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  1. When awarding an order under a MAS using FAR part 8, what have been the best practices for providing a brief explanation for the basis of award? I imagine a typical response of "it depends.." is applicable here, but what is generally included in a brief explanation? Addressing strengths/weaknesses? Noting the awardee and award price? None of the above?
  2. The original questions were not about the differences between open space/cubicle, but thanks for the opinions nonetheless. While anecdotal, it seems most folks here are in agreement that telework should be on a case-by-case basis depending on the employee and their results. It also sounds like some generational differences are at the root of some of the responses?
  3. Lately I've seen a lot of debate in my agency centered around telework. The benefits have been well researched and it sounds like most people like the idea of telework (in theory), but it still seems to have some negative connotations around it. Just a few questions that have been discussed in our agency - not sure if the verdict is the same across the government. - Do you think the 1102 series will continue to move toward significant (possibly 100%) telework? - Can Government employees be more productive/efficient while teleworking or is that just an excuse we throw out to keep the benefit? - Do you allow and/or encourage contractors to work off-site as a means to save space and as a recruitment tool to obtain the best support? - Industry partners: Do you notice a difference in your ability to work with federal counterparts between those who telework and those who don't? - What are some of the more telework-friendly agencies you've seen for 1102 personnel?
  4. Great view of both sides - Thanks ConTraCula. I've still been looking outside of the federal government, but in most cases I'd have to take almost a 50% pay cut if I make the jump to the private sector. Pair that with the lack of other benefits as you noted and it's just not that appealing.
  5. Super helpful! Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
  6. More of a contract administrator role or assisting small businesses in breaking into government contracting (I realize there probably won't be many job postings for this type of work). From Kevlar51's response, it would be more along the lines of client-focused positions.
  7. I've spent my entire (8 year) career in the federal government specifically as an 1102. Currently looking outside of the federal government but keep running into the issue where I feel I'm not qualified for something because private sector companies tend to look for more of a legal background and less of a business/leadership background. What are some positions in the private sector that a Contracting Officer may be able to transition into fairly well?
  8. We've all been there....we receive a PR for something, send out a solicitation, and process an award document without even knowing what we're really buying. What is the number 1 (or 2&3) reason you think contracting personnel should physically see/touch/explore what they are buying?
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