The lawyer for the original poster should leave the FAR and search the agency regulations to decide who can sign the lease agreement. I add in a free FWIW comment: If this agreement serves exclusively to serve the government, to get „fancy gadgets“ without the use of appropriate funds, then I would consider if you have an ADA problem in addition to the bailment challenge agreement. A critical point would be how long will this test last? How much longer will the government have? As you said earlier, the FAR does not cover lease agreements. Bail agreements are not contracts, at least not as FAR as FAR. FAR contract agents do not sign lease agreements, cooperation agreements, grants, rentals of real estate, etc. All of these are legal, but they are not within the FAR province or contract agents. Your lawyers must tell you who has the right to sign bailing agreements in your agency. Browse the forums and I am not able to find what I am looking for with regard to the yawning agreements and the responsibility of the state under the FAR and the CO authority. Long story brief, provider allows customers to use some unusual gadgets to test in their system for free.
They only pay for the return (purchase of GPC). However, the seller and the customer wish to enter into a lease agreement to formalize it. Part of the agreement is a „if you break it, buy it clause.“ Yes, a contract agent can sign a contract after making a provision of the best value — after notification, invitation, evaluation and selection of the best value. But I also assume that most yawning situations occur in market research situations where the use of a free demonstration is common, and without any better value processes. The government should be able to use free trial procedures, just as private consumers can do — I agree with robust market research. If the product is damaged during the free trial, it may be the loss of the seller — it is not serious, and it is common in some areas of the market — or perhaps the government has some responsibility and the SF-95 process exists for that purpose. – The client/his commander/program office can sign a revised agreement that I and the legal order have developed.