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  1. Latavian Connections, B-413442 has just been banned from protesting for 1 year. I've personally dealt with some of these when I was in policy. Here are a few interesting tidbits. http://www.gao.gov/products/B-413442#mt=e-report
  2. Civ, the purpose of the change was to allow Reachback cells located in the CONUS to make purchases for OEF and OND at the higher threshold. This is shown by both the House and Senate reports. Below is from the House side, the Senate version is almost the same. I agree with ji though, I would wait for the policy or inquire about it. SEC. 843. REACH-BACK CONTRACTING AUTHORITY FOR OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM AND OPERATION NEW DAWN. (a) Authority To Designate Lead Contracting Activity- The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics may designate a single contracting activity inside the United States to act as the lead contracting activity with authority for use of domestic capabilities in support of overseas contracting for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn. The contracting activity so designated shall be known as the `lead reach-back contracting authority' for such operations. ( Limited Authority for Use of Outside-the-United-States-thresholds- The head of the contracting authority designated pursuant to subsection (a) may, when awarding a contract inside the United States for performance in the theater of operations for Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation New Dawn, use the overseas increased micro-purchase threshold and the overseas increased simplified acquisition threshold in the same manner and to the same extent as if the contract were to be awarded and performed outside the United States.
  3. ji, first I commend you on wanting to deploy. To me is one of the most rewarding and fun things you can do. In my travels over there the majority of the civilians I've met have been with ACE, DCMA, or contractors. I agree with Vern if you want to go over make some phone calls or think about moving to another organization. Good luck!
  4. Mike, I'm not sure if you were talking about just normal purchases but if it is a declared emergency you can set aside for local companies: 26.202-1 Local area set-aside. The contracting officer may set aside solicitations to allow only local firms within a specific geographic area to compete (see 6.208). (a) The contracting officer, in consultation with the requirements office, shall define the specific geographic area for the local set-aside. ( A major disaster or emergency area may span counties in several contiguous States. The set-aside area need not include all the counties in the declared disaster/emergency area(s), but cannot go outside it. (c ) The contracting officer shall also determine whether a local area set-aside should be further restricted to small business concerns in the set-aside area (see Part 19).
  5. 1776 by David McCullough. It's a good read.
  6. Xactly, the Air Force looks at it as below. This was taken from the Davis Bacon desktop guide. (d) Carpeting: DBA applies if carpet installation is performed in connection with a construction or general renovation project. For purchase and installation of carpeting not covered above, installation is considered incidental to the purchase of the carpet (neither DBA nor SCA apply). SCA only applies to installation of government-furnished carpet. Incidental amounts of tile or linoleum work in entryways and/or restrooms would not normally affect coverage.
  7. Prez, no that won't satisy the requirements in FAR part 8. You'll still need to follow parts 1-4. As for your question about DCMA approved purchasing system, in a nutshell DCMA did a review of thier purchasing system and found it acceptable. Here is a link from the DCMA website that will explain it better. http://guidebook.dcma.mil/26/guidebook_process.htm
  8. Hypothetical situation that I'd like to get a read from some other CO's out there. Let's say you have an existing class J&A (-6) for XX amount. You want to increase the ceiling for in-scope changes that does not exceed the original approval authority. Under the AAFARS Informational Guidance IG5306 it states: Procedures for J&A changes ( b ) After approval. (3) After contract award, if the dollar value of an in-scope change exceeds the original J&A approval authority or increases the approved J&A dollar value by 50 percent or more, the contracting officer shall submit an amended J&A to the appropriate approving official. Clearly identify changes from the approved J&A. (4) A new or amended J&A is not required for: (i) a decrease in the dollar value or scope of the effort; (ii) an increase in the estimated dollar value of the in-scope effort except for an increase as described in (2) or (3) above. So the question is can you increase a J&A under 50% without going to the original authority? Is it against CICA to do it? These are some of the questions that have come up. I've looked at the GAO, and COFC but couldn't find much on this. Thanks,
  9. Can you use Best Value Trade-off when competing IDIQ task orders? Yes you can if you so choose. FAR 16.505 gives you the leeway to do a number of trade-off procedures as long as you document it in the solicitation and use cost/price as a factor. Do you have to do IAW with FAR 15? Nope not at all. (B ) Orders under multiple award contracts? (1) Fair opportunity. (i) The contracting officer must provide each awardee a fair opportunity to be considered for each order exceeding $3,000 issued under multiple delivery-order contracts or multiple task-order contracts, except as provided for in paragraph (B )(2) of this section. (ii) The contracting officer may exercise broad discretion in developing appropriate order placement procedures. The contracting officer should keep submission requirements to a minimum. Contracting officers may use streamlined procedures, including oral presentations. In addition, the contracting officer need not contact each of the multiple awardees under the contract before selecting an order awardee if the contracting officer has information available to ensure that each awardee is provided a fair opportunity to be considered for each order and the order does not exceed $5 million. The competition requirements in Part 6 and the policies in Subpart 15.3 do not apply to the ordering process. However, the contracting officer must? (A) Develop placement procedures that will provide each awardee a fair opportunity to be considered for each order and that reflect the requirement and other aspects of the contracting environment; (B ) Not use any method (such as allocation or designation of any preferred awardee) that would not result in fair consideration being given to all awardees prior to placing each order; ? Tailor the procedures to each acquisition; (D) Include the procedures in the solicitation and the contract; and (E) Consider price or cost under each order as one of the factors in the selection decision. Had to edit, all the B's were showing as smiley faces....
