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  1. As a subcontractor, I will be performing exclusively as a sales agent of the prime (selling the prime's products and services to the customer). I will not be reselling, or providing any products or services being resold by the prime to the customer. How can one easily filter the prime contract clauses for those that applicable to a subcontractor sales agent?
  2. Maybe the labor rates can be at fixed unit prices in the BPA and parts can be reimbursed at cost plus an fixed administrative fee percentage in the BPA. You can issue blanket POs that vendors can draw down against at these fixed prices.
  3. Government Furnished Equipoment

    It sounds like the first original CPFF contract is still ongoing. The government paid for the facility and equipment. The contractor currently has title to those assets. When that original contract ends, the contractor would likely have to transfer those assets to the government per the terms of the contract. It sounds like the contractor wishes to bid on a separate and second contract and wants to use those assets in performing that second contract. Does the contractor have the right to use those assets on another contract while the original contract is ongoing, and if so, does the contractor have to identify the government interest in those assets in the proposal for that second contract? If this is the case, I would get explicit written permission to use those assets on the second contract from the original contract, and second, I would disclose the status of those assets in the proposal for the second contract.
  4. I hope you put some disclaimer in your "invented" estimate. If the government awards based on your false estimate, as found out by a protest from a losing bidder, or other means, you set yourself up for a potential false claims.
  5. Maybe this a task order RFP under a schedule or IDIQ - and the government just wants to see how you got to your offer using established contract labor and rates.
  6. Do you think it reasonable, under commercial contracts, for a negotiated change under that commercial contract per FAR 52.212-4(c) -- Contract Terms and Conditions -- Commercial Items (c) Changes, for the Contractor to include in its pricing of the change, pricing for the effort spent in preparing the change proposal? What would the government’s position be to not accept or allow change pricing to include pricing for the effort spent in preparing the change proposal?
  7. Confusing Terminology: "Multiple-Award Contract"

    Maybe a GSA Contractor Team Arrangement is a multiple-award contract" (singular) a single contract with two or more contractors.
  8. Procurement Assistance

    From a math point of view: Starting Scenario $ 120.00 Price of Goods $ 100.00 Cost of Goods $ 20.00 Profit (Price - Cost) 20% Profit % (Profit/Cost) Scenario 1 (Cost of Goods reduced by 5%) $ 120.00 Price of Goods $ 95.00 Cost of Goods (down 5%) $ 25.00 Profit (Price - Cost) 26% Profit % (Profit/Cost) Scenario 2 (Increase Sales (Qty) by 5%) $ 126.00 Price of Goods (up 5%) $ 105.00 Cost of Goods (up 5%) $ 21.00 Profit (Price - Cost) 20% Profit % (Profit/Cost)
  9. Some prime’s treat contract labor and subcontract labor differently. Often, contract labor gets classified as direct labor and subcontract labor gets classified as ODC. So is direct labor equivalent to employee labor for purposes of complying with the LOS? I am not sure. Another aspect to consider is that virtually every person getting work through a contract labor firm has signed an agreement with that firm that makes that individual an independent contractor as opposed to an actual employee of the contractor labor firm. As such, virtually all contract labor is small business labor, although at the 2nd tier not the 1st tier if contract labor is considered as subcontract labor. The intent of the LOS clause is to prevent a pass through of the contract to a large business. I think using contract labor is consistent with this intent.
  10. A Competition Revolution

    I was wondering if a FP LOE acquisition would be appropriate for this method. If you imagine a requirement to perform a study for a fixed budget, you could embed a trade off evaluation under a highest rated technical approach by using e a combination of skills and number of hours (technical evaluation) and fair and reasonable price. Say you get four offers for a $200,000 FPLOE study: Most Skilled for 100 hours at $200/hour 2nd Most Skilled for 160 hours at $125/hour 3rd Most Skilled for 250 Hours at $80/hour Least Skilled for 200 hours at $100/hour All rates are determined to be fair and reasonable. Who wins? If your highest rated technical evaluation looked only at skill level then the Most Skilled Offer should win. If your highest rated technical evaluation looked at both skill level and hours then you could conceivably award to anyone. It seems that a tradeoff methodology could still exist even in a highest rated technical approach, and probably could never be completely eliminated. As another observation, all prices need to be fair and reasonable in all situations, even those in a LPTA award to those in a best value award
  11. A Competition Revolution

