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Matthew Fleharty

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  1. Even if they do what you want, none of that information is a binding promise so it basically amounts to a sales pitch. I don’t think either of us is going to convince the other of our respective positions - basically, you just want the contractor to tell you things that will make you feel good about your decision which I think is distinctly different than getting information that will help you make a better decision.
  2. Why even evaluate approach as a separate factor when you can get the same information more accurately through a past performance and experience evaluation?
  3. I’m with Don on this one - evaluating an approach or plan (particularly since most of them are not promises) is not only wasted time and effort, it actually introduces noise to the decision making process.
  4. Finally registered and posted.

  5. What is the source for your definition of "stand-alone contract"?
  6. A former member of this forum was kind enough to give me some sage advice once: when the answer isn’t clear cut, interpret the regulation in a manner that gives you the most latitude/power.
  7. Have you considered that the word "or" is disjunctive so that the "through another government agency" qualifier does not apply to the "from a specific source" language?
  8. FAR 5.202(a)(4) reads "from a specific source" which means it only applies to sole source actions, not competitive ones - they don't have to follow the same rules/procedures. I agree w/ Confused1102 and Don and have nothing new to add to either of their explanations.
  9. @Retreadfed Your posts are confusing this issue - I think you're either missing or ignoring the information provided by the OP and the piecemeal posting plus the pseudo hypothetical debate you're having with joel is not providing coherent information or advice for the OP. Emphasis added above - how did you arrive at this conclusion? The contractor listed the incorrect bond percentage of 4%...why are you considering that "accurate" cost or pricing data? I think you need to reread the OP's clarifying post:
  10. Well no wonder everyone is talking past one another on this thread...
  11. What are you trying to say here? Clearly the contractor's cost or pricing data was not accurate as they erroneously used 4% instead of 0.4% for the bond percentage.
  12. Why do you find (1) and (2) questionable? If I understand the scenario: On (1), the bond percentage did impact the proposed/negotiated price so it is cost or pricing data...aka a fact that one would reasonably expect to affect price negotiations significantly (the bond percentage is factual and verifiable which is how the contractor discovered it as a mistake). The OP stated that the contractor provided a certificate of current cost or pricing data. On (2) the correct bond percentage was available to the contractor before the agreement on price (they used 4% instead of 0.4% because of a typo). Did I miss something? Read 15.502 "Applicability" - while the subpart technically applies to competitive proposals it goes on to read "the procedures in...15.508...with reasonable modification, should be followed for sole source acquisitions..." (Note: this is a crucial habit to learn - ALWAYS read the Scope, Applicability and Definitions [SAD] of any FAR Part/Subpart first). I think the question at hand is, what do you think the right way to approach this situation is? If the contractor was forthcoming with identifying the mistake and earnestly wants to rectify it, I don't know of a rule or regulation that prohibits you from doing so; however, if the contractor identified is not cooperating, I think you could make an argument for defective pricing to either encourage them to cooperate or else... I would opt for the former vs either of the latter...a defective pricing battle is no way to start a contractual relationship (but if it is necessary, the Contracting Officer has an obligation to recoup the excess amount).
  13. Odds are @NenaLenz is (or advises/represents) the supplier of the prosthetic that physician put on the prescription, but didn't receive the purchase order.
  14. Because the form asks for one and due to poor workforce education programs, some reviewer is going to mark up the organization during an inspection for not citing an authority or citing the wrong authority (in his/her opinion). That may seem silly, but it's the reality in many organizations which is why someone started this thread in the first place - they don't want to make a mistake.
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