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  1. In the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals there is a case: Raj J. Patel v. U. S., CBCA 7419, June 24, 2022 with a complaint for the above. You may figure it out.
  2. Mine was just like this one "red" but this is 1969 and 1986. ASPM #1. 1969 ASPM 1986 I think I read the 1986 version the most, especially Chapter 8. I always liked this one under "Gamesmanship." "The Here It Is Friday Afternoon and You've Got to Catch the Plane Squeeze" OK, back to the topic.
  3. Read it and weep. Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General—Legality of Service of Acting Inspector General
  4. When you log-in today, how about clicking your age on this poll.
  5. Another new article from Vernon J. Edwards entitled : OFPP: Dead Letters?
  6. Commissioning of Virginia-Class Fast Attack Submarine Montana I was updating the Home Page of Wifcon.com this morning when I found this. I've never watched a commissioning of a ship before and I deleted all the political speeches before I started watching. We can see it was a beautiful day at Naval Station Norfolk and I enjoyed the formality of the actual commissioning and learned from it. I placed the post under Contracting Workforce to acknowledge the contracting workforces of Newport News Shipbuilding, its subcontractors and suppliers, and that of the Navy. The actual commissioning begins at about 40 mimutes into the ceremony and lasts about 30 minutes more. Of course, it you want to hear politicians talk, you can start from the beginning.
  7. We all have different stories about how we entered the field of government contracting. Here's mine. I started working at the General Accounting Office (GAO) in July 1971. At the request of a new Comptroller General, Congress changed the name to the to the Government Accountability Office because GAO didn't do accounting work. For a political appointee, that's considered innovation. GAO always had problems with titles. I started as a GAO Auditor, then a GAO Analyst, then a GAO Evaluator and I was waiting to become a GAO Accountabilist. It never happened so I kept telling people I was a GAO auditor. Getting back to my story. I never intended to be in government contracting. I never intended to be in government. I just wanted a job. Having interviewed with GAO months earlier, I was offered a GAO position from out of the blue in a Friday afternon phone call. At the beginning of my career, GAO had three primary operating divisions; Civil Division, Defense Division, and the International Division. Civil involved audit work of civilian agency programs, Defense included work at DoD agencies and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, International was audit work around the world while you were stationed in Germany. There were never any openings in the International Division. If you can't imagine why, I can't help you. In 1971, GAO hired "trainees" directly into its Civil Division and the managers of the Civil Division, for the most part, ran GAO. Trainees in the Civil Division were assigned to GAO audit sites located within the office space paid for by the government agencies it audited. Imagine a bunch of freeloaders watching what you did and squealing to your boss when you did something wrong. That was GAO's Civil Division when I was hired. A trainee in his/her first year would have 3 assignments: 1, 2-month assignment and 2, 4-month assignments before he/she moved on to a 1-year assignment. To find out where you would go on your 1 year assignment, you had to visit GAO's personnel office and pick one of the openings that were available in GAO. Those changes in assignments were referred to as the "rotation" process. If you rotated at the beginning of a month for your 1-year assignment, you had a nice choice of places to go in the Civil Division. By the end of the month, all the good slots were gone and you were left with the dregs of the agency. My first two trainee assignments in the Civil Division were at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service which were in Southwest D.C. My third trainee assignment was at the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville Maryland. Nearly everyone in the Civil Division was young or relatively young. It was growing and vibrant and the people were alive. Then there was the Defense Division. It was a separate entity of its own. Closed off from the rest of GAO, I never met any trainee that was hired into the Defense Division in 1971. The Defense Division was located in GAO's dingy main building on its dingy 4th floor in Northwest DC. The space was old and ugly and it was rumored to be staffed with old weirdos. It seemed as if no one went into that "space" and no one came out. Think of Dr. Brakish Okun from the 1996 movie, Independence Day greeting you at the door. Needless to say, new trainees learned one thing through the trainee grapevine. Stay out of the Defense division! Shortly after I was hired, GAO decided to shake things up in the Defense Division by reorganizing it into three new divisions; the Procurement and Systems Acquisition Division (PSAD) (pronounced P-sad), the Personnel, Logistics and Readiness Division (PLRD) (pronounced Plurd or P-lard) and the Federal Personnel and Compensation Division (FPCD). The new GAO trainees didn't know that part of the shake-up in the Defense diivisions would involve human sacrifices too. GAO couldn't fool its new trainees, though. Instead of stay out of Defense, the new trainee warning became stay out of PSAD, PLRD, and FPCD. As my Mother told me while I was growing up; you can't polish a turd. My rotation date for my 1-year assignment was scheduled for early Spring 1972 and, of course, it was at the end of the month. I walked into the personnel office and was congratulated for completing my training assignmnets. That was the last positive thing I heard that day. I was given my choices to pick from and there were three available; one in PSAD, one in PLRD, and one in FPCD. Like any 21 year old who suddenly believed his career had ended, I hemmed and hawhed as long as I could. Then I was told, You know, we don't have to give you a choice. After I had gone limp, I put my head down and picked PSAD. No one in the Civil Division said anything good about my pick. They just walked away from me. I was now a member of P-sad. Things went downhill after that. There were three of us rotating into PSAD that Monday morning. All graduating trainees from the Civil Division and we were never told we were part of GAO's human sacrifice experiment to reduce the overall age of the new defense divisions. Once in PSAD, a PSAD representative explained that PSAD consisted of three sub-divisions titled Major Systems (MAG), Science and Techology (S&T), and General Procurement (GP). The first two of us were going to MAG and S&T and when the work was explained to them it sounded interesting. Next, it was my turn and I was feeling a little better. Then the PSAD representive tried to explain what GP did. He tried to keep a straight face but he could only laugh. The trainee who who went to S&T that day is still my friend today. We often laughed about that meeting in PSAD and we still laugh about it today. I tell him that I rotated into Geek Place and not General Procurement that day. And so it was. In the months ahead, I met Crazy Jack, Shaky Charlie, and the Slurper. Then there was the Chomper. I was told to avoid eye contact with the Chomper. And I did. And that is how I was introduced into federal contracting.
