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  1. A little guidance/advice please

    I can tell by your posts that you will be just fine no matter what decision you make. There are no shortages of job opportunities in this career field. The biggest decision you will have to make is just picking where you want to live. You will then be able to target your job search there. This will be true now or five years from now. Good luck to you!
  2. This should come as no surprise to anyone, but there are two worlds in military contracting, the "haves" and the "have nots". I have worked in every type of contracting office imaginable. From deployed operational units to DC. Guess which one is flush? At the operation level, I have been a party to pulling staples from contract folders just to be able to reuse the folders. I too, have been buying personal office supply items for years. I've been in deployed environments, where military and government civilians had to share old beat-up Toyota Rhino's to get around, while support contractors buzzed by in plush brand new Suburban's. Having said all that, I've always managed to get what I needed and enjoyed the moral high ground conserving government funds. As for the credit card access, yes it is available, but it is tiring having to justify to several individuals, why you need a note tablet, when it is so much easier to buy it with your personal funds.
  3. This story reminds me of another blunder by an Army General, when General Shinseki ordered the black berets for the Army. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/army-demotes-its-black-berets/2011/06/15/AG9nfRWH_story.html
  4. Is the requirement really for it to work under salt water and use waterproof cartridges? You may be joking but your point is valid. The procurement process gets a bad reputation for taking too long, but if you peel back the onion a lot of times it comes down to ridiculous specifications pushing the edges of technology, perhaps the new weapon calls for it to use a smart cartridge that will go around corner's, too. So the General should look first at the requirement writers before blasting the entire procurement process. A little off topic, but my father a WWII vet, tells the story of preparing to ship out without a revolver, his squadron commander bought every one of his troops a revolver with his own money before they deployed. None of his men were going without a side arm. That 38 is still in the family today, and is pretty darn accurate. Where are those leaders today??
  5. 1. No, in my organization (Special Operations), we live in this world. Our Acquisition Executive preaches this stuff. If you are not coming up with new and innovative ways to get things to the warfighter faster, then you are not trying hard enough. We have many groups, not just one where innovation is not only welcomed but openly encouraged. 2. Yes, see above. 3. It is easier to be on automation, but in our organization, being human is encouraged. Obviously, there are numerous laws, statutes, regulations to comply with, and we do, but it doesn't change our mindset to support the warfighter. 4. We go to great lengths to do auditable, repeatable, and defendable acquisitions, and do not fear protests. I never understand why companies do protest, but that is another thread. Before you think this place is contracting nirvana, we have our failures, but not from lacking of trying.
  6. Regrettably, you are fighting a losing battle. It is an age old problem, the contractor and his employees' union representatives negotiate the CBA. The Government Agency (bill payer) is not even allowed at the table, once the CBA is negotiated, the rates get incorporated into the contract. The cognizant Government agency has to pony up the funds. End of story. BTW, it won't matter what vendor you select, the CBA will be binding on them, too. Also, makes no difference on what rates you negotiate when you award the contract, if a new CBA gets accomplished you will be modifying your contract to incorporate the new rates. Please keep us posted on the outcome.
  7. I just left the Supreme Court, fascinating to hear the Chief Justice's discuss the meaning of "shall" and questioning why agencies don't use more of the Federal Supply Schedules.
  8. Adverse Impact

    I would definitely keep the SBA apprised of your actions and intentions. I have had good and bad experiences with workshops from Ability One, NIB, and NISH contractors. My only advice to you is don't rush into it, do your due diligence. Ask all your questions and make sure you are satisfied that the workshop will completely meet your needs and be able to satisfy your requirement before agreeing to have it put on the Procurement List. Visit the principles and ask the tough questions, because once your requirement gets put on the Procurement List, it is nearly impossible to remove it and go back out and compete with regular SB firms. I think this is where the Adverse Impact determination would come in. Also, recognize it may take more contract administration effort to ensure you are getting what you are paying for. However, having said that, it can be very rewarding,too as I have seen some of the most appreciative employees on NIB/NISH projects who are very happy to have the opportunity to be working and will bend over backwards to provide customer service.
  9. IDIQ

    Yes, but if you have already meet the minimum, just don't issue them anymore orders. Once the minimum is met you aren't any legal obligation to continue to use it.
  10. Funny or tragic? Part I

    All I can say is, good thing back in the day we didn't have the requirement to publish the J&A's we used to justify buying IBM typewriters vs. Olivetti typewriters. The Olivetti's were lots cheaper but all the secretaries liked the IBM better. There were many a creative (laughable)justification written to justify the expense of paying more for the IBM. Plus we all know what happened after the first Commander's secretary got an IBM approved. Next thing, every other secretary on the installation had to have an IBM, too. My only point is, this is not remotely the first poorly written J&A and certainly is not the last one that will be written. We will tire from critiquing lousy J&A's long before we see any measurable improvement in the quality of them.
  11. Happy Mardi Gras

    Canjuncharlie, "Here in Riyadh, I know what it means.." is way too philosophical for this forum. Stay safe.
  12. Is the contract for supplies or for services?

    So what is the answer to "Is painting the walls of a building a service or is it construction? Does the Service Contract Act apply or the Davis Bacon Act?" because I could make a case for either one. Painting is specififcally included in the FAR definition for construction, but it seems to be implicitly included in the service definition " Routine recurring maintenance of real property". I seem to recall a definitiion somewhere that 200sf of painting is a service, more than that is construction. How do others handle their strictly painting contracts?
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