Contracts & Other Legal Agreements

March 29, 2017


Agencies rely on the private sector for the supplies and services they need, including construction, to carry out their core missions – the very functions they were created for. Most people think the government just uses contracts to get the goods and services agencies need. However, agencies use other legal agreements too, such as:

  • Grants
  • Cooperative agreements
  • Other transaction agreements
  • Cooperative research and development agreements

The guidance for use of most of these agreements is not contained in the FAR.

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  • Susan J. Moser, CPA, CITP, Partner | Cherry Bekaert LLP

Founder of the Firm’s Government Contractor Services Group and Managing Partner of the Firm’s Washington, D.C. practice, Susan provides a unique insight into the needs and perspective of her clients. She assists government contractor and technology clients with a wide array of accounting and consulting services, including strategic assessment plans, business process reviews, regulatory guidance, proposal pricing and cost strategies.

  • John N. Ford, JD, Senior Consultant | Cherry Bekaert LLP

John has 37 years of experience in government procurement. He has extensive knowledge of the FAR and DFARS and experience in contract litigation and administration. John consults on government contracts matters, including organizational planning, FAR, CAS and compliance issues, and DCAA issues. Prior to joining Cherry Bekaert, he served as the Deputy General Counsel for the DCAA specializing in procurement regulations, audit guidance and agency policies.