  8. I thought about a number of simple ways to do it. So far, we have 4 responses -- out of 7,000 registered users.
  9. I did something like that years ago. I offered $50 or $100 for doing something. Someone won and it took me forever to convince the winner that he was going to be getting the money. That was the last time I tried that.
  10. Joel, the reason I kept it simple is because I'm hoping more than a handful of members submit a vote in in the next year.
  11. In 2016, I asked the same question of you. After 130 votes over 5 years, our members showed a fairly even distribution in the age groups I listed. I hope we can get more votes than the first one. This poll will automatically close next year on 6/23/23. All you have to do is look at the poll and click one group. That's it. If you want to talk about any results, you can do that too. Only I have access to your display names and I haven't disclosed one in the 24 years of Wifcon.com's existence.
  12. The Need to Reform the McNamara – O’Hara Service Contract Act by Ike Brannon, The Jack Kemp Foundation by Chad D. Cotti, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Please read: The Need to Reform the McNamara – O’Hara Service Contract Act
  13. The writer of the article had the same problem as I did. The Semi-permanent Acting Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy (since 2008) is Lesley Anne Field. On my first try, I got the name wrong as did the author of the article. I added an "s" to her last name too. I bet she has spent more time in her OFPP roles than any confirmed Administrator. I also add that this forum has over 7,000 registrations (the last time I counted years ago) so I think we can do better than 130 votes.
  14. Over the past several weeks, I have been updating this site. This past weekend I updated the Legislation Page for the 117th Congress, 2nd session (the current one). I will correct the heading to the page soon. It will be updated each weekend to present the most current contracting marvels of the U. S. Congreess. Also, the Public Laws page was updated this weekend. I now notice the the LII had left it with some dead links at the top which I will correct. Earlier, I updated the Regulations page and the massive FAR Research Page. I continue to update Wifcon.com pages. My efforts were spurred on by H-2-H and then by Michael Caine in the movie Interstellar where he quoted lines from Dylan Thomas. I'm 73 now and I took it to heart. My goal is to update the entire site, then teach myself a new software suite, and finally turn the non-discussion part of the site into something current. As Dylan Thomas wrote Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night
  15. H. R. 8007: Introduced on 6/9/22 to prevent price gouging at the Department of Defense. H. R. 7694: Introduced on 5/10/22 to modify the requirements relating to the evaluation of the subcontracting plans of certain offerors.
  16. I only add the quote about Gene Dodaro to show that Actings can effectively manage organizations. He's been running GAO for 12 years now. I was relieved to see that an insider was finally made the Comptroller General. Someone that knew the agency, someone that could hit the ground running, someone that could get the job done. That's enough about Gene, this entry is about the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and its next Administrator. I'm feeling a little nasty this morning because its raining here and my dogs and I already got soaked. I've been grumbling to myself for the past week about the previous nominee for Administrator, his prepared opening statement before the Senate Committee and the failure to nominate an obvious choice for Administrator. First things first-that awful prepared opening statement. Prepared Statement before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget. Please read it--it's only 1 1/2 pages. Did he have any plans as Administrator? (I've deleted all the nasty questions I would have asked the withdrawn nominee if I were a Senator.) Now here's Lesley Anne Field and here is a biography from a University Alumni Association meeting from 2015. Let's look at a couple highlights: the Acting Administrator periodically since September 2008, and a contracting officer and procurement policy analyst. You can read about her educational qualifications, some of what she has done at OFPP, and listen to her speaking in the recording for the University event. It's time the President removes the Acting word from her title and nominates her as Administrator--period.
  17. We are blessed with so much information at our fingertips now. As President Eisenhower read his address, I noticed him looking at something to his right. I wondered if he was using a Teleprompter. Here is the answer from wikipedia.org - "On January 4, 1954, Dwight Eisenhower was the first President to use a teleprompter for a State of the Union address. Jess Oppenheimer, who created I Love Lucy and served for its first five years as its producer and head writer, developed the first "in-the-lens" prompter and was awarded U.S. patents for its creation." So, he may have been using a Teleprompter. Then I began wondering if President Eisenhower added his own personal notes and changes to his transcript. Was there something he felt was important enough to change? We have that too. President Eisenhower's Annotated Farewell Address
  18. This morning, I was introducing someone to President Dwight D. Eisenhower's warning about the "Military Industrial Complex." The warning was given on January 17, 1961 in President Eisenhower's farewell address to the nation. The quote above was also from the address and deals with research. I've never listened to the address before today. That was my mistake. The address lasts about 16 minutes and it is important.
  19. I looked last night in the e-Cfr and the updates were not made there either. Then again, look at the OFPP site and some of the memos, letters, etc., haven't been updated for 20 years or so.
  20. RETREATING FROM REFORM: “We Have Met The Enemy, And He Is Us!” by Vernon J. Edwards
  21. I've read some comments on the UK's proposed procurement legislation and, to some extent, the comments reminded me of our 1984. Remember, the UK is starting over after they left the EU. Here are some comments from the UK Anti-Corruption Coalition. You will see references to the "Green Paper."
  22. Formerfed: If you post the solicitation #, please link it so others can see it or if you post the solicitation #, I can find it and link it.
  23. Initial comments on the UK’s Procurement Bill: A lukewarm assessment Courtesy of SSRN
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