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  1. So two or more distributors are competing for your business...
  2. NAICS and Scope

    Basically yes, my initial thought was that you are changing the rules at a point where the rules are set.
  3. NAICS and Scope

    From SMALLGOVCON: http://smallgovcon.com/naics-code-appeals/naics-codes-task-orders-underlying-contract-controls/
  4. NAICS and Scope

    Yeah, based off of an analysis of small businesses (or lack thereof) under NAICS 123456.
  5. NAICS and Scope

    Question to your question @FrankJon , can you change the order NAICS in your contract writing system?
  6. NAICS and Scope

    Hmmm... does it have to do with the small business size standard used in the initial competition?
  7. Interview Guidance

    Good stuff, thanks @Vern Edwards !
  8. Interview Guidance

    @Vern Edwards Where did you get question #10 from? I assume what you chose says something about your personality? I'd pick construction project manager for sure... steel toe boots and 711 taquitos all day!
  9. Interview Guidance

    @Vern Edwards touche Mr. Edwards, I crush people who misuse terminology, as precision is key in contracting. How about, "walk me through the process from requirement definition to award decision..." To my side note above, the question was "walk me through a source selection" and I did answer with the FAR Part 15 process. A side note to my side note, I just had a slight panic attack thinking about sitting down for an interview and seeing Mr. Edwards sitting across the table...
  10. Interview Guidance

    @Jamaal Valentine Yep, it's up to you on how you choose to answer. That's the beauty of the question, it's wide open. Like a case interview for consulting, it allows the interviewer to assess your thought process. I will evaluate what you say and how you say it, as well as what you do not talk about. Side note: I actually had this question asked in an interview. It was for a USAID/OPIC/Millennium Challenge Corporation type of agency with a very small contracting shop, where I was applying for the lead role. My interview panel was populated by 1 person from the program office, 1 person from finance, and 2 people from legal. Seeing as how their knowledge of the contracting process was limited (they confirmed this assumption during our pre-interview small talk) I kept my answer pretty high level. I also did extensive research on the agency and had a good idea of what they procured and how, thus tailored my answer to incorporate that information. No need to nerd out on the design-bid-build process if the contracting shop buys everything off of Schedule 70.
  11. Interview Guidance

    "Walk me through a source selection..."
  12. Are Payment Logs Required?

    if your boss asks you to do it, just do it... who cares if it's in the FAR or not
  13. Park the money

    I would respond by sending two emails... Email #1: "Will do." (make sure to add a read receipt) Then, once read... Email #2: "SIKE!"
  14. No-Cost Settlement and Unsatisfactory CPARS?

    @PepeTheFrog @joel hoffman
  15. No-Cost Settlement and Unsatisfactory CPARS?

    If the contract is with the SBA, why can't the CO just have the SBA switch out performers and carry on with the work... Isn't that a thing? People always told me it was (LOL), but I never experienced it myself to be sure. Just thinking out loud here as I eat some tacos. But yeah, you need a good attorney. God speed.
  16. What's the biggest DOD contract?

    Wow, I didn't see that coming! But as a former user of SeaPort-e, it makes total sense. I was discussing with a colleague the value of the data that SeaPort captures, if the government was ever able to aggregate it properly.
  17. Option Exercise Likelihood

    This. If the customer still needs the services, and there hasn't been a solicitation on the street for what you do, for the office you do it for, your option is probably going to get exercised. I'd say 99%...
  18. I assume "CO" is an abbreviation for Colorado...
  19. Multiple Solicitations

    Ahhh this reminds me of a Tale of Two Markets, one of my favorite articles!! http://www.wifcon.com/analysis.htm >> Market Research -- A Tale of Two Markets, by Christopher E. Harris, CFCM, CPCM It should answer your questions, or at least give you a better understanding of what you are working with.
  20. Read this. Read it NOW!

    This is my favorite one! I had this come up not long ago on a project I was advising on.
  21. Read this. Read it NOW!

    FLASH... more like FLICKER, am I right @PepeTheFrog ?!
  22. Read this. Read it NOW!

    @joel hoffman Mr. Edwards put it better than I can, it's a mind set for folks to engage in "coping with new challenges and solving tough problems through smart thinking and methods." @Vern Edwards Chapter 4, The NASA Acquisition Process: Contracting for Research and Development was a very good read! Having worked in an R&D contracting environment, I found the information fascinating; R&D, like construction and other niche contracting areas, has some very unique challenges that make learning about past theories/processes entertaining for us contracting nerds!
  23. paystubs

    Yes
  24. Read this. Read it NOW!

    @ji20874 MAKE CONTRACTING GREAT AGAIN!!
  25. Read this. Read it NOW!

    David Eaves gets it! The jury is still out on Kelman. #MCGA
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