Glossary of Defense Contracting Terms (Q)

This Glossary provides you with the most frequently used terms in government and military base contracting. Familiarity with the language of government contracting is essential for doing business with the Department of Defense (DoD) and working with contracting offices at military bases and DoD agencies.  You may also find it helpful to use our master list of Acronyms frequently used in DoD contracting.


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QUALIFIED CONTRACTORS LIST (QCL)     A list of contractors whose capability to provide a service has been evaluated and approved based on detailed prequalification procedures.

QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST (QPL)    A list of products that have been tested and approved based on written pre-qualification procedures.

QUALITY    The composite of material attributes, including performance features and characteristic, of a product or service to satisfy a given need.

QUALITY ASSURANCE    The inspection, testing and other relevant action taken to ensure that the desired level of quality is in accordance with the applicable standards or specifications for the product of work.

QUALITY CONTROL    The inspection, analysis and other relevant action taken to provide control over what is being done, manufactured or fabricated so that a desirable level of quality is achieved and maintained.

QUALITY SURVEY    A detailed analysis and listing of all items of materials and equipment necessary to undertake a project.

QUANTITY DISCOUNT   A reduction in the unit price offered for large volume contracts

QUOTATION    A price quoted by a contractor, sub-contractor, material supplier, or vendor to furnish materials, labor, or both.   


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