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NEW!! World Congress 2013 sessions available in on demand format.

Contracts vs. Assistance: A Comprehensive Comparison of its Differences as Used in the International Arena

Mohib Ahmed, U.S. Agency for International Development
Rodney Matsushima, Fellow, Suntiva, LLC


Prior to the passage of the Federal Grant and cooperative Agreement Act of 1977, federal agencies were often using grants and procurement contracts interchangeable and without consistency in considering the type of relationship being established. Through the act, Congress defines the appropriate situations for the use of each instrument. The contracting/agreement officer is responsible for determination and selection of the appropriate instrument in each circumstance. Because their purposes differ, acquisition and assistance instruments have different requirements and consequences. Knowing and applying those differences is pivotal to an contracting/agreement officer’s success. The presenters will conduct an interactive session that will expose attendees to the differences between assistance and acquisition as it relates to USAID requirements. All phases of the acquisition/assistance lifecycle will be compared and the differences highlighted/discussed. Furthermore, these principles can be applied to other agencies that have dual authorities as well. Level of Difficulty: Basic

Topic: International Contracting

Session Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2013

CPEs/CLPs Earned: 1.00

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