(a)The Secretary of the Navy and, by direction of the Secretary, the Chief of Naval Research and the chiefs of bureaus may, without advertising, make contracts or amendments or modifications of contracts for services and materials necessary to conduct research and to make or secure reports, tests, models, or apparatus. A contractor supplying such services or materials need not be required to furnish a bond.
(b)This section does not authorize the use of the cost-plus-a-percentage-of-cost system of contracting.
In subsection (a) reference to R.S. 3718, 3719, 3720, and 3722 (34 U.S.C. 561, 562, 563, and 572) is omitted because these sections were expressly repealed by § 11(a) of the Act of February 19, 1948, ch. 65, 62 Stat. 25. The words “without advertising” are substituted for the reference to R.S. 3709 (41 U.S.C. 5) for brevity and clarity. The sentence “A contractor supplying such services or materials need not be required to furnish a bond” is substituted for the words “without performance or other bonds” for clarity, since the provision is interpreted as a discretionary authority in the Secretary to waive bond.
In subsection (c) the words “This section does not authorize” are substituted for the words “nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize”.
1994—Subsecs. (b), (c). Pub. L. 103–355redesignated subsec. (c) as (b) and struck out former subsec. (b) which read as follows: “Subsections (a) and (b) ofsection
3324 of title 31 do not apply to advance, progress, or other payments made with respect to a contract under this section.”
1984—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 98–525substituted “Subsections (a) and (b) ofsection
3324 of title 31 do” for “Section
3324(a) and (b) of title
1982—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 97–258substituted “section
3324(a) and (b) of title
31” for “section 3648 of the Revised Statutes (31 U.S.C. 529)”.
1980—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 96–513substituted “Section 3648 of the Revised Statutes (31 U.S.C. 529)” for “Section
529 of title
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