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  1. My office deals primarily in FFP environmental remediation service contracts. Environmental remediation typically involves a lot of unknown factors, and unforeseen delays. So we routinely execute a lot of modifications for POP extensions. Lately, I've been requiring a more rigorous analysis from my PMs for the reasons for the delay, and finding out that frequently the delay is due to contractor rework on documents (Work Plans, etc.) necessary for the project. Recently, I recommended to my KO that a POP extension request be denied since there was no excusable delay. She said we couldn't ju
  2. Joel, Yes, the options are included in the solicitation and the offerors propose prices based on their costs. Thanks for your input. This is useful.
  3. It would only be speculation. I haven't worked with T&D before, and I assume he has. Have you ever seen these types of options in FFP service contracts?
  4. Yes, the solicitation always includes the best information the government has for the site, but that information is never perfect in these types of projects. Until you get in the ground, its just a glorified SWAG. Can you suggest a better way to handle these contingencies other than the unit-priced options we've been using? In years past, we used CPAF contracts for this type of work, but the policy pendulum has swung away from these and we're mandated to issue FFP PB contracts/CTOs for almost everything. I saw FAR 17.200( too, but further down it states "However, it does not preclude the use
  5. My office primarily issues FFP service contracts and CTOs for environmental studies, plans, designs, remediation and associated services. Because environmental remediation frequently results in situations where greater contamination is discovered after field work begins, our CTOs have often included Options for increased quantities of services such as excavation that read "Option for addl excavation at a unit price of $54 per cubic foot up to 5000 cubic feet" or "Option for up to 3 additional project meetings at a unit price of $500 per meeting." Our office has recently come under new manageme
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