Dictionary of Procurement Terms

Dictionary of Procurement Terms

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  • Damages

    Compensation, usually a monetary judgment, awarded to one party in a contract who suffers harm or loss that is the result of negligence or breach of contract on the part of another party. See also: Liquidated Damages, Penalty Charge.
  • Dangerous Good

    Article or substance that is capable of posing a significant risk to health, safety, or property and which, when transported, is subject to special regulations.
  • DAR

    See Defense Acquisition Regulations.
  • Data Deliverable

    Factual information required by a contract that is organized for analysis (e.g., technical data, cost data, administrative report).
  • Data Warehouse

    A technology term that refers to a collection of data received from various transaction systems that is accessible to various personnel throughout the organization. (ISM 2000)
  • Database

    A structured set of data stored in a computer, especially one that is accessible in multiple ways. (Oxford Dictionaries 2015)
  • Date of input (forecast last amended)

    CANADIAN 1. The date of the last amendment entered into a system. 2. The date input was entered into a system.
  • Davis-Bacon Act

    A federal law enacted in 1931 that requires contractors who perform public works construction projects that are federally funded to pay their workers the prevailing wage rate paid in the area in which similar work is done, as set by the Secretary of Labor.
  • Debarment

    1. To prohibit a supplier/contractor from submitting offers on future requirements for cause for a certain period of time. 2. A sanction brought against a seller whereby they may not engage in future procurement actions. 3. To exclude or shut out of future solicitations and contracting opportunities. See also: Suspension.
  • Debriefing

    A practice primarily used during the Request for Proposals process, whereby the contracting authority will meet individually, generally upon request, with each proposer whose proposal was not deemed appropriate for an award, to discuss the strong and weak points of that supplier's proposal.



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