Government Contracts Reference Book, Fourth Edition (Hardcover)

Government Contracts Reference Book, Fourth Edition (Hardcover)

Government Contracts Reference Book, Fourth Edition (Hardcover)

By Ralph C. Nash, Jr., Karen R. O'Brien-DeBakey, Steven L. Schooner
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Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S.
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Save time and eliminate errors with this quick-reference, A-Z guide to the language of procurement!

Successful government contracting requires the use of precise, up-to-date terminology, as well as a firm understanding of current regulatory and case law. This quick-reference guide will save you time and make your job easier, by providing ready definitions for more than 1500 terms, phrases and acronyms used in government procurement.

Completely up-to-date terminology reflects recent statutory and regulatory changes, including some 400 new terms relating directly to the recent rules and procedures mandated by the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA) of 1994, the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996, and the recent revisions to FAR Part 15.

Written by noted government contracting experts, The Government Contracts Reference Book provides clear explanations of both general and agency-specific terms from the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Department of Energy, NASA and others followed by a summary of where the term is used in the statutes or regulations dealing with the procurement process. Organized in an easy-to-use alphabetical format and fully cross-referenced, this essential reference will help you procure goods and services efficiently and with confidence.

The ideal starting point for further research

When you need to explore a term or topic further, The Government Contracts Reference Book serves as an invaluable research tool. You'll find:

  • Current citations to FAR, DEARS, DEAR, NASA and NFS documents, as well as to pertinent statutes and cases
  • Frequent references to sources of additional information, including some 50 texts, scores of articles from more than 30 different periodicals and many other types of documents issued by both government and private industry
  • Web and Internet addresses for dozens of government resources — worth the price of the book alone!
  • Cross-references provided in ALL CAPS for ease of use

ISBN: 9780808028949
Pages: 650
SKU: 10028398-0001


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Ralph C. Nash, Jr. is a widely recognized author and lecturer in the Government Contracts field. He taught at the George Washington University Law School from 1960 to 1993, retiring to become Professor Emeritus. In 1960, he founded the University’s Government Contracts program and served as its Director from 1960 to 1966 and from 1979 to 1984. In addition to teaching, he does consulting work for government agencies, private corporations, and law firms. He is a member of the Public Contract Section of the American Bar Association, is a member of the Procurement Round Table, and is a Fellow and serves on the Board of Advisors of the National Contract Management Association. He was a member of the DOD Advisory Panel on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Laws (Section 800 Panel).

Professor Nash is the author of Government Contract Changes and the coauthor of several texts, including Formation of Government Contracts, Administration of Government Contracts, Competitive Negotiation: The Source Selection Process, Construction Contracting, Intellectual Property in Government Contracts, and The Government Contracts Reference Book. He is also the co-author of the Nash & Cibinic Report, a monthly newsletter. He received an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from George Washington University.

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