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  1. Based on your situation, I'd say developmental or internship programs are the way to get into the contracting arena. Once you're in, if you're of at least average intelligence, have a good work ethic, and decent communication skills, you will advance and have opportunities. And of course, if you're willing to move to promote, you'll likely promote faster.
  2. I'm actually curious about changing opinions of VA contracting. I've been with the agency seven years, and the contracting competencies across the enterprise are considerably better than when I arrived. It's not uniform of course, but overall, I think it's definitely trending upwards. However, your comment is something that always worries me when I consider other job opportunities outside the agency, and particularly within the DOD. How pervasive is the "VA stigma," and has it changed at all in recent years? Does my perception of VA contracting improving match what other acquisition folks perc
  3. I had wondered about that. I have held a FAC-C III for some time, and received both my FAC-C II and III certifications before the most recent FAC-C refresh that aligned with current DAWIA requirements. I was wondering if my FAC-C III would somehow transfer to an equivalent DAWIA III certification, as I meet all of the other requirements, or if I'd be looking at doing a substantive amount of remedial DAU coursework. It sounds like the latter. Thanks for the input.
  4. Thanks for sharing all of that, Desparado. The last paragraph (quoted) made me think quite a bit. I think one of the challenges at VHA is that we're organized into product line teams, and that moving to other teams to become well versed in different areas of contracting (services, commodities, construction, etc.) can be a big challenge. I've been in the commercial services arena for about seven years, and am ready for something new. Perhaps moving to a different product line such as construction, might be a valuable and career enhancing alternative to leaving the agency. We sure do take a beat
  5. I have worked at a non-DoD civilian agency (VA) for several years, and have heard from more than one SES director that if I want to advance to senior GS or SES positions within the agency, I should leave the VA, get experience in another agency, and then come back to VA. I was a bit surprised at these comments, as these were both SES members in leadership positions within the agency, and yet they were recommending that I leave to get outside experience. A few years have passed since those conversations, and I am now at a grade level that might be more difficult to change agencies, and particul
  6. This particular scenario involved physicians providing services on site at the VA. The physicians were from an affiliated medical institution (i.e. a university). The physician wasn't needed for the full 2,080 hours and thus wasn't scheduled for the full 40 hours per week. The affected physicians then provided services the university instead.
  7. Good Morning Joel, The requirement was to provide 2,080 hours of physician services. The reason that the full 2,080 hours weren't provided was that the patient workload was not as high as we initially anticipated.
  8. Good Morning WIFCON Community, Scenario: I have a question regarding contractual authority on a FFP commercial services contract. This contract is for physician services paid at an hourly rate. The contract states that the annual quantity is 2,080 hours. We are at the end of the base period of performance, and the government only used 1,980 hours. I now need to modify the contract and de-obligate the excess funds. What authority do I have to modify the contract and de-obligate the excess funds? My Thoughts: I have only two options for modifying the contract to de-obligate the excess funds. T
  9. Looks like Vern and Don have already answered the question in a comprehensive manner. I'll just add that as a CO, I've always listed a Q&A contact, method of question submission, a date questions are due, and a date that answers will be posted/provided. I've never had a problem with it or been challenged by our legal counsel. I suspect your counsel is being overly conservative.
  10. Currently reading: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  11. The Government has a requirement for physician services. It has been determined that GSA Schedule 621 I has small and large schedule holders capable of meeting the Government's requirement. To the meet the agency's small business goals, the Contracting Officer intends to set aside the acquisition for small business concerns. The estimated value of this acquisition is $300,000. The Contracting Officer is now being challenged on the set aside. Those opposed to the set aside have stated that physicians being provided by the GSA staffing firms (found on schedule 621 I) are 1099 independent contrac
  12. I'd be interested in seeing the Instructions to Offerors (52.212-1) in the solicitation. The solicitation language included in the excerpt from 52.212-2 appears to me to be somewhat ambiguous; is it "price" or "price and other factors?" Also, the fact that a technical proposal has to be submitted, makes me wonder how they're going to evaluate the proposal and use that in any award decision. I'd recommend that next time, you submit a question in writing to the Contract Specialist/Contracting Officer to clarify the basis for award. Good luck on the proposal, and let us know how it turns out.
  13. Well, I'll share some of my thoughts: People do move between DOD and the civilian agencies. I do not believe that one is necessarily better than the other. I've seen strong (and weak) 1102s on both sides. In my opinion, the most valued asset you can possess is broad experience. You can acquire that at both DOD and non-DOD activities. If there are any barriers to entry or re-entry (into DOD), I think that would revolve around the DAWIA requirements (i.e. some jobs require DAWIA to even apply). But I can tell you that I've interviewed for DOD jobs without a DAWIA certification and it didn't appe
  14. From what I can tell in the OP, the government ordered the items and the contractor delivered; the contractor is entitled to payment. However, since the obligation was made by an unauthorized individual and not the contracting officer, a ratification will have to be completed to authorize the payment. Now, should the government refuse payment, I could see grounds for a claim by the contractor.
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