    It seems that at the end of the day, you cannot buy more than you need and/or at more than you can afford- regardless if it is has the highest technical rating and is offered at a fair and reasonable price. Without the follow on task order competitions you have no way to control this.
  12. A Competition Revolution

    I wonder if there has to be some ceiling or cut off on awarding to the highest technically rated. What if the highest technically rated proposal far exceeds the government's bona fide needs? The solicitation would have to create some sort of boundaries that would pre vent this.
  13. What if anything is the distinction in the FAR between something this is required to be a “commercial item” and something that is required to be “commercially available”? It appears that “commercially available” is frequently linked to COTS items but not always. If there is a standalone requirement for an item to be “commercially available” without the reference to COTS does the item still need to meet the “commercially available” COTS definition or can it just meet the “commercial item” definition or some other defintion?
  14. If we use Vern's definition, from the vendor's perspective, the vendor need only be a non-government source, and make the item available.
  15. I would like to know the definition of “commercially available” as a standalone requirement without the reference to COTS. Imagine an RFP specification that says: All items must be commercially available at time of award. What does that mean?
  16. I came across a scenario where prior to making award, the government gradually eliminated each bidder from the acquisition save one, by designating and notifying each of them sequentially one by one over time as being outside of the competitive range. Left with one acceptable bidder they then made award to the bidder after all pre-award protests time has elapsed. For the bidders that were outside of the competitive range, are they precluded from protesting the eventual award but can only protest their elimination from the competitive range within 10 days of being notified of their elimination?
  17. Competitive Range and Protest

    I think the issue would be then how the communications were characterized. The protester would have to argue that the communications were discussions and the government would have to argue that they were clarifications. I don’t have any facts on the scenario. But is it strictly prohibited to be eliminated from the competitive range after discussions?
  18. Competitive Range and Protest

    Is there any restriction on the timing of making a competitive range determination? Can it occur at anytime, say before or after discussions
  19. Competitive Range and Protest

    Thanks. Under COFC protests, there are no specific timelines to protest either pre or post award. In my scenario, if the eliminated bidder did protest (pre-award), and if they prevail, then they get put back into the competitive range and will either win or lose the award. If they then lose the award then they could do post award protest. If they lose pre-award, they lose and are not eligible for a post award protest. Is there anything wrong with having a final competitive range of only a single bidder?
  20. Competitive Range and Protest

    I really do not have any information on this situation. At first glance, I thought it a clever way for an agency to avoid protest by making award after the time has expired for any other bidder to protest – shifting protest from post-award to pre-award
  21. Competitive Range and Protest

    COFC I imagine. In order to get an injunction.
  22. Competitive Range and Protest

    Is the only recourse for the bidders that are eliminated from the competitive range to seek a protective order in the courts to prevent the acquisition from going forward to award?
  23. G&A allowable on FFP Change Order?

    As I see it, the G&A expense pool dollars remained unchanged even though the G&A base dollars grew with the addition of the new work. So for the original bid, let’s assume for illustration purposes only, that the base was $1,000 and the G&A expense was $100 for a total cost of $1,100 (a G&A rate of 10% 100/1000). The new work added another $1,000 to the base but added $0 to G&A expense (for an overall G&A rate of 5% 100/2000). Does the contractor say the new work should be valued at $1,000 plus $50 G$A (5%) for an added new work total of $1,050 and the original work value should stay the same $1,100 (10% G&A)? Or should the original work be revised down to $1,050 (5% G&A)? Or should the original work stay the same $1,100 (10% G&A) and the new work be added at $1000 (0% incremental G&A)? Scenario 1: $1,100 + $1,050 = $2,150 Scenario 2: $1,050 + $1,050 = $2,100 Scenario 3: $1,100 + $1,000 = $2,100
  24. G&A allowable on FFP Change Order?

    I don't think the cost analyst has enough information to make that assertion. So my answer is no, the cost analyst is not correct. I believe the contractor needs to provide the cost detail that they used in their original proposal so the analyst can compare it to the change order cost proposal and see exactly what changed and why and then decide if the changes are acceptable.
  25. I just heard something that sounded a bit strange. I don’t have any more information. This is what I think I heard: Because their agency has a contract with the prime contractor, the prime contractor is separately offering to the individuals of that agency that are using their service, a special discount of the contractor’s other personal consumer services for the individual’s private personal commercial use. Is there a conflict of interest? I think it is OK so long as information is not being used inappropriately by the prime contractor to target these individuals. This also reminds me a little about individuals being able to keep their frequent flyer miles when they travel for the agency.