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  1. I have a question regarding CDRL Numbering in Block 1. I have always seen numbering A001, A002, etc. Today in reviewing a solicitation there were CDRLs numbered with an "A", "B", and "C" as the starting alpha character. The number of the preceding CDRL was not A999, so i am wondering if the leading Alpha character has any special meaning or significance. Thank for your help.
  2. Interesting topic, but if one takes PepetheFrog's post literally, every negotiation has deception, and I don't think this is bad. A negotiation is undertaken so that each side gets the best deal they can. I am not going to lay all my cards on the table at the start of negotiation, and I don't consider this deception. To me, deception is if I say I am going to use a certain grade of product and know I am going to use a lessor grade. Deception is to out and out lie like "Of course I can meet that deadline" when you know you can't. Saying things like "My boss will kill me if I go any low
  3. There are some Primes who play by their own set of rules. A few years ago, I issued a quote to a large Government contractor for a radar altimeter as a commercial item. As justification for commerciality and price, I sent him my price list, catalog and a contract I has with the U.S. Government which stated in the contract that the Government considered the item to be commercial. I then offered the same price as in my Government contract. The Large Contractor said they couldn't accept all this justification and considered the item to be non-commercial. I told them I would accept their just
  4. Florida Institute of Technology has a Master's in Contract and Acquisition Management. I got my Masters Degree there. They have several locations in the Maryland and Virginia area. One may be convenient. http://www.fit.edu/programs/8399/ms-acquisition-and-contract-management#.VG-bzcnOthI
  5. While I have not seen your contract, and thus don't know the full details, it sounds like your contract is incrementally funded. That is, the Government has not yet provided all the funds to make up the total value of the ordered goods or services. This is quite common and you have to notify the Government when you reach 75% of available funding and request additional funds.
  6. Marty - I see you are a proposal writing intern. Perhaps you can leverage that knowledge. Look for a company you want to work for and try to get a job as a proposal writer. This gets your foot in the door. Many companies offer training for their employees, so maybe you can use this to get the contracts training. AND, as a proposal writer you will most likely come into close contact with the contract folks of the company. Make friends, learn what you can from them and mention that you would like to get into contracts. You may be surprised by the results.
  7. Marty - I have worked in the Government Contracting arena for 30 years, always on the Contractor's side. As to entering into contracting in the in the contractor's side, there are always companies looking for entry level contracts people. From my point of view, this would be a person with a degree, some knowledge of business law (but not a lawyer) and an analytical head on his shoulders. That person wold be trained to advance. As to qualifications, I do not know your financial situation, but it may help to take a few contracts courses from some of the commercial training outfits. You could
  8. Just to throw in another opinion, I work in industry and have been told by several Contracting officers that under a cost reimbursable contract, you can add in travel costs into your initial quote and calculate your fixed fee on the total dollar amount of labor, travel and ODCs. However, where travel is not included in the base cost/fee calculation and it is not possible to accurately predict travel so that it is "funded" under a separate CLIN or even separately on a case by case basis, allowing fee or profit on this type of travel travel would be a Cost Plus Percentage of Cost CLIN and thus a
  9. From my experience, yes. My current GSA schedule pricing is based on a large Federal contract we have.
  10. Relative to training, my experience in working with the Government is that if the training is for a contract specific type of training, the Government will allow it, upon request to the Contracting Offier. If it is training for a generic program used in multiple contracts, it is on the contractor to pay the cost as it is part of keeping the workforce current. As an example, an Agency is the only agency running software X. Training for use of this software cannot be charged to another contract or even overhead since it benefits one cost objective. In these cases I have found the Government w
  11. Bob - I too want to add my thanks for the efforts you have expended. I find the WiFCON forum to be very informative and helpful. It has answered some of my questions even before I knew I had the questions! Your efforts in establishing and keeping the site up and running are appreciated by many people, and I offer my heartfelt thanks..
  12. I am a Contractor and recently experienced this same question on a contract with a Government Agency (I won't name names). The Government exercsed our option 7 days after the base contract expired and then exercisded the 2nd option period on time. Their legal staff said that since the first option was exercised late, the 2nd option should not have been awarded and the contract should be considered to be dead. They cited FAR 17.207 (a) and (f). FAR 17.207(a) states When exercising an option, the contracting officer shall provide written notice to the contractor within the time period specifi
  13. Including indirect costs in your subcontracting plan is very complicated and requires a system to accumulate the appropriate costs. What did you pay and which of your indirect vendors are large, small, which woman owned, etc. I have found that it is easiest to simply check the box that indirect costs have not been included. If you already submitted your subcontracting plan, I would recommend simply telling the Contracting Officer that you made a mistake and change it to not included.
  14. Bob - Happy Birthday! And thank you for the wonderful work you do on and for WiFCON!
  15. The "right" to terminate for convenience is one granted to the Government as its right. It is NOT something that is required to be in a subcontract agreement and is not a required flowdown. Most prime contractors include the clause saying that they need this right in case the Prime Contract is Terminated. I never accept the clause and ususll add that the Tfor C can only be exercised if the Prime Contract is likewise terminated for convenience and then only to the extent my work is affected. In 95 out of 100 cases, the prime accepts this change. I sometimes hae to push back a couple of time
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