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  1. Under some GWACS (Like SEWP) the hubzone (or SDVO etc.) pools are run as a separate competition, so a novation will not get you in a pool that wasnt competed for. While the "new company" may be hubzone, it didnt compete for a hubzone award. Best case is that if awarded, an agency would get the social economic credits. But its hard to see a scenario where the government would grant a contract for something a company didnt compete for.
  2. We see them using the CPAR to tie it down. Statements like - failure to complete will negatively affect your CPARS rating for this contract.
  3. Late to party here , but wouldn't it be 20% ? This is like a coin flip, the probability doesn't increase or compound as it goes through each appeal. Combining them assumes the results are connected.
  4. My original point was (and still is) that the CA process needs to be fixed. We agree 100% on the competency, ideally the workforce should know how do their job correctly, and some do. I think the process needs to be fixed, as it easier and more likely to have an impact. The costs are one factor, not the only. We agree on the long term effects, just disagree on how to solve it. The rest was me answering your question. You asked me what I thought, and I gave it to you. As for the "non-professional" , I have nowhere near the experience you have, but its unwise to assume that someone who kn
  5. Yes a drop in the bucket for the Government, but I was referring to the costs for both sides. It is an expensive process. It was an attempt at a simple analogy for a complex problem, of course its absurd. But not every multi-million dollar contract needs discussions, it depends on the variables and associated risks to those variables. The more COTS the product, the less discussions should be needed.
  6. Thanks - I didn't think that was correct, but couldn't find better data I am a data guy not a FAR guy, so my mind looks for #s. But I have to respectfully disagree with your first statement. From a legal standpoint, sure, the impact is down the road. But from the operational side, it costs everyone resources. Corrective Actions should identify the problem, correct it, and include measures that help prevent it from happening again. On the FAR question, my thought is that some think discussions lead to protests. But I don't have data to back that assumption. I think the intent of t
  7. We discussed this a bit in the other thread, but I think it comes back to the Corrective Actions. GAO needs to evaluate the merit of a potential CA, and GAO and the government need to stop looking at a CA as a "win". A corrective action is not a positive thing for Industry or Government. 2600 cases filed at GAO in 2017, 581 had decisions. Does that mean 80% of protests go to Corrective Action?
  8. If you are on the government side, they will answer all of your questions if you contact them. If you are industry, they may not be as forthcoming...
  9. A lot of views for no response... In general SEWP doesn't really allow many of these anymore, they push Agencies to an Agency Catalog (which has even less info on the FAQ)if the requirement is less defined. I'm sure they still happen, but SEWP pushes the Catalog and multiple award , not a DOWO.
  10. Very interesting reads. Trying to pick out a common theme, but need to read through a few more times. At the very least it seems as though the initial corrective actions were flawed, which led to multiple rounds of GAO. I go back to my original point, a CA should not be an instant do over, GAO needs to evaluate the potential success of the CA. And while this only goes back 4 years, some of these cases are still active and yet to be resolved... Bob - Thanks for the work here and on this site!
  11. @bob7947 Out of curiosity, is it easy to see how many COFC cases went through multiple rounds of Corrective Actions at GAO?
  12. Serious and slightly related question. Does anyone feel like the Corrective Action process needs to be looked at? Both Industry and Government seem to lean on it as a crutch. The government knows they can always stop a GAO process and use it if they see an unfavorable outcome. Industry knows that if they can create enough smoke, a CA is likely. I think a lot of issues would be corrected if GAO took a more active route in making sure the CA is a valid plan that will actually work. Instead you have these large procurements that seem to be in a carousal of award, protest, CA, award, protest, CA e
  13. NITAAC has a few GWACS but all 3 have fees paid by the government. CIO-CS is .35%, SEWP in .39% GSA is .75%. None are paid directly by the government, but industry includes that cost.
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