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  1. several on line authorities seem to say that: 1 "all commercial customers" as a GSA BOA includes all customers that are not federal, unless those classes of customers are explicitly excluded - so would cover educational, not for profit, state and local 2 "all commercial customers" as a GSA BOA includes state and local customers unless state and local customers are explicitly excluded 3 "all commercial customers" as a GSA BOA includes state and local customers and state and local customers cannot be excluded (like sales to prime) Does anyone have an opinion, experience, or actual documentation on this? Thanks in advance
  2. Are you asking if you can award a schedule holder a task order for a labor category that hasn't been added to their GSA schedule?
  3. That is useful to know. By decent, you mean reasonably highly scored against the eval criteria?
  4. 80 percent! That is an interesting number! Yes, PepeFrog, that is a good question.
  5. Some contractors issue a lot of proposals, even if they know nothing about a particular RFP and they are not specifically qualified to do the work. I've heard the following reasons advanced: 1. Companies that are quite unqualified win work all the time. We really have no idea how the government picks winners. We could get lucky too. (The "lottery ticket" theory of bid qualification.) 2. We can't tell what the government wants from reading the RFP. We'll tell them they want to buy what we sell, and they will see we are right and give us the work. (The "magical thinking" theory of bid qualification.) 3. Even if we know we won't win, if our proposal is beautifully written and designed, we will leave a good impression on the reviewers' minds, and they will remember us favorably when we submit a proposal for which we are better qualified (The "birthday card" theory of bid qualification.) Those of you that regularly review proposals - what's your opinion of the last idea?
  6. And another thing. why is any federal RFP, ever, issued with no page numbers.
  7. Is google currently contracting directly with the federal government? Around the time OFCCP went after them for pay records, they terminated their GSA schedule. (I think DoL's appeal of the ALJ's decision is still under appeal, but I don't know, maybe someone else does. (see https://www.governmentcontractorcomplianceupdate.com/2017/09/06/department-of-labor-challenges-aljs-decision-on-googles-obligation-to-respond-to-ofccp-data-requests/).
  8. Where did I say the government was being a pain? I am trying to figure out how to respond to the government's request. As I can also change my technical offering, what does it mean to evaluate the delta. Since the final price will be for a different service offering.
  9. But contractors can change their prices!! So, what is the value of getting the price quotes now?
  10. I am doing that right now, thanks for the suggestion! Why ask for something that is a. not binding and b. you are not going to evaluate.
  11. Hard to say. They say the purpose of the oral presentation is "to address unanswered/unclear aspects of the submitted quote" So that sounds just like clarification. Possibly they just mean that bidders can revise their written proposals to be consonant with the clarifications, I don't know.
  12. 8.4 procurement. RFP states 1. It is best value 2. Five eval factors, plus price. a Understanding the requirement b Key personnel c Corporate experience d Quality control plan e Oral presentation 3. It is two phases. In phase 1, they'll evaluate whether proposals are technically acceptable for a-d. They'll kick out the unacceptable proposals. Then they'll invite everyone else to make an oral presentation. Then they'll do a best value analysis on a through e. Contractors may revise their proposals after the oral presentations. Why are they even asking for price in phase 1?
  13. "Offerors, not sure what agencies were looking for, resorted to what I call "recon by fire," an old infantry tactic. They wrote as much as they could about everything they could, hoping to score enough points to get into discussions, ..." This is so right. Happy to see more OASIS-style procurements.
  14. Napolik/Socrates - Honestly, in cases where ten pages are, truly, insufficient to address a long and complex statement of work, I am not sure what their purpose is! In a competition open to all comers, I'd say it was to eliminate clearly insane responses--kind of like establishing a technical range. Is that necessary though? You'd have to think most schedule contractors can write something reasonably germane - and there should be a lot fewer responses, especially where the RFQ only went to three bidders. I have submitted at least 350 responses to GSA RFQs and been awarded a task order in maybe a third? I have never, not once, had any discussions with a CO or anyone else about a solution/technical approach. Maybe in ten percent of cases I've had the opportunity to revise the price - without revising the technical. Don, we are offering the solution after we have been awarded the contract. So how was a "technical approach" evaluated - made the basis of a decision? Desperado you are totally right. Sometimes ten pages is enough. But, sometimes, it is only enough to say "we will comply with the specifications" in various fancy ways. Any bidder can do that! Where's the evaluation?
  15. Hey Kevlar51, thanks for that DKW case. Hilarious! Note that GAO said it was just fine to: includ[e] large tables that address substantive matters, using a 10-point font size. People do this! A lot! I would prohibit it if I were writing an RFP.
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