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  1. And may it have 22+ years more! Thanks Bob.
  2. Thanks Bob, that's interesting information. I'm going to forward that to our Small Business folks to see what type of feedback they may be receiving.
  3. Ji20874 beat me to it, but consider the options under FAR 14.408-6.
  4. Orange, I too made the transition from a 6C to the civilian side, but you’re more prepared than I was. I retired with only my CCAF but was fortunate enough to land in an 1101 slot. I went through Liberty University due to their on-line program; they accepted a fair amount of my credits but it was still tough sledding. Off the top of my head, I can’t recall the actual percentage but it was a good start. Check with the admissions office. After I received my degree, the Marine Corps transitioned me from an 1101 to an 1102. That’s a great link Don shared; we have quite a few folks that have received their degree from Strayer. Depending on your intended pay grade, it’s more about your skill set matching up with the grade requirements than from what school you received your degree. Business hours are business hours when most folks look at it. As far as your certification, DoD DAWIA level is the same, whether Air Force or Department of the Navy. Good luck!
  5. A possible consideration that may or may not be applicable: Was the funding obligated on contract during this or a previous fiscal year? If not obligated this year, and you're considering to pay using funds from this FY on the purchase card, you may create a bona fide needs violation.
  6. Background: The NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP, pronounced 'soup'), is a multi-award Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) vehicle focused on commercial IT products and product based services. As such, FAR 16.505(b) (1) provides that each contractor shall be given fair opportunity to be considered for each order exceeding $3,500 and issued under multiple award contracts. NASA offers what they term an “Agency Catalog”. According to their website, an Agency Catalog is a dedicated and pre-competed ordering vehicle populated with products and/or services, as defined within a Federal Agency's requirements documentation, and as available for procurement through the SEWP V contracts. The products/services identified in the Agency's requirements are competed among the selected group(s) of SEWP Contract Holders, resulting in two or more Contract Holders selected for ongoing competition and fulfillment of each order through the life of the catalog. My organization is in the discussion stage to strategize establishing a catalog for agency-wide IT procurements but we’re unfamiliar with the Agency Catalog specifics. We plan to meet with personnel from SEWP, who will be more than happy to earn our business, but I want to ensure we’re looking at all the angles. Questions: Do any of you have experience developing an Agency Catalog? If so, would it be possible to speak in more detail off-line?
  7. Bob, As far as I've been able to determine, that's the most current and the same I was quoting from. Thank you for adding the link; as you can tell from my number of posts, I certainly haven't mastered the system. Randy
  8. NenaLenz, please pause a moment. SBIR Policy Directive, Section 6(a)(2) states, in part, "For Phase I, a minimum of two-thirds of the research or analytical effort must be performed by the awardee. For Phase II, a minimum of one-half of the research or analytical effort must be performed by the awardee." I'm only pointing this out because you really don't say how much of the effort, if any, is being subcontracted. Here comes the kicker. SBIR Policy Directive 6(a)(4) states, "For both Phase I and Phase II, the R/R&D work must be performed in the United States (emphasis added). However, based on rare and unique circumstances, agencies may approve a particular portion of the R/R&D work to be performed or obtained in a country outside of the United States, for example, if a supply or material or other item or project requirement is not available in the United States. The funding agreement officer must approve each such specific condition in writing." As a Contracting Officer for SBIR contracts, I'd be hesitant to approve a foreign subcontractor. Additionally, you don't address any ITAR restrictions, if applicable. I would have to consider availability (using a foreign subcontractor because it's cheaper or the only available source?), percentage of the effort, etc. Keep in mind, the intent of the program is to assist U.S. small businesses. Randy Jewett
  9. 1. Completing my degree. 2. Waiting to complete my degree. 3. Getting out of my comfort zone and trying something different.
  10. And to follow up on what Vern wrote, are you sure your quantities won't change? I wholeheartedly agree with the preference for an IDIQ JUST in case anything changes.
  11. Milkenhiem You can review some information at http://www.secnav.navy.mil/rda/workforce/pages/nadp.aspx as related to the Naval Acquisition Development Program (NADP); we have both NADP and Marine Corps interns at our office. They are two similar but slightly different tracks; if you'd like to message me, I can provide more details. But you'll definitely need to concentrate on a business degree and maintaining a high GPA. Let's be honest, if someone is truly receiving "hundreds" of applicants, one of the easiest ways to weed out total strangers is by reviewing their GPA. Due to our inept hiring process, in many cases by the time we see an offer letter go out, folks have already accepted positions elsewhere. Bottom line, if you're worth your salt, and in this area, moving up is not difficult.
  12. And where you're willing to go. For example, someone looking to start at Moody Air Force Base will have very few options when it comes to advancement. However, the northern Virginia/DC area is a different story. Where I work, an "intern" may start off at the GS-07/09/11 route for three years. Based on your limited post, it's impossible to provide a more definitive response since we're not clear on your entire situation.
  13. What scares me is the possibility of adding a #7. The Government already knows who they want to award to and are only going through the motions. If proposals are intentionally vague by minimizing page counts, it's easier to justify and thereby select the "winner".
  14. A belated Happy Birthday Bob! Thanks for all your time, effort, and dedication to making this a high quality site!
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