The failure of material or
services to meet specified requirements for
any characteristic or requirement.
Consumer good only expected to
last less than three years. (Schiller 2000)
Non-Expendable (Item or Supply)
Supply that is
not consumed during use or that does not
lose its identity during use.
1. A contractor, business entity, or individual that
responds to a solicitation but does not have
the ability or capability to fully perform the
2. A business entity or individual who does not
possess the integrity and reliability to assure
A response to a
solicitation that does not conform to the
mandatory or essential requirements
contained in the solicitation.
A written agreement
signed by the parties to the agreement that
they understand the agreement in its entirety,
and nothing shall be deemed to constitute a
waiver of the agreement.
Any service not
specifically identified as a professional
service. See also: Professional Service.
An expense that occurs on a
one-time basis, usually at the beginning of a
contract, and is unlikely to occur again (e.g.,
design costs, capital expenditures, retooling
Informal, unwritten, unspoken rules that
regulate and govern group behavior. See also:
Type of examination used
when there is no statistically significant
evidence that the quality of the product being
submitted is better or worse than the
specified quality level.