previous or incumbent?

Subject: previous or incumbent?
From: "Susan Hogarth" <hogarth -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2006 16:30:55 -0500

If Company A is working on a contract currently, it is the incumbent. Correct?

If Company A is working on a contract, and Company B takes over on
(say) January 1, on January 2 Company A is the 'previous contractor',
while B becomes 'incumbent'. Correct?

When B is talking about how it will deal with A after the contract is
awarded to B, does B refer to A as the 'incumbent' or the 'previous'
contractor? For instance: "We (B) will communicate rapidly with the
[incumbent/previous] contractor as soon as the contract is awarded to

I knwo this must be much simpler than I'm making it out to be. Blame
it on Friday...

Susan Hogarth

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