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  1. Bob can you please move this thread to a more appropriate category? This isn’t a workforce issue. Thanks.
  2. In addition, Representations, Certifications (and Instructions) have practical and legal applications all the way through the contract formation, pre-award phase. One can read the WIFCON Homepage, right hand column to see instances of where misrepresentations and false certifications can have criminal and civil consequences, that may result in fines, Terminations, contract cancellations, forfeitures of payments, prison sentences, probations, debarments, etc. Thus, for both pre and post award, Reps and Certs have applicability. Whether discovered before or after award, false rep
  3. Don explained that the repResentations and certifications (which define things like the small business status or type of small business classification - e.g. “SDVOSB”, or certifications for other purposes, These Reps and Certs become operative for application under various Contract clauses after award.
  4. Bob, I don’t see the word “author” in Tim’s post. The new software does use a line separator and a note indicating “unread posts” when I access a thread. I like that feature. I never understood what the “stars” and “circular, bold bullets were for on the topic area pages or the distinction between them. I still don’t know what the distinction is but the bold bullet disappears after I have opened the thread, although I must refresh the topic areas page rather than just “go back” to see that the bullet disappeared. And it is true that my post yesterday was one month after Tim’s last
  5. Neil, I believe that the letter contract is for a subcontracted supplier. The Prime and supplier likely negotiated initial terms before the prime issued the letter contract.
  6. PRoy asked if It is appropriate and allowable to Purchase vs rent the items using this task order or should they be “procured independently.” It appeared to me that they are currently using the task order to rent items. Didnt ask if purchase vs rent is appropriate or allowed.
  7. I have no idea how the above post occurred. I “copied” a single sentence from the original post and then “pasted” it into my last post but instead, the program created a new post complete with all programming code. I tried to delete it but could not edit it. The program said that it could not be edited. I did not “quote” it.
  8. Tim, so sorry that I just saw this and it is probably overcome by events. Since the CLIN unit is “month” for “service support” for 9.5 months, you would likely be identifying at least the numbers of personnel to be provided. You said they will extrapolate an hourly rate. Apparently, the type and mix of employees for this CLIN is either all the same or they don’t care and won’t differentiate if there is a vacancy or other labor shortage. However, earlier, you said they would calculate the deduction by using the fully burdened rate for the position. At any rate, it looks like there is
  9. The lease vs purchase analysis is a an acquisition planning exercise but doesn’t seem to completely address the OP’s questions concerning whether it is appropriate and allowable to use an existing task order vehicle to purchase rather than rent some supply items. The lease vs. purchase analysis isn’t necessarily the KO’s responsibility to perform. Acquisition planning is a team responsibility. However, the Lease vs purchase consideration would be a valid consideration. Beyond the valid question of lease vs. purchase, there are additional considerations, as identified above. Do the
  10. In that event, yes of course fee is part of an equitable adjustment and CPPC is not applicable. Fixed fee doesn’t increase for an overrun or decrease for underruns, if there were no changes in the requirement or other compensable cause. FINIS.
  11. Is it the nature of range operations that there arent staff, storage and issue resources available, so stuff is generally rented for each training session? Government owned stuff has accountability processes, procedures and issues. If Government property is lost or damaged there is, in DoD, a Financial Liability Investigation of Property Loss (FLIPL) system. When I was in the Air Force, I was appointed to make a “Report of Survey” and accountability recommendation for a hundred or so missing KC-135 aircraft insulated hot/cold beverage containers that crews took to Guam,Viet Nam and Thailand
  12. If the funding is appropriate for the purpose but the needs are not within scope, how difficult can it be to simply purchase these supply items separately? Might require purchasing from two or three suppliers rather from one source but don’t seem to be major amounts. If any competent supply clerk or purchasing agent could easily buy this stuff, then a contracting office ought to be able to relatively easily do it, too without going through a prime contractor/integrator (I.e. $435 hammers and $600 toilet seats). Is it that hard to buy supplies these days? If so, hire my wife. She can sear
  13. The funding can be appropriate for the intended purpose but if the purpose is outside the contract’s (including base and task order) scope and its terms and conditions, it’s Probably improper to add the work by change to this task order.
  14. Yes, and I included the condition of an overrun with no change in the requirement. I can’t believe that the question of paying additional fee for a cost overrun is a debate. If one is a veteran contracting person, I would hope that they have access to any edition of Formation of Government Contracts. Mine is the Third Edition by Cibinic and Nash. Read Chapter 8, Section III , “Cost Reimbursement Contracts” for discussion of “overruns”. ________________________________ EDIT: Cibinic and Nash use the term consistently with its standard dictionary meaning, e.g., “ an instance o
  15. Disagree. fixed fee means that it is $70k. If there is an underrun of costs the fee is $70k. If there is an overrun with no change in requirement and the contractor authorizes the additional costs, the fee is still fixed at $70k.
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