Contract administration involves those activities performed by government officials after a contract has been awarded to determine how well the government and the contractor performed to meet the requirements of the contract. It encompasses all dealings between the government and the contractor from the time the contract is awarded until the work has been completed and accepted – or – the contract is terminated, payment has been made and disputes have been resolved. As such, contract administration constitutes that primary part of the procurement process that assures the government gets what it paid for.
In our office, the focus is on obtaining supplies and services of requisite quality on time and within budget. While the legal requirements of each contract determine the proper course of action for government officials administering it, the exercise of skill and judgment is often required to effectively protect the public interest. Effective contract administration minimizes or eliminates problems and potential claims and disputes.