Basic Government Contracting Terms – Standard Forms (SFs)

May 17, 2023

If you are a small business looking to learn more about federal government contracting, you have come to the right place. This blog is the second in a series of  Basic Government Contracting Terms. In our previous blog in this series, we walked you through the terms that federal government contractors must know to understand the government marketplace better. In this blog, we have listed and defined some of the most commonly used terms related to Standard Forms that you will see and hear as you explore the world of Federal Contracting.

Also Read: Basic Government Contracting Terms That You Need To Know – Part I

Standard Forms: Purpose and Significance

Standard Forms (SFs) in US Federal RFPs are pre-designed documents that provide a standardized format for contractors to submit information to the government during the procurement process. The Federal government uses a variety of Standard Forms for contractors and agencies when posting solicitations and awarding contracts.

A Standard Form is a fixed or sequential order of data elements prescribed by a Federal agency through regulation, approved by GSA for mandatory use, and assigned a Standard Form number. Whether the form resides on paper or purely electronic, this criterion is the same.

Standard Forms are contained within solicitation documents and are to be filled by contractors/vendors as part of their proposal response. The Standard Form organizes the point of contact information for both the vendor and the agency, tracks submission deadlines, and includes line items and signature places for the final contract award. The contracting officer will sign the same form when they award the contract.

The key purpose of Standard Forms is to provide a standardized and consistent way for the government to collect information from contractors during the procurement process. These forms are designed to capture critical information such as pricing, technical capabilities, certifications, and qualifications in a structured format. This helps the government evaluate bids and select the best contractor for the job. Standard Forms also help ensure that all contractors submit the same information, making the procurement process more fair and transparent. By using standard forms, the government can save time and resources and streamline the procurement process for both the government and contractors.

In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at the most common Standard Forms used in RFPs and provide valuable insights to help you navigate the complex world of government contracting.

Most Commonly Used Standard Forms

SF – 1449: Solicitation/Contract/Order for Commercial Items
It is used by the contracting officer when issuing written solicitations and awarding contracts, and placing orders for commercial items. This form contains the information necessary for solicitations and contracts. The form may also be used for documenting receipt, inspection, and acceptance of commercial items but not for issuing a combined synopsis/solicitation.

SF – 1442: Solicitation, Offer, and Award (Construction, Alteration, or Repair)
SF 1442 is the solicitation, offer, and award document for construction, alteration, or repair contracts with the federal government. It has 31 entry blocks that define solicitation title, contract number, time for receipt of bids, performance period, contract price, and, most importantly, the signatures of the contractor and the contracting officer. The contractor should pay particular attention to the performance time in block 11 and “Acknowledgment of Amendments in block 19.

SF – 1447: Solicitation/Contract
It is used in soliciting supplies or services and for awarding contracts that result from the bids when the simplified contract format is used.

SF – 1408: Pre-award Survey of Prospective Contractor Accounting System
It assesses a contractor’s capacity to meet a contract’s accounting criteria.

SF – 1410: Abstract of Offers – Continuation
It labels and records information as the contracting activity deems necessary.

SF – 1413: Statement and Acknowledgment
It is used in obtaining contractor acknowledgment of the inclusion of required clauses in subcontracts.

SF – 1414: Consent of Surety
It is used by government contractors and contracting personnel for compliance with and management of financial security requirements in Federal Government contracts.

SF-1416: Payment Bond for Other than Construction Contracts
It is used by government contractors and contracting personnel for compliance with and management of financial security requirements in Federal Government contracts.

SF – 1418: Performance Bond for Other than Construction Contracts
It is used by government contractors and contracting personnel for compliance with and management of financial security requirements in Federal Government contracts.

SF – 18: Request for Quotations
It is prescribed for use in obtaining price, cost, delivery, and related information from suppliers as specified in 13.307(b).

SF – 30: Amendment of Solicitation/ Modification of Contract.
The Standard Form 30 ( SF 30), Amendment of Solicitation/Modification of Contract, is used for:

  • Any amendment to a solicitation
  • Change orders issued under the Changes clause of the contract
  • Any other unilateral contract modification issued under a contract clause authorizing such modification without the consent of the contractor
  • Administrative changes such as the correction of typographical mistakes, changes in the paying office, and changes in accounting and appropriation data
  • Supplemental agreements (see 43.103)
  • Removal, reinstatement, or addition of funds to a contract.
  • Termination notices
  • Purchase order modifications as specified in 13.302-3

SF – 26: Award/Contract
It is used in awarding sealed bid contracts for supplies or services in which bids were obtained on SF 33.

SF- 33: Solicitation, Offer, and Award
It is used in soliciting bids for supplies or services and for awarding the contracts that result from the bids, as specified in 14.201-2(a)(1), unless the award is accomplished by SF 26.

SF – 714: Financial Disclosure Report
It is a tool to assist in espionage prevention, deterrence, and detection and is a critical part of the Army’s comprehensive approach to mitigating the risk of insider threats.

SF – 180: Request Pertaining to Military Records
It is used to request information from military records.

SF 252: Architect-Engineer Contract
It is used in awarding fixed-price contracts for architect-engineer services, as specified in 36.702(a).

SF – 330: Architect-Engineer Qualifications
It is used in obtaining information from architect-engineer firms regarding their professional qualifications, as specified in 36.702(b)(1) and (b)(2).

It is recommended that a contractor should not generate their own template for a Standard Form if a solicitation does not include one. When there isn’t a Standard Form and the contractor wants to formally introduce the points of contact who are permitted to negotiate with the government, they should include a signature page.

Government contracting is a complex domain, our dedicated and experienced team here at iQuasar has an in-depth knowledge of federal terminology and will guide you through the complex process of proposal development that you need to succeed in the federal marketplace. Please feel free to reach out to us, and we can set up a call to discuss your company’s specific needs.

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