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  1. Fixed Price Level of Effort

    I attended a dinner a couple of years ago with some retired DOD senior contracting officials and program managers who had gone to work for big contractors. They told me that it's hard to do business with some of today's contracting officers, because they don't know enough and are not confident in the answers they give and in their responses to proposals. As one put it, "It's hard to do business with people who don't know much." That, of course, was anecdotal and unscientific information.
  2. Ummm, not everyone agreed with that. First, that applies only to publicly owned businesses. Second, there has always been an ethic of corporate responsibility, more or less. But the market is the market, and in order to survive you have to lead it or go where it leads. It no longer leads to career employment followed by a good pension. Everyone is so on their own. What I told our kids was to start a business and be your own boss. Don't work in a cube. They took that advice. They work very hard. They're not rich, at least not yet. They want things they can't afford, at least not yet. But they're happy. They've got four devoted grandparent childcare specialists, three great-grandparents, five dogs, two sheep, and a number of chickens. A couple of weekends ago we drove up the road and saw a group of trees by the river in which we counted 48 bald eagles. Is America a great country, or what? If I could teach a high school class it would be "How to start and maintain your own business."
  3. Signing Contractor Employees' Timecards

    Oh. My. God. Tell the COR, in writing, to stop signing the timecards. Immediately..Send a copy of that direction to the COR's boss. Notify the contractor, in writing, that government personnel will no longer sign its employees' timecards.
  4. Signing Contractor Employees' Timecards

    Why is the COR signing? Does the contract require that the COR sign time cards? What is the label of the box or at the space in which the COR signs? What is the COR's signature supposed to signify?
  5. How competitive are 1102 jobs?

    Part of the reason for that is the very high cost of living in the DC area and consequential grade inflation. A lot of those 14 jobs used to be 12 jobs.
  6. Or is it characteristic of all people who work in today's employment market? Anecdotally, I have an uncle now in his 80s who was hired by Rockwell as an electrical engineer right after his college graduation, and he stayed with that corporation until retirement 30 years later. During most of that time he worked on the Space Shuttle program. That kind of employment record simply is not going to happen very often if at all in today's global economy. Whose fault is that?
  7. Issues with PALT (Procurement Administrative Lead Time, aka Procurement Action Lead Time) are not new. The following is from the executive summary of a March 1977 report by the US Army Procurement Research Office: http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a038732.pdf The concern of many about the new focus on PALT (see Opportunity for Public Comment on Proposed Definition of “Procurement Administrative Lead Time” or “PALT” and the Plan for Measuring and Publicly Reporting Data on PALT for Department of Defense Contracts and Task Orders Above the Simplified Acquisition Threshold," A Notice by the Defense Acquisition Regulations System on 02/09/2018) is that it would define PALT as follows: That would measure source selection lead time---the time between issuance of the RFP and contract award. That is not the traditional definition of PALT as defined in the above cited study based on the 1977 Army Regulation 310-25: "Initiation of a procurement action" was defined as: The current DAU Glossary of Defense Acquisition Acronyms and Terms, under Procurement Lead Time, says: Contracting people don't like the new proposed definition of PALT, because much of what happens between issuance of an RFP and contract award is not within their control, and they don't want their work to be judged on that basis. Several related concerns are reflected in recent legislation: (1) concern about how long it takes to get on contract (seemingly forever), (2) concern about sole-source bridge contracts and poor planning, and (3) concern about the impact of the protest system on the acquisition process.
  8. Also, see the NDAA for FY2018, Sec. 851, para. (e). Congress is sick of bridge contracts.
  9. Fixed Price Level of Effort

    @joel hoffman I don't know who Corduroy Frog is, but based on the phrase "my client's proposal" it appears that he is not with the company that is submitting a proposal, but that he is somebody hired by that company to help with proposal preparation. If so, that might explain why he or she hasn't called the CO.
  10. See SOLE SOURCE CONTRACTING: Defining and Tracking Bridge Contracts Would Help Agencies Manage Their Use, GAO Report 16-15, dated October 2015, which was requested by Senators R. Johnson and T. Carper and sent to Senator C. McCaskill. https://www.gao.gov/assets/680/673110.pdf Sen. Johnson co-sponsored the bill.
  11. How competitive are 1102 jobs?

    Boof: A person who was an American Foreign Service Officer is a cut above almost everyone else. As you know, it is very, very hard to get accepted into the U.S. Foreign Service. I don't think your experience is going to be representative of what most other persons can expect.
  12. Fee Realignment

    We must see the contract, or you must quote the exact language of the CLINs, in order for anyone to answer your question. Until you quote the exact language of the CLINs, all you're likely to get from anyone here are more questions.
  13. What Does "Enactment" Mean?

    Then I don't know what it's a matter of, and I could not care less.
  14. What Does "Enactment" Mean?

    State laws, Dude. And that's coming from newspapers, which aren't known for legal niceties. Look, I responded to your question. Believe me or don't.
  15. What Does "Enactment" Mean?

    Regulation is not "enacted" in the U.S. It is promulgated. See Black's Law Dictionary 10th.