract Administration consists of 22 Activities that range from contract execution to modifications to contract close out.

Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) Update Tracker

The Federal Aquisition Circular (FAC) Update Tracker outlines all of the updates made to the Contracting Professionals Smart Guide since its November 2, 2015, release. The tracker lists the Circulars and FAR Cases (in reverse chronological order) that have necessitated updates to the Smart Guide Activities.

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