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  1. On May 9 and 10, the House Committee on Armed Services held a markup of its version of the NDAA for FY 2019, H. R. 5515. Below is a blurb from the Chairman's Mark Summary. As you can see, there is a mention of 1947. That is the date of the Armed Services Procurement Act of 1947. To get a sense of what the full Committee reported to the House, you can use the Chairman's Mark and go to p. 110 (numbers on bottom of pages). Look at items listed in the "800" sections. There were some relatively small perfections proposed to the bill by the full committee. They are listed as amendments below. Amendments: Full Committee En Bloc Package #1. Full Committee En Bloc Package #2. Full Committee En Bloc Package #4. Full Committee En Bloc Package #6. Once the bill is debated in the House, its free-for-all starts. This is the beginning stages for the new DoD contracting provisions. The bill, as it was officially reported out of the Committee, will be available in a week or two, or less.
  2. I'm beginning to add sections of House and Senate reports, that accompanied earlier versions of the NDAA. This will be explained in the "How to use." This should be completed by the end of this weekend.
  3. A couple of days ago, the COFC issued a protest opinion in Pinnacle Solutions, Inc.. In this procurement, there were 2 protests at the GAO--one sustained with a corrective action and one dismissed. The COFC opinion in Pinnacle was the third protest and was dismissed. I did not post the Pinnacle opinion because the 3 protests stretched only about 18 months.. Someone mentioned in another forum that the issue of successive protests and corrective actions was a problem. Earlier, in another procurement, there was a series of GAO protests, corrective actions, and a COFC protest that streched for a period of 4 years. If I remember correctly, the protester was able to improve its techicnal evaluation score significantly. However, before these 2 protests, I never noticed successive protests as a possible problem. My questions to the community are: Will you benefit if I make a separate section in the bid protest area dealing with successive bid protests and their effect. What are the possible effects of successive protests and what should I address?
  4. I posted an issue from the current protest last night. I think I have all the protests correctly. I linked the decisions that mentioned a history of the pro-venture (my new name for the adventure of successive protests) I believe the current NDAA has a section where someone may conduct another study. I think the work has been provided through bridge contracts while the pro-venture continues.
  5. I've finished the 18th annual analysis of the NDAA. This annual mess is named the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. I have a little touching up to do but it is nearly finished. The how-to page is from last year at this moment. The conference report looks skimpy possible because Congress wanted to get home for August recess. The House report may add some information but I haven't checked. Additionally, I don't know if it has been signed into law yet but will check with that later. Maybe I'll check twitter.
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    Business Development

    Corduroy: Could you explain how another supports his/her belief that business development should be overhead?
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    Critical Thinking

    I posted it to the Home Page for you last night.
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    SAM Scam

    Although well known now, SAM is being hacked for data. That too has probably been going on for years.
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    SAM Scam

    Why is this here? The link says 2016. What is the source of the video?
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    A Hiring Challenge.

    Vern asked the following question in a topic here.. I converted the topic question into a poll for him. Please answer Vern's questions in the poll and add any comments in the topic.
  11. H2H: No! However, the 128 page document is from 2009. That's a long time ago when Netflix was in a differnt stage of development. I wonder what it looks like now. I don't think it is possible in the general government environment. However, there may be exceptions but they are probably hidden from public view.
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    New Article

  13. From the user statistics for Wifcon.com, here is what I see: Usage of this site is reduced on Mondays and Fridays. Information on government websites is reduced on Mondays and Fridays. Fewer decisions and opinions are issued on Fridays. You can imagine what happens near holidays. The use of flexible schedules has had a clear effect on the government. The work isn't reduced, it is concentrated in fewer days. I took advantage of the flexible schedules too because the 2 hours it took to get to and from work were a waste of my time--and I was inside the beltway. I found that I could do more at home than I did at work. When pressed for time, I stayed home to get it done. My position is simple. If one's work allows a worker to stay at home and has no detrimental effect on the work, the employer should let the employees stay home and do the work. There is no need to move federal offices outside of the beltway as some political hacks suggest. A presidential candidate lost the White House because he didn't know how to text and didn't realize that the world had passed him by. That was a long time ago, already. I've worked for a virtual company and I've seen incredible profits earned by virtual companies owned by friends. People in my generation want to hold onto brick and mortar even after it has proven to be a burden. As shopping centers, movie theatres, and paper newspapers close down, Amazon thrives and continues to innovate. It's not just happening here, it's happening around the world. We can yip and yap about the value of flexible work hours but that is old news. I know there are organizations still behind the times. My advice is to look for an enlightened employer and seek employment with them. Who knows, maybe you can start a virtual business of your own. Some day, you will walk into your home office, turn on the office with a switch, and seamlessly begin communicating orally and visually with your counterparts. A few of us may be there now but I am not one of them--yet.
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    Wifcon.com: My Legacy; My Albatross

    This month, Wifcon.com is 20 years old.
  15. Randy: I haven't either but I'm still working at it.
  16. This link takes one to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, Policy Directive, 2/24/14. If that one has been revised, let me know.
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    We Cannot Explain Our Requirements

    General: What is the expected dollar value of the procurement? How long to expiration of the current contract? Just for laughs, Who approves the contractor's invoices? Was this item truly developed by the contractor, and if claimed so by the program, how do they know? Who evaluates the contractor's performance? Edit: I added #3 about 30 minutes after I wrote the original text. I won't look at this topic again.
  18. You posted your question during the weekend on Saturday and your second post was on Sunday. Although some members respond on weekends, most respond on work days.
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    A Hiring Challenge

    I closed this topic and converted it to a poll with the same name. Whether you have anwsered them or haven't answered them, please complete the poll so Vern can have a complete poll. You can add any comments over there.
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    A Hiring Challenge

    Go Ahead is satisfactory. I forgot to mention. When the poll is closed in the future I can move it back here. I can do it here.
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    A Hiring Challenge

    Whatever is the wrong answer.
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    A Hiring Challenge

    Vern: Your going to get a variety of answers. With a poll, you have a chance to get clean answers. I'm quite sure I can do it fairly easily. You might as well let me try to do it now.
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    A Hiring Challenge

    Vern: Your question should have been a poll. A poll would have given you answers to your 3 questions without any text. If someone wanted to comment with text, they could have added it without affecting your poll results. Do you want this to be a poll? I think I can move your initial post over there and set up your poll myself.
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    I've tried something new for this category on Recommended Reading. The forum software allows Members to rate topics. I've decided to do it for this category. When you decide to add a rating to a topic, you are rating the Recommended Reading item and not anything else. I've rated this post 4 times. I think your last rating counts. We'll see how it works.