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  1. I find this thread interesting that so many good contracting minds and we cannot even come close to consensus on whether this is a service or a supply... Personally, I would not call it a service and even if I were pressed into calling it a service, I would still argue that SCA doesn't apply since there are no employees. If SCA doesn't apply, then you should be able to use the GPC since the $2,500 limit wouldn't be applicable. So call it what you want, you should still be able to argue that you can use your card.
  2. Honestly, I don't agree. To me costs for travel should be reimbursed to the extent of the FTR and although they can and should get G&A, I don't believe that fee or profit should be given. Just my opinion.
  3. Joel, Sorry it's taken me a bit to get back to you... life and all.. Sadly, I lost and we are having to develop IGEs for work that we can't even define yet (both later-to-be-funded tasks and options) as the powers that be are convinced that if we don't we will have "unpriced options" that essentially are sole-source task orders. So now we develop an IGE with our assumptions, get a cost proposal from the most highly qualified contractor and negotiate. I totally concur on all your other comments.
  4. I found this conversation to be interesting... I do have a follow-on question if allowable. We have a contractor that is trying to request fee (aka profit) for travel costs. I can understand G&A to a point, but is fee permissible? I was under then (perhaps incorrect) impression that travel should be reimbursed per the FTR/JTR but with no fee/profit.
  5. jl - I prefer all the 8(a) contractors in a large room, and then the government program people can rotate from table to table to talk with them about their capabilities. we won't have time to schedule a bunch of one-on-ones, individually scheduled. This way the firms are all together (so perhaps they could even network among themselves, don't care if they do or not) and the program peeps can simply learn about each firm. Sort of like the old GSA Expo, except MUCH smaller and more focused.
  6. Thank you. I have been burned by allowing the SBA to select a firm before, so I would prefer to know of several firms that can do the work that we do and their capabilities so should a time come in the future, we have increased knowledge in this area. I really would prefer to have several companies tell us at once as opposed to a parade of companies telling us over several days/weeks, which is why I thought an I.D. would be perfect.
  7. The reason is to expand our knowledge about the capabilities of 8(a) companies in this field. It is not a presolicitation conference.
  8. Thank you... I don't know that a web-conference will work because this isn't about us telling them things... it's about us learning about the capabilities of companies out there.
  9. Thanks jl. I had some concern that if we did request the one-page statement and then didn't select a company, could there be any negative repercussions from that? I appreciate the prompt response!
  10. Situation: I am considering holding an 8(a) Industry Day for my regional office. It will be for 8(a) companies that work a specific NAICS that our organization uses. There is no specific solicitation or requirement on the street. We are merely interested in learning about companies' capabilities should a sole source 8(a) opportunity occur (which does about 2-3 times a year). Problem: Space is limited so we could can only permit a limited number of companies to participate Question; Is there a required process in order to assure fairness to allow/disallow companies to participate, or is "fairness" even an issue in this situation?
  11. The examples you list are different (imho) to the government formally giving out information to only a select few contractors. There is a reason that after questions are submitted in writing, the answers (and questions) are posted to FBO. In order to maximize competition and keep the playing field level (aka, fairness) I would not disseminate information this way. But that's just me... Now, having said that... I do see a way this can be done fairly by posting well in advance that the call would take place, and then follow up with posting the key points of the call on FBO.
  12. So how does the playing field stay level if someone doesn't attend the conference call but still wishes to submit an offer? Sometimes we do things because it's an appropriate way to do them.
  13. The same language exists in 52.217-8 and always causes issues as some feel that you have to wait "within" 30 days (or whatever number you put in the blank) to exercise that clause, and others feel that it has to be prior to that time frame. Legalese and English are not synonymous.
  14. Sadly, this is an actual situation. Multiple award IDIQ A&E services contracts.
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