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  1. Pure speculation: It could be a "Requirements" contract a la FA16.503 where the consideration is the promise that the Gov't will fulfill all requirement through Sig Sauer. I did not see a "Contract Type" clause at the link Bob Antonio provided, so I'm curious how one would tell for sure. I am unfamiliar with DOD solicitations, though, so this might be more of a "beginner" type question. I may have just scrolled past an missed it.
  2. Absolute agreement! Proposals cannot be evaluated in that way.
  3. Very useful to explain how this is different from the Qualifications-based engineering style procurements. Prices come in with the proposals, they are actual offers. Appreciate that distinction very much . . .
  4. There appears to be a tradition in supply chain world of evaluating firms in this fashion: http://www.referenceforbusiness.com/management/Tr-Z/Vendor-Rating.html It's not what Lwall describes but his question made me think of it. It's not feasible in out legal environment, but interesting to see how the other half lives . . .
  5. Isn't it better to just say "at least two responsive and viable competing bids"? ('m ignoring "viable" and "bids" for the moment) Why say "or more"? "At least two" is "two or more" right? Sounds redundant . . . If you put the sentence together in one place it looks like this: Does the green section apply to each element in the red? Or just subcontracts? How about the purple? If the purple reaches back and affects all the elements in the red section that certainly helps. I hate this sentence. They obviously want the green to apply to each element in the red, b
  6. Hi, REA'n Maker, I'm admittedly a little naïve, but I think that spending in an egalitarian and non-prejudicial manner results in lower prices. Not for every single transaction, but overall. However, the "spread the wealth" virus has spread far and wide- I think it is the opposite of egalitarian and non-prejudicial. It is explicitly prejudicial and anti-incumbent. At least the strain which infects my environment. That phrase just makes my teeth grind.
  7. Seems foolish to argue against prof. Schooner, but (hypothetically) is it legal to include this clause in a contract? If the clause means what Prof. Schooner says, is it enforceable? Could that rapidly become bribing someone to not run for office? Feels like a bigger problem for GSA than Trump, and I hope they can resolve it *prior* to the swearing-in ceremony, when they are still two different parties!
  8. Wow! I'm subject to the Texas Public Information Act at the moment and we may as well put the Contract File in the parking lot after the contract is awarded.
  9. No, I don't think the $600 hammer controversy fixed anything either, but it was before my time. Apologies for wandering: Can prices paid really be redacted from a FOIA request?
  10. Made a few notes by heading below. Overall it couldn't overcome my pessimistic nature, despite how much I like him. Others will find the gems, apparently I can only throw mud: 1. Develop More Information about Contract Performance A lot of discussion about disclosing prices here, seems like a mismatch with the heading. Pricing transparency is pretty far down the list in terms of both cost and benefit. The discussion about actual contract performance amounts to publicizing things the Government should already be tracking. 2. Pivot to Post-Award CORs should be better! Wh
  11. It is here. There is a brief discussion of chicken parts.
  12. The comment section from that article makes me appreciate *this* comment section all the more . . .
  13. "Irrevocable" seems more descriptive, and does not have the passing resemblance to "firm fixed price" which could confuse a reader. A quick internet search finds a number of school nutrition program solicitations requesting "firm offers" which are "cost reimbursable". I don't think this is improper either, but those solicitations would be a little clearer if they use "irrevocable".
  14. I'm not so sure it is ambiguous on its own (though I do not follow Prezmill's point very well). However, if other instructions in the solicitation conflict, cannot be read together as a whole, and cannot be resolved through order of precedence, then yes. Ambiguous. Hopefully not missing any steps in there. I would guess it is a patent conflict in that circumstance, but no way to tell in this context-free alternate universe. We may be able to invent circumstances either way.
  15. OK- Here are the results: PANTHEON OF GLORY Vern Edwards PepetheFrog Baierle Jason Lent Navy_Contracting_4 Todd Davis Parthenon of Esteem Prezmil2020- revised the sentence to fix the problem, but dissents from my diagnosis. Vern provided a great explanation of the problem via PM, which I assume he won't mind me reproducing here: Jason Lent observed that this error could lead to a disastrous interpretation (emphasis added): Prezmil2020 dissented somewhat with the diagnosis, but rewrote the sente
  16. I read it as an assertion that procurement rules were responsible for the Civil Rights Movement, various worker protections, dramatically reducing the transaction costs of small businesses selling goods/services to the Government, and a cry for help. If that is the case, my response is "false", "false", "does the opposite", and "I'm here for you brother" respectively.
  17. Hi, Don, Just to clarify, were you referring to the President or the figurative devil?
  18. Here is another contest! Please send a personal message to me to tell me what is wrong with this sentence (you may also rewrite it if you wish): Note: The intent of the author is to instruct a Contractor to review a set of car engines and discern which have a red tags. Then remove only the engines with red tags and rebuild them. Please do not reply directly to the post. I'll post the results of who made it into the Pantheon of Glory tomorrow! There will be no Hall of Eternal Shame this time. Hint: The answer is grammatical.
  19. If the problem is internal, I think the effort should be spent internally, not on extra solicitation provisions which place a burden on you, not the evaluators. Can you contest the technical evaluation during source selection if your CO suspects there is bad faith on that side of the fence?
  20. How does one check the references of an anonymous proposal? I'm skeptical of this approach- seems like it is not worth the heartache. Sascha, what problem is the CO trying to solve? Trying to defuse accusations of favoritism towards a particular firm? Some problems may not be solvable . . .
  21. Vern or anyone else: Has is been your experience that agencies acquire a reputation in this area? I have only worked for two employers in this field: One federal agency which seemed biased to the more highly rated and more expensive proposal (at the margin) and a local transit authority which is biased to the lower priced proposal (at the margin). I think many of our proposers had us figured out and acted accordingly. Underlying question: Can proposers be trained to not to do this via positive reinforcement (awarding to higher rated higher priced proposals)? Follow-up quest
  22. This sounds like you are worried about the trade-off process, but could you require the instructor be key personnel and heavily consider key personnels' qualifications? Are there objective measures (certifications, confirmed enemy kills, amount of taxidermy in residence) which correspond with a good shooting instructor?
  23. FAR 1.602-3(d) states non-ratifiable procurements could be resolved by the GAO, and is therefore very scary to the wayward PM since his chain of command cannot help him. Should all unauthorized commitments (ratifiable or not) be referred be referred to the agency OIG? I don't expect the OIG to retroactively approve the commitment, of course, but . . . we were talking punishment, too . . .
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