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  1. Sounds like fraud. If another bidder placed bids and did not intend to perform a resulting contract from that bid, I would think the Government would consider it so. Is there coverage of this aspect when prospective bidders sign up for the reverse auctions?
  2. I was thinking someone <else> might volunteer to write an online editorial or post a blog entry on the subject of "How Olympic curling equates to superficial topical reporting in the age of computers, given the advent of spellcheck and grammar checkers and freedom from Whiteout [tm] or double spaced drafts for editor's reviews," or something similar.
  3. How Olympic curling equates to acquisition http://washingtontechnology.com/blogs/acqu...cquisition.aspx
  4. Recent commentary from an industry source at http://fcw.com/articles/2010/01/25/comment...-workforce.aspx suggests that a partnership between the industry and the Federal government could result in more effective government management in the area of human capital planning. It strikes me that the position the author takes overlooks some principles that I had understood to define basic differences between the private and public sectors. My first impression is that one man's idea of a closer partnership between industry and government is another man's idea of unnecessarily intrusive government. This first impression is quickly followed by a concern that such information sharing likely targets a moving landscape that would involve tracking current contractor performance obligations against the constant ebb and flow of normal workforce churn to produce usable information for any objective analysis and management action. For my own education, rather than rely just on my own biased view as a career civil servant on this admittedly abstract issue, I would prefer to hear from our colleagues in industry, who read and contribute to this board, what they think of the feasibility of this notion that more sharing of contractor workforce information could have a beneficial effect on government performance by what has been popularly termed the blended government workforce. Thanks in advance for sharing.
  5. Thanks everyone for your thoughts. I trust that Vern is right that this is not a big deal. It's just that a companion document entitled, "FBO_Quick Reference Guide_Recovery Actions.pdf" had an FBO screenshot in which an entry will need be made for "Is This a Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: Yes - No". In context with the rest of the guidance, this almost made it appear that all task order notices must be posted. Those not Recovery Act related would result in a No entry. But I guess another way of interpreting this is that the No answer is available for all other procurement notice types being posted, and that task orders known not to be Recovery Act-related, and not otherwise required to be posted a la 5.202 and 8.4, would simply never have to answer this question since no FBO posting would be necessary. Just trying to make sense of the guidance from all perspectives. :-) "I'm almost tapped out. That is to say, I need to find a renewable source of energy soon or I'm going to have to run down to Circuit City for one of those closeout power supply deals just to keep the lights going."
  6. Does anyone know the background behind the task/delivery order public notice requirements from the following procurement executive notice? Isn't this contrary to FAR 8.4 and 5.2? Is there a FAR case brewing to change things? "OMB M-09-10 specified in Section 1.5 that all agencies submitting contract action types, "(i)n addition to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 5 requirements for pre-solicitation and award notices, publish pre-solicitation and award notices of orders under task and delivery order contracts on FedBizOpps," and . . . " "Klaatu, if only we had played up the gameshow angle instead of the doomsday one in our production, I'll bet we coulda beat out that slumdog flick for best movie. Oh well, coulda, woulda, shoulda . . . that and $1.35 will get you a ride on the DC metro."
  7. Current small business program policy calls for re-representation according to the guidance in FAR 19.301. There it says different events may trigger the downward adjustment in SB program achievements if the firm originally represented itself as small for that procurement, e.g., novation, merger and acquisition not requiring novation, option exercise, 5th year of contract. "Klaatu, have you seen my netbook lying around anywhere? I want to get online and check YouTube to see who got voted to the interplanetary council in the last election. Yikes, I'm getting so scatterbrained, I can't even remember if I put a stamp on my absentee ballot before we left for Earth!"
  8. The definition of contractor in the FAR is offered more than once, and generally in specific context to the policy area covered in that part of the FAR. One could interpret these examples to imply a generally inclusive definition of what is a contractor, unless specific exceptions can be cited from statute, case law, and the like. It may not be suitable to state in regulation a single harmonious, universal definition of contractor since there can be many different contexts in which its rules may apply, or exceptions thereof. FAR 9.403 ?Contractor? means any individual or other legal entity that? (1) Directly or indirectly (e.g., through an affiliate), submits offers for or is awarded, or reasonably may be expected to submit offers for or be awarded, a Government contract, including a contract for carriage under Government or commercial bills of lading, or a subcontract under a Government contract; or (2) Conducts business, or reasonably may be expected to conduct business, with the Government as an agent or representative of another contractor. FAR 3.502-1 ?Prime Contractor? means a person who has entered into a prime contract with the United States. FAR 22.801 ?Prime contractor? means any person who holds, or has held, a Government contract subject to E.O. 11246. FAR 44.101 ?Contractor? means the total contractor organization or a separate entity of it, such as an affiliate, division, or plant, that performs its own purchasing. I do not have a reply to your GE example, but there could be many context-specific, regulatory and policy considerations for reaching the proper conclusion whether that corporate unit is a contractor. As you've stated, it's not clear until you examined which ones may apply to your situation(s). HTH "Klaatu, mind your manners. 'Gort Veringa, please!'"
  9. Another complication is that there is no way to report an IDIQ against a GSA Schedule to FPDS-NG. That isn't a recognized relationship in the FPDS-NG data schema. This might not be a legal issue, but the current policy construct would appear to place some notional limits on what procurement actions are "sanctioned". IMHO, it's backhanded policymaking like this that sure adds unnecessary fuzziness to operational contracting methods. "Klaatu, ask her if she has a sister! If you're my kind of wingman, you'll tell her how cool it is I can vaporize matter by just staring at it."
  10. * Whether changes are within scope within those percentage parameters may turn out to be true in some cases, so I submit that phrasing of the conditional makes it a go-no go proposition based strictly on the percentages quoted. * When is price analysis not required? Are we talking of broad agency announcements for basic research or other cases when only costs and fees are involved rather than price, such as A-E services? In these instances, I would say there are gray areas. "I wonder if I can find someone on craigslist to give me a cool tat so I can blend?"
  11. Just a comment . . . Your proposition implies an all-or-nothing viewpoint for the statements in question. IMHO, there can be different shades of gray in situations where these guidelines are being applied in real world situations. "Klaatu, put your helmet on; you're not the one who's indestructible! "
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