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  1. Hello all I am putting together a solicitation for commodities and I have a situation i would like to clarify first. The situation is the program office initially submitted a PR for a quantity of two but has informed me since that they will be ordering an addition 40 in the near future. I initially told them we could continue forward with the initial 2 then put the additional 40 on the same solicitation as an optional quantity. However FAR 17.207 states: My questions is since we are not requiring the vendor to offer us a option "prices no higher than those for the initial requirement" can I move forward with having the optional quantity of 40 in this solicitation, am I interpreting this correctly?
  2. I don't want to cancel the order because i'm afraid i will lose the funding once I deob the order. The vendor can procure from other sources but I'm thinking Ability One may have an issue with the vendor procuring outside of Ability One when this contract was set-aside for Ability One products. If there is an exception in the FAR I can reference then I will move forward with allowing the vendor to procure from other sources.
  3. Greetings I have a situation where I awarded a contract under FAR Part 8 Ability One contractor for commodities on September 31st with expiring funds meaning the funds needed to be obligated by 31 September. The winning vendor just informed me that they cannot procure those items through Ability One, my issue is if I cancel this contract then I will lose all the funding because this funding has expired, is there any other options I have to use so I do not lose this funding? Anyone been in this situation before? I know the FAR allows for an extension of funds when a protest is received but what if the vendor cannot perform after award, is there any provisions that will allow me to reuse this expired funding?
  4. Greetings everyone I'm putting together some realistic training to provide to a new program who will be doing small purchases from 3k to 7 mil and I want to provide some real world practical exercises that will help give them a realistic view on where and how to begin the procurement process. I have a few ideas i've used in the past but I wanted to reach out to some of you to incorporate some new activities that some of you have used and would like to share. I have about 3 hours total over 2 days to provide this training. The audience has no prior acquisition experience so basic interactive exercises would be most desired. Thanks in advance for any of your suggestions.
  5. Does anyone out there have experience with Direct hiring authority for 1102s? My agency wants to use this to some higly qualified candidates but my HR is pushing back stating do we meet the need as outlined by OPM. I sent them the GW004 which states 1102s qualify as a shortage but they never done this before and cannot wrap their head around allowing us to use this authority. Does anyone out there have any suggestions on how i can move this forward? I really want to move forward before we loose these potential employees.
  6. Wow it just seems a bit unethical being that in the U.S. only GSA can provide office space to Government emloyees. I actually seen government employees get removed from a contractor facility who was providing office space and CO had to answer to the IG. I'm not sure if the same applies overseas are not. I guess we would have to make sure we identify the type of vehicle and office equipment to the vendor before they purchase it because i can see where this could possibly get out of hand. This whole thing came about because the embassy does not have enough office space to support this individual or they would be working out of there instead.
  7. Greetings all I have a issue I am trying to reslove with my program office and i need to know where i can find regulations that addresses this situation. The issue is we awarded a facilities contract in a remote location overseas and the PO wants a Goverment employee to get support from the vendor which includes a vehicle to use to and from work, office space, and computers. I know this sounds crazy but the PO is adamant that this is possible because they did something similar in Iraqi years before. I need something in writing from the FAR or any regulation i can quote so I can provide them a definitive answer. Thanks in advance for your help.
  8. Thanks this was very helpful!
  9. Greetings everyone, I just recieved a contract from one of my program offices that was being worked by a CO that is no longer in the organization. This contract expired 2 months ago, however the last deliverable was never complete because of a Government delay. I have email traffic from the CO to the vendor informing them that this contract will be extended however it never did get extended and we still want the deliverable once the Government has complteted their research within the next month. What are my options at this point, can we still continue with the last deliverable as if the contract is still valid or do i have to some how breath life back into this expired contract? Any direction would be greatly appreciated
  10. The solicitation was sey aside for a particular group and the vendor was not in that group but they submitted a bid anyway and told the CS they would apply for that group which never happened but the CS did not follow up before making the award and ended up awarding to this vendor. Needless to say it was protested and OSBDU reccommended terminating the contract.
  11. Greetings I have a relative short questions that i am getting mixed answers for. The question is can the Government terminate a vendor for cause if the vendor did not meet the socio-economic category outlined in the solicitation? Granted the CO overlooked the vendors Socio economic category when they made the award. Thoughts or examples would be greatly appreciated.
  12. Yes you are correct I awarded an order and thanks for answering my question. I was trying to find out if I needed to determine responsibility on a GSA scheduled contractor after they were already determined to be responsible on their base contract.
  13. Greetings, I recently awarded a contract for commodities to a GSA scheduled small business vendor for vehicles off their schedule. The award was for 2 mil and awarded on 30 September 2015. There were 4 vendors who submitted a proposal and the award went to the LPTA vendor. There was no debriefing as this is not required when using a mandatory source of supply under FAR part 8, however today a I received an email for a agency protest from one of the unsuccessful offerors stating that the winning bidder cannot be awarded a federal contract because they were recently fined and penalized by a federal agency for not having a required license to sell to certain entities. Before I awarded this contract I checked and filed the System for Award Management report that stated this vendor was not on any debarred list or owed any delinquent taxes to the federal Government. The allegations may or may not be true but if this vendor was considered barred or banned from a Government contract then wouldn't they lose their GSA contract therefore we would not be able to make an award to them in the first place. Also is this unsuccessful offeror protest even valid since this is a FAR Part 8 contract?
  14. Where did you get military from?
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