  10. JDRYKS, before you get hit for not posting this in the newbie section your question is way to vague. But in some instances you need to look at multiple awards first. Again I don't know what you are exactly asking. In the example below you can see the use of multiple awards 16.504 Indefinite-quantity contracts c) Multiple award preference? (1) Planning the acquisition. (i) Except for indefinite-quantity contracts for advisory and assistance services as provided in paragraph ©(2) of this section, the contracting officer must, to the maximum extent practicable, give preference to making multiple awards of indefinite-quantity contracts under a single solicitation for the same or similar supplies or services to two or more sources. (ii)(A) The contracting officer must determine whether multiple awards are appropriate as part of acquisition planning. The contracting officer must avoid situations in which awardees specialize exclusively in one or a few areas within the statement of work, thus creating the likelihood that orders in those areas will be awarded on a sole-source basis; however, each awardee need not be capable of performing every requirement as well as any other awardee under the contracts. The contracting officer should consider the following when determining the number of contracts to be awarded: (1) The scope and complexity of the contract requirement. (2) The expected duration and frequency of task or delivery orders. (3) The mix of resources a contractor must have to perform expected task or delivery order requirements. (4) The ability to maintain competition among the awardees throughout the contracts? period of performance. ( The contracting officer must not use the multiple award approach if? (1) Only one contractor is capable of providing performance at the level of quality required because the supplies or services are unique or highly specialized; (2) Based on the contracting officer?s knowledge of the market, more favorable terms and conditions, including pricing, will be provided if a single award is made; (3) The expected cost of administration of multiple contracts outweighs the expected benefits of making multiple awards; (4) The projected task orders are so integrally related that only a single contractor can reasonably perform the work; (5) The total estimated value of the contract is less than the simplified acquisition threshold; or (6) Multiple awards would not be in the best interests of the Government. © The contracting officer must document the decision whether or not to use multiple awards in the acquisition plan or contract file. The contracting officer may determine that a class of acquisitions is not appropriate for multiple awards (see Subpart 1.7).
  11. Marine, I can tell you that other DOD organizations are not reading it that way. Also, another way to read that is you do market research to make sure you get at LEAST three, it doesn't say you need to place it on EBuy and get 30. Lawyers are for advice, a good lawyers advice is invaulable, but not all are good. A CO shouldn't agree just because a lawyer says something.
  12. I can tell you one way they are fighting and that's contracting. Currently the AF has over 70% of all contracting spots and are on a 1:1 rotation, 6 months on, 6 months off. So if you look at the number of contractors over here, most of those are because of, or administered by the AF.
  13. This lends itself to be very subjective. For example what if Company A only had to modify it slightly. During your evaluation you see it's easy to use and functions smoothy. Company B on the other hand did a major modification. During thier evaluation it doesn't seem as user friendly and requires more input. How do you evaluate that? Will you have a software engineer looking at the modified code? You only mentioned the contracting office. I like the way of thinking but the application seems a little tough.
  14. Korca, are the rates unknown or set?