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  1. So, you do not think that it is a “combination of items”. I am still asking: What is an “offer for a combination of items“? Why do you keep avoiding answering my question? You keep telling me what it isn’t.
  2. Carl, I’m not asking you to agree. I asked what prices for a combination of items means to you. You called offering alternate prices for combinations of items “contingent pricing” but you haven’t explained what a combination of items might look like. Lotus gave a price for each item and then would offer lower individual prices for two of the items in combination with another item. It’s simple and straightforward. If it isn’t prohibited in the solicitation, the provision says offering combinations of items is allowed. It doesn’t prescribe how that has to be done. It doesn’t say that the government has to define or prescribe combinations of items or how to price them. Maybe all Lotus has to do is change the wording of the alternate pricing to say that Item XXX would be $xxx dollars in combination with award of CLIN YYY at the stated price for CLIN YYY. ...and reference paragraph (c)(4) of Provision 52.215-1 If lotus submits a separate proposal, I would recommend using a term akin to “in combination with item xxx at the stated price for item xxx..” as I described above. And reference the paragraph in 52.215-1...
  3. Carl, can you please tell me what it means? if it means what I think it means then all other firms can also offer discounts for certain combinations under the current terms of the competition.
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    Commercial FFP - why?

    I think that the folks have it.
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    Commercial FFP - why?

    I don’t know , off-hand. However, if that is the only way to price the effort,and if it must be sole-source, why does it have to be a Part 12 acquisition?
  6. The program cost overruns are in the billions, I believe...
  7. Years ago, It wasn’t uncommon in my local organization for pricing of optional items to have proposers identify alternative package pricing of the options. Before that (70’s through early 90’s), we used “additive alternate” bid items for pricing combinations of items. We were then told to use options instead of additive alternates. “They are easier to use”.
  8. It would appear so. We don’t know what the instant solicitation says or if Provision 52.215-1 (specifically paragraph (c) (4) )is in it. “(4) Unless otherwise specified in the solicitation, the offeror may propose to provide any item or combination of items.” Most of the solicitations that I have ever been involved with do require pricing for all items. But I have never seen where it prohibited pricing for combinations of items. So far herein, nobody seems to be able to describe how it is possible to evaluate any offer with alternative pricing for a combination of items. It seems clear to me that it is allowed, unless prohibited and it is possible to evaluate it. I brought up the possibility of offering price for a combination of items. So far nobody in this thread seems to know what that means or what paragraph (c)(4) means. I suggested that the potential proposer ask the government if they would except discounts for combination offers. In addition, I suggested how the potential proposer could ask for confidentiality before describing his idea, On the basis of competitive strategy.. An alternative which may work, is to submit a separate proposal with only pricing of a combination of items. Theoretically, it should be relatively simple for a potential proposer to inquire and find out whether multiple proposals are acceptable.
  9. The news reported that the Air Force said it would award a fixed price contract to the lowest priced technicality acceptable competitor. What they didn’t report was that it would be a fixed price incentive contract. Within a few months after the Feb 2011 announcement of award of the first (four?) planes, Boeing announced a huge expected cost overrun, of which the taxpayers were entitled to share with Boeing. I think that the first plane will be delivered this month, only about 7 years and 8 months later. That’s about twice the length of America’s combat involvement in WWII. oh yes. The KC-46 is a variant of the B-767, which has been flying since 1981... The AF has been complaining that Boeing is placing their priorities on their commercial business rather than the AF Tanker. One wouldn’t have thought that when Boeing and its political backers were fighting along with their allies in Congress and in the media, the possibility of an American manufacturing presence of EADS. Airbus/Eads is here and they are doing well. They are already expanding their plant in Mobile, AL and are partnering with Bombardier to build a plant and production line in Mobile for the new A-220 series (rebranding of the CRJ C-Series).
  10. I am curious why the FAR Council is delaying the implementation. Yes, they have changed from issuing an “interim rule” to a “proposed rule” . But why? It is apparent that SBA and the FAR Council don’t agree about something. Is this too politically sensitive to publicize? It isn’t as though the SBA was particularly quick in making the changes. That took about three years after the legislation passed. Now it looks like it will be six years for the FAR revision. Edit: I stated on Oct 6 in another thread (http://www.wifcon.com/discussion/index.php?/topic/4509-open-far-cases-limitations-on-subcontracting/&tab=comments#comment-43228 ) I think that the “similarly situated subcontractor” exception to the subcontracting limitations pretty well guts the limitations, unless the sub actually has to self-perform its subcontract. Otherwise the subcontractor could sub out all or part of the actual effort to whomever it wants to. I wonder if such a seemingly hollow “limitation” has anything to do with the delays. I couldn’t find any links to articles explaining “why the delay”.
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    Problems with the Forum

    Thanks, Bob. After two days, I was able to view the Forum as a guest this evening.
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    Relevance of the Defense Acquisition Corp

    LPLI - “Liquid Phase LPG Injection”? LPLI- “Low Power Laser Irradiation”?
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    Relevance of the Defense Acquisition Corp

    I think that It helps pay his salary.
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    Relevance of the Defense Acquisition Corp

    Don, I don’t understand why you said that. I think that your job and DAU are related to the Purpose of the DAC. Some history of DAC and AAC: http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a256829.pdf http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1031486.pdf some history of DAU: https://www.dau.mil/about/Documents/DAU History Book.pdf I was a member of the DAC, a DAWIA level III (Contracting), warranted Administrative Contracting Officer among other things (Licensed Professional Engineer, Designated Design-Build Institute of America D-B professional) and developed/taught various acquisition training classes/courses for over 25 years. I would think that you’d have some appreciation for the purpose and relevance of the Acquisition Corps.
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    Relevance of the Defense Acquisition Corp

    In our Army Command, absolutely.