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  1. "Joseph Jordan, the White House’s top contracting policy chief, floated the idea Tuesday of having contracting professionals rotate between government and the private sector." See link. http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20130723/ACQUISITION03/307230006/Official-Rotate-contracting-officers-between-government-private-sector?odyssey=mod_sectionstories Jordan knows there are issues with his idea and obvioulsy among other things there are potential conflicts of interests. What are your thoughts?
  2. Read cited GAO opine. This may help. "Where a contract for visitor reservation services has expired, the contractual relationship which existed is terminated and the issuance of an amendment 4 months after the expiration date to retroactively extend and modify the contract as if it had not expired amounts to a contract award without competition, contrary to the requirements of the Competition in Contracting Act. A protest challenging the amendment is sustained, therefore, and GAO recommends that a competitive procurement for the requirement be conducted" (65 Comp. Gen. 25 (Comp.Gen.), 25, 1985 WL 50837, 1).
  3. OP FWIW your agency most likely committed a CICA violation and a protest challenging the exercised option may be sustained. "Where a contract for visitor reservation services has expired, the contractual relationship which existed is terminated and the issuance of an amendment 4 months after the expiration date to retroactively extend and modify the contract as if it had not expired amounts to a contract award without competition, contrary to the requirements of the Competition in Contracting Act. A protest challenging the amendment is sustained, therefore, and GAO recommends that a competitive procurement for the requirement be conducted" (65 Comp. Gen. 25 (Comp.Gen.), 25, 1985 WL 50837, 1).
  4. Why protest?

    I think it is a bit disingenuous to infer protests are too cost prohibitive. Agency level protest and GAO level protests are relatively inexpensive. I think the costs for a KTR to send an email to the KO is negligible. In my experience GAO has provided some flexibility to the pro per/se KTR. Regardless, of costs, I agree most protests can be a waste of time, although, some protests I reviewed and advised on, were IMO meritorious, and agency corrective action was appropriate.
  5. Are Task Orders contracts? See ASBCA decision. http://www.asbca.mil/Decisions/2012/57400%20MCC%20Construction%20Corporation%207.16.12%20WEB.pdf Compare with Delex GAO decision. http://www.gao.gov/products/A84543#mt=e-report Any thoughts?
  6. Use of No-Year Funds

    Hello ji20874 I thought revolving funds are ?no year? funds. See, e.g., Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2000, Pub. L. No. 106-79, 113 Stat. 1212 (1999). Although, revolving funds are not dependent upon annual appropriations and the Bona Fide Needs Rule does not normally apply I think there are restrictions. See 10 U.S.C. ? 2213(a) (limiting the acquisition of any supply item to 2 years of operating stock); U.S. GEN. ACCOUNTING OFFICE, REPORT TO CONGRESS, DEFENSE WORKING CAPITAL FUND: IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED FOR MANAGING THE BACKLOG OF FUNDED WORK (2001). See also, Matter of: Implementation of the Library of Congress FEDLINK Revolving Fund, B-288142, Sep. 6, 2001; Matter of: Continued Availability of Expired Appropriation for Additional Project Phases, B-286929, Apr. 25, 2001 (it is still improper to ?bank? an agency?s annual funds with a GSA account to cover future year needs). So what are the differences between no year and revolving funds?
  7. Vern it is readily apparent your neurotic need to make a ?whatever point? highlights how full of yourself you really are. My intent for this post was too illicit some responses to help me better understand what is a BPA and whether there were some concepts applicable to the BPA whether or not it was included in the agreement?s terms (i.e. Christian Doctrine). I can read the contract or agreement and I am familiar with contract law, agreements, and understandings. However, federal procurement law is different from contract law. For example, federal contracts do not contain two way indemnification agreements, state choice of law provisions, recitals, severability clauses, and so on. I admire your subject matter knowledge, but some of your responses have not been always been perfect, some wrong, so get over yourself. It?s not all about you.
  8. Dear Jacques and Other Readers, Gov has placed BPA orders w/ KTR. Gov received notice KTR will use subcontractor a few months after KTR received BPA award. Gov has an ongoing need to use BPA. Gov may have awarded BPA to different KTR had it known KTR was using subs. Gov intends to resolicit BPA. Since Gov has a continuous need for services offered in BPA is Gov required to provide notice for termination or whatever stating orders will no longer be placed with KTR?s BPA?
  9. Liquidated Damages

    I view liquidated damages as a clause to provide the Government monetary relief from a contractor's delayed or deficient performance through reasonable price adjustment under a stipulated contractual formula. It?s not supposed to be punitive. It is what it is. Also, I do not think it?s appropriate to use LDs as a carrot. IMO, those carrot instances (I feel like bugs bunny) could potentially create an acceleration issue. Regards.
  10. Hello All, KTR failed to disclose subcontractor use when it submitted its proposal. KTR received BPA award for services based on its own organic capabilities. KO intends to terminate BPA. What processes/procedures are required to terminate a BPA? Since a BPA is not a contract, there is no established jurisdiction under the Contract Disputes Act (CDA). Zhengxing v. U.S., 71 Fed. Cl. 732, 739 (2006); Julian Freeman, ASBCA No. 46675, 94-3 BCA at 135,906. So you can just terminate correct? If NO then what procedures have you used (i.e. cure, show cause, etc. ) Also, are there any cases/regulations on point highlighting this bait and switch scenario? Regards
  11. IMO you should raise the issue in your claim and it will be part of the record if your claim is elevated to a board or court. Then let the board or court decide whether it?s relevant. Even if the board or court does not consider it relevant it will put the government in an unfavorable light. And yes, a procurement litigation attorney would be helpful
  12. ODC Funds Crossing Fiscal Years?

    Jtoli on post 3 you state, "Unfortunately no one has been able to cite any particular reference in the Red Book that prohibits the use of these funds past 30 Sep. The pat answer is, "it's fiscal law"." Your statement appears to indicate a misunderstanding of what is fiscal law. ?The established rule is that the expenditure of public funds is proper only when authorized by Congress, not that public funds may be expended unless prohibited by Congress.? United States v. MacCollom, 426 U.S. 317 (1976). You must have an authority to expend appropiated funds not a prohibition against it. If you have legal support perhaps you could request a PTA analysis on your concerns. Regards.
  13. No X option. No K. To the best of my knowledge no avail precendent to violate K law. Defer to higher. File an MFR.
  14. How to deploy as a civilian contract specialist?

    Albeit obvious you may want to proof read your email, review its content for appropriateness, prior to sending it to a GO or other senior official. For example, avoid "Hey General P Id be like deploying cause Im good at contracting."
  15. Working at Risk

    Assuming you work for the Government. Perhaps you can forward your concerns through your chain of command and maintain an memorandum for record for your files.
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