ABA startsrevisions to manual

The American Bar Association's Commercial Products and Services Committee has begun a revision of its Monograph guide to federal contracting for commercial products and services to reflect recent changes made to acquisition regulations.

Committee chairman Ron Hutchinson an attorney with the Doyle and Bachman law firm in Washington D.C. said the last version of Monograph was published in 1989. He said the updated version will take into account the acquisition policy changes that have occurred since then especially within the last three years.

"There has been a massive change since 1989 " Hutchinson said. "The acquisition regulations are much different than they used to be. We will basically be rewriting the whole thing."

Attorneys and other legal professionals in the private sector and government use Monograph as a training manual on the intricacies of federal acquisition law.

The publication will include a section on the definition of commercial items a section on simplified acquisition procedures electronic commerce and procedures for General Services Administration schedule contracts National Institutes of Health contracts and governmentwide acquisition contracts a chapter on pricing of commercial items and a chapter on service contracts and outsourcing.

Hutchinson said the revised Monograph will be published next year. His committee is identifying volunteers to work on the publication.

Carl Peckinpaugh a member of the law firm of Winston & Strawn Washington D.C. agreed that the 1989 edition of the Monograph needs to be updated. "The whole world has changed since then " he said.Peckinpaugh added that the ABA late last week was expected to release a book he wrote called Government Contracts for Services: The Handbook for Acquisition Professionals.

"It's an overview from start to finish of the government contracting process for services all the way from appropriations and acquisition planning to information on how to write a proposal how the government administers contracts and dispute resolution."

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