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  1. Some of you may remember that I created a website for seniors, who are over the age of 55, where they could discuss their achievements in sports, arts, travel, etc. It failed and I closed it. However, a discussion board that is very similar to this one exits and the site and domain are current until the end of 2017 or so. The site can be up and running quickly. I'm trying to get ideas about how I can use the site to assist people. If you have any ideas, please let me know. Thanks.
  2. Below in the quote box, is an excerpt from the May 2017, Section 809 Interim Report. Links are provided to the sections of the National Defense Authorization Acts that made this panel. The purpose of this discussion category is to collect any ideas that may assist the Panel in its work. Please feel freee to create your own topic and provide your comments. Others may expand upon comments in any topic created.
  3. The site could be about anything.
  4. This is for a member called Roma who posted this on the blogs. ------------------------------------------------------------- As a contracting person for the National Park Service my office supports the acquisition of real property for our Land program offices. In doing so, we procure title services (everything from title commitments to closing services) to officially transfer the ownership of the land to the NPS. Typically these procurements are of small value that could typically be procured via purchase cards, however, title companies do not tend to accept credit card payments so we end up writing a lot of small purchase orders for these services. In doing this I started to investigate if these title services qualify under the $2500 micro-purchase threshold for "services subject to 41 U.S.C. chapter 67, Service Contract Labor Standards" as stated in the definitions at FAR Part 2, or if it meets the exemption to SCA under FAR 22.1003-4(d)(1)(vi), therefore putting it under the $3500 micro-purchase threshold. Micro-purchase threshold as defined in FAR Part 2 reads as follows: “Micro-purchase threshold” means $3,500, except it means— (2) For acquisitions of services subject to 41 U.S.C. chapter 67, Service Contract Labor Standards, $2,500; and..." And the exemption shown in FAR 22.1003-4(d)(1)(vi) reads as follows: (d) Contracts for certain services.— (1) Exemption. Except as provided in paragraph (d)(5) of this subsection, the Secretary of Labor has exempted from the Service Contract Labor Standards statute contracts and subcontracts in which the primary purpose is to provide the following services, if the conditions in paragraph (d)(2) of this subsection are met: (vi) Real estate services, including real property appraisal services, related to housing Federal agencies or disposing of real property owned by the Government. I guess my real question here is... Does anyone have any supporting legal basis to define "related to housing Federal agencies" when used in the context of FAR 22.1003-4(d)(1)(vi)? Do you think the acquisition of title services to support the acquisition of real property by the NPS meets the "related to housing federal agencies" statement? Typically the real property is not acquired to provide living quarters for per se, however, the land being obtained by the NPS may include residential buildings where persons may, or may not have, lived at some time, historical or not. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
  5. In the past, if I needed to eliminate posts that were off-topic, I had to eliminate the entire topic. Of course, that eliminated some good information from the topic. In an unknown upgrade, the software was changed to hide individual posts. As a result, I can hide only the off-topic posts. These hidden posts are now available to the authors of the hidden posts.
  6. Three is a new blog entry entitled: When a source selection takes longer than World War II.
  7. I've added a new discussion category to discuss the work of the Section 809 Panel. You can find it in the discussion area.
  8. A writer using the alias of Emptor Cautus has written an article on Acquisition Reform. I provided a comment to the blog that states:
  9. Every now and then, we have the opportunity to enjoy writing that is well-crafted and about something that interests us. Here is such an opportunity. Take it!
  10. About 8 years ago, I wrote this entry. I was reading through some of my old entries this morning and this one stood out. Truthfully, I liked several others too. However, this one provides a lesson in life. At least 2 people thought it was of value and left a response. It is a universal lesson of life. At some point, a position you take will leave you feeling like you are standing alone in gail-force winds. Do you get blown over and fall in with the crowd? Or do you forge ahead alone because your position is correct? If you forge ahead, it may cost you your job or more.
  11. Here is Big Mac's draft bill: H. R. 2511. It is best to read through the actual bill since news can be slanted in any manner the writer wants it to be slanted. If you wish to check on this guy through the Federal Elections Commission, you can do so here. He is from the 13th District in Texas. If you do that, remember he is a 20 plus year incumbent who faced token oppostion. That explains the small amount of funds needed in his campaign. Since this is a non-political site, any thoughts you draw should be your own.
  12. When I see this name William "Mac" Thornberry, I subconciously see Marv Throneberry. Apologies to Marvelous Marv.
  13. What clarification?
  14. I'm troubled with this question. I don't want anyone to: (1) provide advice that interferes with the performance of any contract and (2) provide advice on how to injure another contractor. I think there may be legal options to suggest and am looking for that type of response.
  15. I am posting this for Teton who added it as a blog entry.
  16. rsenn: When I read your post, the above quote from a GAO decision crossed my mind. You will see the same or similar verbage, depending on the protest circumstances, over the years. If this is the kind of information you are looking for, look here.
  17. I've noticed the absence of FACs and FAR cases in this administration so I researched my spreadsheet for CYs since 2000. Since then, there have been several years when there were no FACs issued in February and March. In the case of OFPP and the FAR Council, the new Administration may still be getting their feet wet. I started writing the note below the underline but I never finished. I have to leave now but it may interest some even in its incomplete state. ---------------- In the prior Administration, OFPP memos had its own web page here. As you can see, the new Administration hasn't posted anything yet. OFPP was mentioned briefly here and it seems they are just hanging out or laying low. As you can see, the Administration found OMB and lists mission 2 as procurement related here. When this Executive Order came out I noted Section 3 (c) and wondered what the FAR Councils would be doing.
  18. Update: As many of you know, I have a blog entry that tracks published FACs from the year 2000 to the present. This is the first time that there have been no FACs published in February, March, and April--the last one was January 18, 2017. In this case, there have been no FACs published in this new Administration.
  19. ContractSpecialistTJohn: Matthew is correct. When you respond to a post, the quote box pops up. You have to be careful not to enter your response within the quote box or it is confusing. I cannot separate your response from the quotes because I'm not sure how you want it to look.
  20. rsenn: I assume that the "negotiation letter" is a notice from the agency that says your proposal is deficient as it is. If you don't give the agency what it wants for it to be acceptable, the agency may find your proposal as unacceptable and no longer in the competition. I wont try to project what avenue an attorney may use in a protest but I cannot remember when a protest, based on an agency using unstated evaluation criteria, was sustained. There may be a case but I cannot remember posting it. And where would that get you? If you want your proposal to stay in the competition, take Vern's advice.
  21. JOANN DAVIS, an individual; PAUL CILLEY, an individual, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; NORMAN CONLEY, Defendants-Appellants.
  22. There was an article in the Washington Post today about industry being invited to tell the Administration what regulations needed to be revised and appealed. Here is a set from the The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). On p. 8 of the AGC document they briefly discuss contract regulation. On p. 12 of the document they write about specifics. Much of this is contracting. Any discussion.
  23. Please identify the meaning of your acronyms--ISR and SSR.
  24. I am analyzing the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 and I am on section 822 of the bill. I have added the changes the bill will make to the current law in bold italics. This new section changes parts of 10 U.S. Code § 2306a - Cost or pricing data: truth in negotiations. What do you think of the language used for the changes? The change directly below in (a) only adds the bold italic phrase. The change directly below in (b) crosses out the current language and adds the bold italic language. At the end of (b) a new section is added below. The House and Senate conferees explain that the purpose of the changes are:
  25. Here is another contracting site that I hope gets fixed. Of course, it needs some appointments.