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  1. I tried from my home home computer using Chrome. I get the error message that ji20874 gets. However, in the lower left hand side there is the word "Advanced." Click on that and you should get the option to proceed to the site. I did and after clicking "proceed" it took me to the DCAA site. Same thing with Firefox. Click on "Advanced" and then "Add Exception." With Internet Explorer, click "More Information" then "Go on to the webpage." I've also seen this before with other sites.
  2. I'm from a civilian agency and was able to get on the ASBCA site earlier today.
  3. Interesting. If filed with the GAO, it now costs now costs $350 to file a protest (as of May 1st).
  4. I don't think either degree is necessary to advance in contracting. I completed my MBA because I had been focused on working in the private sector outside of Federal contracts between my current and former stints in Federal service. I apply very little of what I learned in getting the MBA to my work today in contracting. I also work with a couple people how have JDs. While some of that course work likely taught them skills that help them in contracting, I'm confident most of it didn't make them more expert at Federal contracting. I've known folks with advanced degrees that are not very go
  5. I don't have the answer, but if you haven't already, try contacting the responsible CO at GSA. Their contact information is in the schedules eLibrary. Also, there is general contact information for Schedule 70 at https://www.gsa.gov/technology/technology-purchasing-programs/it-schedule-70.
  6. A proposed rule at 81 FR 88086 was published for comment on 12/6/2016 that would add a new language at 19.505 regarding performance of work requirements that address subcontracting limitations and the non-manufacturer rule. A final rule has not yet been published and it could change, or it might not even become part of a final rule. This is what is states regarding the compliance period. Also, changes to implement this were proposed to the clause 52.219-14, Limitations on Subcontracting, as well as the other set-aside clauses that include subcontracting limitations. "(b) Compliance pe
  7. For commercial items see FAR 12.303. For letter RFPs see FAR 15.203(e). If I recall correctly, I believe that some may use another format not specified in the FAR for construction, possibly a format established by a trade group. However, my memory could be failing me and I might be wrong. I don't believe FAR Part 36 specifies an alternative format for construction or A-E services. If the FAR says the UCF is not required for use and another part of the FAR does not specify another format, then I don't think you would be prohibited from any other format.
  8. I remember mowing the lawn at the squadron when I was young contract specialist in the Air Force. It only lasted a year or so before it started getting contracted out base-wide in the mid 90's. Not long thereafter there were CORs running around the base with rulers measuring blades of grass.
  9. In our agency we require the fair opportunity selection process to be based on qualifications only (FAR 16.500(d) and 16.505(a)(9)). After selection, price proposal is requested. Doing so saves the other contractors from wasting their time on putting together a price proposal.
  10. Here is a link to the bona fide need rule as it applies to services. It should answer your question. You'll see the appropriateness of using annual/single year funds for services in a subsequent fiscal year is based upon whether or not the service is severable. http://www.wifcon.com/bona/bonafide5.htm
  11. It is not a matter of being honor-bound. There is a statutory requirement for a CO to set-aside certain procurements, which is implemented at FAR Subpart 19.5. If the acquisition exceeds the micropurchase threshold, but not the SAT it "is automatically reserved exclusively for small business concerns and shall be set aside for small business unless the contracting officer determines there is not a reasonable expectation of obtaining offers from two or more responsible small business concerns that are competitive in terms of market prices, quality, and delivery. If the contracting officer
  12. The question is fairly broad, so I'm not sure if this will help. I'm assuming that you are issuing a purchase order under the authority at FAR Subpart 13.5. If so, I believe it would be reported just as any other purchase order. If I recall correctly, there is a specific field that asks if the action was awarded pursuant to the authority at Subpart 13.5. See if this guide from the FPDS website helps. Click on "Create a PO" under "Awards." https://www.fpds.gov/help/index.jsp Regarding the extent completed, the guide states: F Competed under SAP: Select this code when the ac
  13. Maybe I didn't articulate it well, but my point was that if I was appointed as a COR to do specific things, the fact that I have a warrant doesn't factor into the responsibilities I've been delegated. I've only been delegated certain responsibilities by the CO for the contract (assuming those do not involve changing or terminating the contract) and those activities are all I should do because that is all that I was asked to do. However, if was then asked by the CO or their supervisor to do something outside the COR delegation like issuing a modification or terminating the contract, I'd proce
  14. At the time I didn't think of the option of being delegated certain ACO responsibilities which I believe you may be referring to at FAR 42.202. That makes more sense than appointing a CO as a COR. Also, even if a CO were appointed as a COR, I agree that having to obtain the certification should be waived as being unnecessary. I obtained mine so as not to be found out of compliance with a policy that applies to individuals appointed as CORs. In hindsight, I could have argued that the requirement should not apply to an individual who is already a CO. Fortunately, I didn't waste 8 hours
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