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  1. And you would include the price actually paid in the determination of the average amount or or median price that you base the savings on.
  2. I guess they are saying that the average price for something would be X and "we saved" Y dollars below the average price by using competition. But the measure of average price is based upon competition(?) It doesn't seem to compare non-competitive prices with the value of competition. Then they offer an alternate measure based upon the median price. Two alternate, measures...
  3. Try this link instead for the DPAP memorandum. The link above went to a log in page for DAU. http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/policy/policyvault/2007-0203-DPAP.pdf note that the memo provides policy for issuing orders under another agency's existing contract that doesn't include the necessary DoD contract requirements.
  4. The OP didn't provide enough information but if they can justify establishing a new sole source ID/IQ with the same Contractor, they should be able to justify modifying the scope of the current contract by supplemental agreement. Why would they have to award a separate contract?
  5. That's pretty clear to me. Thanks, Matthew.
  6. The KO role cannot be contracted out. Contractors can write RFPs but I'm not sure whether a contractor can act as point of contact for questions from prospective offerors before the proposal due date. I feel that is the responsibility of the agency to clear up. I recommend not waiting until after award to voice your specific concerns and questions. The following assumes that the government contracting agency has some level of competence to award and administer the resulting contract. This might not be a safe assumption if your allegations about the quality of the RFP are correct. However, The government KO might not be aware of the problems with the contractor prepared RFP and might be able to do something about it before award. Your client might not be able to "fix problems" after award for various reasons. If there are obvious, patent errors or ambiguities in the solicitation, it might prevent the awardee from claiming a different interpretation than the government's. The firm generally has a duty to inquire rather than rely on its interpretation if the difference in opinion will affect the price or work product. I feel that if you simply state your "assumptions" or interpretation of questionable terms in your offer, that won't guarantee that the government will correctly respond to or consider your interpretations/concern before or after award. If other firms don't voice similar concerns, the government might simply dismiss your proposal as "non-conforming" to its interpretation of the terms. I would advise you to raise your concerns ASAP.
  7. Here is a good place to start, complete with names and phone numbers: http://geauxguard.la.gov/organization/joint-force-headquarters-jfhq-la/joint-staff/j8-financing-and-contracting/ US Property and Fiscal Acquisition Support Office for the Louisiana National Guard Bureau. An overview of USPFO: http://www.ngaus.org/sites/default/files/ID14USPFO.pdf Check out this National Guard Regulation: http://www.ngbpdc.ngb.army.mil/pubs/130/NGR130_636_2.pdf i don't know if the Office cited above will have any knowledge of your general research of 1970's procurement and contracting policies for the Louisiana National Guard but they should be able to explain the relationships between Federal and State NG procurement and funding.
  8. The French: The differences between the languages appear to separate us. French take great pride in the purity of the French language. Charles De Gaulle kicked us out (whether right or wrong, deserved or not), which began or intensified a split between the countries.
  9. http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagaffs.html The above link is to Affidavits by relatives of Betsy Ross, recollecting what they were told of the first flags and the above order. I havent found more detail yet on specific contracting by the Continental Congress. Col George Ross was on the secret committee of the Continental Congress that first met with Betsy Ross, who was then a widow. The committee was apparently authorized to procure the first flag and a subsequent order for more flags. The other members were George Washington of Va. and Robert Morris of Philadelphia, perhaps the wealthiest colonist of the time and very powerful and influential. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Morris_(financier) EDIT: forgot to mention that there are numerous documents in the Library of Congress for the Continental Congress. For example: https://www.loc.gov/item/90898032/ This resolution established the Commissaries for the supply of the Continental Army
  10. I think that the employee is commuting to work each week.
  11. A lot of people say "It's Greek to me!" Couldn't resist😜
  12. The most basic questions are whether this is "travel" or is this the employee's regular place of work.
  13. Often, reading and interpreting an individual sentence, phrase, paragraph, etc., in the FAR literally, without any other knowledge or proper context, can be compared with a similar reading of the Bible. It's like a literal reading and interpretation of of a Chapter or verse in the Bible on your own, with little or no knowledge of the context, authorship, history, intended audience, customs of the people involved, original language, etc. Some examples of that are the terms "brother", "love" and "saints".
  14. Jamaal, I said no because, as originally framed, the government would be simply awarding contracts for separate line items to each contractor from one solicitation. There was no explanation that delivery or task orders would be competed between the base contract holders, only that there would be multiple base contract awards from one solicitation. Vern later introduced a scenario where the separate line items would be distinct, yet related because they represent alternate approaches, products or solutions. Any one of them could be acceptable alternatives under one delivery or task order. If the government will normally be issuing task orders that provide competition among the various contract holders, I think that this would meet the definition of a multiple award ID/IQ. As for the underlying basis, I think that the link I provided explains the background, policy and concept of MUltiple Award ID/IQs pretty well. A simple Google search provided all sorts of discussion well beyond the literal language in the FAR.
  15. Not that I am aware of since the SCA isn't applicable. It depends upon what the contract says and how it was negotiated. The line items could be priced for work performed during the period of performance based upon the few words that you identified.