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  1. This BPA is for internal use and not Government wide use. Thanks
  2. Yes the award is well over the 112m threshold for single award. Can you elaborate further on the price reductions? Discount are always to be requested at the order level is my reading of part 8
  3. Hi Vern, Thanks for the thoughtful response. The dollar value is the main reason for the Multiple award approach in addition to the preference for multiple award bpa over single award. We are looking at a commercial commodity with large volumes. Therefore, the BPA will have a tiered pricing structure. At the order level depending on the quantities the vendors will compete and we anticipate they will have different prices at each tier. The lowest overall cost objective will be based on historical estimates * quantity for each tier to determine the first and second lowest price. Thoughts?
  4. Hi All: I am looking to award a Multiple award BPA against the schedules. We have determined that there will be no tradeoff and that best value is expected to result from the selection of the technically acceptable proposal with the lowest evaluated price. We are anticipating an award to at least two vendors. I heard that one cannot use LPTA for multiple award BPAs because there is more than one awardees and therefore you are not awarding to the lowest. My thoughts are that we can award to the two lowest using LPTA. I have been looking and didnt see anything in FAR Part 8 prohibiting LPTA for multiple award BPA. Thoughts?
  5. Thank you for you feedback. My question is really more about under which circumstances would you have those phases 1-3 under one solicitation versus separate like you have it above.
  6. "Phased" suggests that you will progress from some beginning to some ending. Is that what you will be doing? Yes phase 1 is system development each phase builds on the previous. Like Phase 2 is an advanced version of the system that was built in phase 1. Therefore each phase is cumulative the requirements for the subsequent phases are not fully defined because it is depended on the first phase. Just the scope. Are you buying a service, such as R&D, or system development? If system development, will the acquisition involve production and delivery of prototypes, testing, and a production model? System development and yes. Will the phasing be competitive, as in a "down-select"? (Do you know what that is?) Will you have, say, three contractors in the first phase, two in the second, and take only one to the finish? Not sure yet, but that makes sense. Will the phases be contiguous with fiscal years or will they cross-fiscal years? Whenever we can get it awarded. In what situations would it be contiguous with fiscal years? How will the procurement be funded? Fully or incrementally? We are looking at firm fixed price contract, however in the out years not sure. Do you envision using the same contract type in each phase or progressive risk reduction? I don't know. We are considering whether it would make sense to do it as one procurement or 2. I think if it is one, it will likely be a hybrid. Are you talking about one procurement that will have three phases, and the end result will be one contract? That's what I am trying to determine. Or are you talking about a series of procurements, with one or more contracts for each phase? That's what I am trying to determine. Are you willing to share what you are buying? Its a system development.
  7. Are you talking about one procurement that will have three phases, and the end result will be one contract? That's what I am trying to determine. Or are you talking about a series of procurements, with one or more contracts for each phase? That's what I am trying to determine. Are you willing to share what you are buying? Its a system development.
  8. "Phased" suggests that you will progress from some beginning to some ending. Is that what you will be doing? Yes phase 1 is system development each phase builds on the previous. Like Phase 2 is an advanced version of the system that was built in phase 1. Therefore each phase is cumulative the requirements for the subsequent phases are not fully defined because it is depended on the first phase. Just the scope. Are you buying a service, such as R&D, or system development? If system development, will the acquisition involve production and delivery of prototypes, testing, and a production model? System development and yes. Will the phasing be competitive, as in a "down-select"? (Do you know what that is?) Will you have, say, three contractors in the first phase, two in the second, and take only one to the finish? Not sure yet, but that makes sense. Will the phases be contiguous with fiscal years or will they cross-fiscal years? Whenever we can get it awarded. In what situations would it be contiguous with fiscal years? How will the procurement be funded? Fully or incrementally? We are looking at firm fixed price contract, however in the out years not sure. Do you envision using the same contract type in each phase or progressive risk reduction? I don't know. We are considering whether it would make sense to do it as one procurement or 2. I think if it is one, it will likely be a hybrid. Are you talking about one procurement that will have three phases, and the end result will be one contract? That's what I am trying to determine. Or are you talking about a series of procurements, with one or more contracts for each phase? That's what I am trying to determine. Are you willing to share what you are buying? Its a system development.
  9. Hello All! Thanks for taking the time to read and respond. I am working on a procurement that has 3 phases. The first phase is very clear and detailed. The remaining two phases are not as clear cut and will depend on what will transpire in the first phase. How would you go about structuring a procurement like this? I am considering two or three procurements to cover each phase, options, and T&M CLNs. Additionally, we are still doing market research, so I am not looking for RFI questions or questions on bid/no bid decision from industry. I am looking for your thoughts and experience on this and how you would approach this or any advice out there. Thank you So much
  10. The agency does not dictate the approach that is to be used, there is room for innovation for our procurements to utilize streamlined strategies.
  11. Hello All! I am wondering if anybody has experience implementing the PIL (procurement innovation lab) streamlined procedures for technical evaluations. I am interested in your best practices lessons learned for implementing confidence ratings for technical factor, where technical is significantly more important than price. What was your approach for documenting the consensus report and confidence levels. With regard to evaluation under the mission suitability and technical/management factors, the solicitation stated that the agency “will consider the Offeror’s approach and the risks associated with the approaches proposed,” and make “confidence assessments” regarding the offeror’s understanding of the requirements and the likelihood of successful contract performance, assigning ratings under each factor of: high confidence, some confidence, or low confidence.
  12. I understand that 15.204 discusses the required contents of the contract award for the UCF format. Would anybody know if there is a similar FAR reference for solicitations that are not in the UCF format? Thank You
  13. I came across some agency guidance and it identified a clause in an IDIQ that did not "flow down" to the order level. So @Vern Edwards you are probably right. Will need to read through everything just to verify some things on this.
  14. Would anybody happen to recall or know, how to determine which clauses in a MAS contract flow down to the order level? Thank You!
  15. Good Day All: I am doing some information gathering. I am interested to know what the contracting officers/specialists here use to determine whether a vendor has adequate financial resources to perform a contract. I know some CO/CS will look at things like current ratio, etc. Thank you in advance
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