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  1. Has strategic sourcing gone too far?

    I saw this years ago - For a reason similar to this - Except it was so a Senior Executive could put a feather in his hat.
  2. Whenever practicable, require SOOs instead of SOWs in both solicitations and contracts.
  3. Break the habit of requiring offerors to show specifically how they will solve a problem. Instead, rely more heavily on experience and past performance. Train PMs on how to write SOWs, SOOs, and evaluation factors.
  4. Or require mandatory overtime for the one person...or require 2 bodies at 960 hours each...or...
  5. Would you have the same opinion if the Government said it needed 2500 hours? 3000 hours?
  6. You could ask the Contracting Officer. If contracts were FPDS reportable then they may freely give you both the previous contract numbers and award amounts.
  7. Those Pesky IDIQ Contracts Again

    It is a limitation if 52.216-18 is in the base contract. The task order mod would have been out of scope. And you can't change the base IDIQ's scope by some agreement at a subordinate task order level.
  8. Those Pesky IDIQ Contracts Again

    52.216-22 (d) Any order issued during the effective period of this contract and not completed within that period shall be completed by the Contractor within the time specified in the order. The contract shall govern the Contractor’s and Government’s rights and obligations with respect to that order to the same extent as if the order were completed during the contract’s effective period; provided, that the Contractor shall not be required to make any deliveries under this contract after _______________ [insert date]. Emphasis added. Given the words in bold and their placement in both sentences within (d), I think “deliveries” is in reference to “any order” not just delivery orders. These discussions imply similar interpretations where (d) is being applied to performance: http://www.wifcon.com/discussion/index.php?/topic/1665-task-orders-that-extend-beyond-base-contract-pop/#comment-14003 http://www.wifcon.com/discussion/index.php?/topic/3361-allworld-and-far-52216-22/
  9. Those Pesky IDIQ Contracts Again

    If 52.216-18 is in the contract, see paragraph (b) where it says "In the event of conflict between a delivery order or task order and this contract, the contract shall control."
  10. Truth Decay

    Sounds like the Fact vs Folklore conversation on Wifcon a couple months back.
  11. How to price option years?

    1. That’s the default. The Government may be open to negotiating those terms especially if you’re the only source or bring some other great value that others don’t have. That negotiation would generally need to take place as part of establishing the initial contract and not down the road after contract award and when they’re about to exercise an option. 3. In addition to Matthew’s answer, if the solicitation doesn’t say one way or the other (like it should) then you should assume the option periods will be evaluated as well.
  12. Agree with GAO except where they implied employees could wash their dishes with the bottled water.
  13. CPARS comments

    If you're with a small business then I recommend asking your SBA rep for help. If you're greatly concerned you may want to seek an attorney's assistance. Otherwise you could just ask the CO of record to help.
  14. Ethics and Transparency

    Yes. Yes, but it varies depending on where you work. Different places have different cultures. Your general observations are not unique to the federal contracting community. I’ve seen the same in the military and private industry, neither of which had anything to do with federal contracting.
  15. Invoicing

    KOs can verbally authorize additional work for 52.212-4 contracts. But the authorization would only be considered an offer made by the Government and not a change in the contract’s terms and conditions (and therefore not payable). Doubtful but also possible, there could be language in the Task Order or underlying contract pre-authorizing and agreeing to certain verbal changes.