3rd Edition

Government Contracting Ethical Promises and Perils in Public Procurement

By William Sims Curry Copyright 2023
    346 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Through three comprehensive editions, Government Contracting: Ethical Promises and Perils in Public Procurement has been lauded for exposing fraud, incompetence, waste, and abuse (FIWA) and analyzing corruption, mismanagement, and ineptitude that defile government contracting. The first two editions thoroughly outlined procurement throughout the contracting cycle including initial planning, evaluating proposals, contractor selection, contract administration, contract closeout, and auditing. They further provided much-needed guidance on contracting documents, management tools, and processes for addressing negative influences on government contracting.

    This third edition incorporates the results of a new nationwide study into best public procurement practice, as well as recent examples of real-world procurement fraud cases, offering recommendations for procurement practices to deter fraud. Public procurement tools such as requests for proposals, pro forma contracts, proposal evaluation forms, sole source justification and approval forms, and other useful tools including PowerPoint presentations are provided on a website to accompany the book. This textbook is aimed at postgraduate students and academics working in the fields of public administration, policy and procurement, along with public procurement professionals.

    1. Big Picture - Big Issues  2. Processes and Issues in Public Procurement  3. Procurement Ethics  4. Sole Source or Competition?  5. Social Objectives through Public Procurement  6. Solicitations and Pre-Proposal Communications  7. Proposal Evaluation  8. Contract Management  9. Humanitarian Procurement  10. Contract Completion and Audit  Appendix


    William Sims Curry is President of WSC Consulting, a small business specializing in consulting on government procurement. Curry served as an Air Force systems procurement officer and was employed in purchasing management for prime contractors on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, DOE’s Positron Electron Project, and numerous DoD programs. He has authored three books and numerous articles and research papers on government procurement. Curry is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and a Fellow by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).