Government

Assignment 1: Small-Business Opportunities with the Navy

Due Week 3 and worth 150 points

Imagine that you are the owner of a small floor refinishing business that provides a specialty coating product for ceramic tile and marble floors. There is no other local flooring business that provides this service. Having recently received a patent on your product, you are ready to expand your business by competing for Navy contracts at the local base, which is located a few miles away. The service you want to sell is the specialty coating, the application of the coating, and a regular maintenance schedule. Your company consists of you, one office assistant, and two production employees.

Note: You will be referencing this business throughout all five assignments for this course. Please use “First Name, Last Name, Inc.” as the name of your company throughout these assignments.

Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:

1. Develop your company’s acquisition and planning strategy for obtaining a contract.

2. Analyze the manner in which utilizing SmartPay or a similar program in electronic contracting will assist your company and the Navy. Provide a rationale for your response.

3. Use at least three (3) quality references Note: Wikipedia and other related websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

· This course requires use of new Student Writing Standards (SWS). The format is different than other Strayer University courses. Please take a moment to review the SWS documentation for details.

· Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow SWS or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

· Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

· Describe the nature of government contracting, including authority, responsibilities, and legal considerations.

· Explain the government acquisition process using sealed bidding, negotiations, and alternative contracting methods.

· Use technology and information resources to research issues in federal acquisition and contract management.

· Write clearly and concisely about federal acquisition and contract management using proper writing mechanics.

Points: 150 Assignment 1: Small-Business Opportunities with the Navy
Criteria  

Unacceptable

Below 60% F

Meets Minimum Expectations

60-69% D

 

Fair

70-79% C

 

Proficient

80-89% B

 

Exemplary

90-100% A

1. Develop your company’s acquisition and planning strategy for obtaining a contract.

Weight: 40%

Did not submit or incompletely developed your company’s acquisition and planning strategy for obtaining a contract. Insufficiently developed your company’s acquisition and planning strategy for obtaining a contract. Partially developed your company’s acquisition and planning strategy for obtaining a contract. Satisfactorily developed your company’s acquisition and planning strategy for obtaining a contract. Thoroughly developed your company’s acquisition and planning strategy for obtaining a contract.
2. Analyze the manner in which utilizing SmartPay or a similar program in electronic contracting will assist your company and the Navy.  Provide a rationale for your response.

 

Weight: 35%

Did not submit or incompletely analyzed the manner in which utilizing SmartPay or a similar program in electronic contracting will assist your company and the Navy. Did not provide or incompletely provided a rationale for your response. Insufficiently analyzed the manner in which utilizing SmartPay or a similar program in electronic contracting will assist your company and the Navy. Insufficiently provided a rationale for your response. Partially analyzed the manner in which utilizing SmartPay or a similar program in electronic contracting will assist your company and the Navy. Partially provided a rationale for your response. Satisfactorily analyzed the manner in which utilizing SmartPay or a similar program in electronic contracting will assist your company and the Navy. Satisfactorily provided a rationale for your response. Thoroughly analyzed the manner in which utilizing SmartPay or a similar program in electronic contracting will assist your company and the Navy. Thoroughly provided a rationale for your response.
3. 3 references

Weight: 5%

No references provided Does not meet the required number of references; all references poor quality choices. Does not meet the required number of references; some references poor quality choices. Meets number of required references; all references high quality choices. Exceeds number of required references; all references high quality choices.
4. Writing Mechanics, Grammar, and Formatting

Weight: 5%

Serious and persistent errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting. Numerous errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Partially free of errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting. Mostly free of errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting. Error free or almost error free grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting.
5. Appropriate use of SWS in-text citations and  reference section. Weight: 5% Lack of in-text citations and / or lack of reference section. In-text citations and references are given, but not in SWS format. In-text citations and references are provided, but they are only partially formatted correctly in SWS style. Most in-text citations and references are provided, and they are generally formatted correctly in SWS style. In-text citations and references are error free or almost error free and consistently formatted correctly in SWS style.
6. Information Literacy/Integration of Sources

Weight: 5%

Serious errors in the integration of sources, such as intentional or accidental plagiarism, or failure to use in-text citations. Sources are rarely integrated using effective techniques of quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing. Sources are partially integrated using effective techniques of quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing.

 

Sources are mostly integrated using effective techniques of quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing. Sources are consistently integrated using effective techniques of quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing.
7. Clarity and Coherence of Writing

Weight: 5%

Information is confusing to the reader and fails to include reasons and evidence that logically support ideas. Information is somewhat confusing with not enough reasons and evidence that logically support ideas. Information is partially clear with minimal reasons and evidence that logically support ideas. Information is mostly clear and generally supported with reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.

 

Information is provided in a clear, coherent, and consistent manner with reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.

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