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    Hey Boss, You Don’t Want Your Employees to Meditate

    I’d want both - I don’t understand how or why motivation and discipline are mutually exclusive.
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    Probability Problem #1

    This is exactly why I showed the long form explanation...see above.
  3. I'm sure you do Why do you assume Vern is riled up? I didn't see any ALL CAPS, insults, emojis, or exclamatory punctuation in any of his posts. Though maybe he used too many periods by properly punctuating his sentences: https://newrepublic.com/article/115726/period-our-simplest-punctuation-mark-has-become-sign-anger
  4. I thought that if subcontractors do not perform the warranty work (or work generally), prime contractors have some sort of recourse to hold the subcontractor(s) accountable... Why wouldn’t it just be a case of “accountability” rolling downhill? I’m not persuaded either.
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    Negotiation Skills and Tactics

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  6. I came across the following article in FCW and I’m absolutely baffled. For starters, I don’t understand how utilizing AI will make the contracting process innovative or faster. In regards to innovation, presumably an AI system can only return results based on the data it already has in its database which, by its very nature, is empirical - so how will that create new processes, techniques, or best practices? In regards to speed, AI assistance for making Contracting Officer decisions isn’t going to make a dent in acquisition process timelines unless those AI outputs aren’t subject to the clearance and review processes (aka if leadership wants COs to cede their authority and ability to make decisions to AI they should be equally willing to do the same). From what I’ve seen, there is a growing myopic obsession with data and speed - I’d prefer that instead of undertaking a “major effort” to enable an AI system, we instead undertake a “major effort” to enable the acquisition workforce with the right education and materials. One can hope... Maybe my concerns are overblown, but I’ve seen hints of the damage that an automated system can have on workforce competency (e.g. “clause logic” systems).
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    Eliminate FAR 52.217-9?

    I’m not a contractor and I agree with @here_2_help‘s remarks on the value of advance notice. I don’t think advance notices merely constitute another administrative to-do: such notices have real value for contractors (and their employees) so they can plan for either continued performance or new work.
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    G&A not allowed on Travel

    Here's a hypothesis: the Government may assume that travel costs for contractors should be no different than travel costs for the Government. Since Government employees don't typically see the G&A behind their personal travel costs (they merely see the direct travel costs: airfare, rental car, hotel, per diem, etc.) the use of that as a baseline would result in the disconnect discussed here when trying to determine what travel costs the Government should or should not reimburse.
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    Bridge Contracts

    I think Don and Vern answered the mail just fine on this one...
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    Successive Bid Protests

    Here's a defense related example from today's news (emphasis added below):
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    Bridge Contracts

    See FAR 6.301(c)(1): “Contracting without providing for full and open competition shall not be justified on the basis of (1) A lack of advance planning by the requiring activity...”
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    Successive Bid Protests

    No, just as agencies can take corrective action, protesters may withdraw their protest(s).
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    Fee on Negotiated Changes

    @PepeTheFrog This: "There are other, effective ways to negotiate beyond relying on or using deception." & This: "...deception is a fundamental part of negotiation." are mutually exclusive statements. If you can explain how they are not mutually exclusive, please do so, but "sloppy, sloppy, sloppy" is not an argument.
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    Fee on Negotiated Changes

    Yes it does. See definition of "fundamental" If one does not need to use or rely on deception to be an effective negotiator (which you just agreed was "true"), it follows that deception is not essential and therefore, not a "fundamental part of negotiation."
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    Fee on Negotiated Changes

    No it’s literally not - stop drawing false equivalences, it’s bad form. “Putting aside getting caught...”?!?!?! Who is living in their own world now Pepe?! You cannot just wish away a strong argument against your position because it’s convenient for your point. You’ve ignored the fact that (a) inevitably deceptive practices will be caught if repeated over time and, further (b) trained and prepared negotators know how to identify deception. There are other, effective ways to negotiate beyond relying on or using deception - period.
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    Fee on Negotiated Changes

    @PepeTheFrog I don't recall anyone here saying that deception doesn't happen, but there are plenty saying it shouldn't.
  17. Representative Thornberry has introduced a discussion draft of his proposed FY19 acquisition reform efforts. In it he proposes to separate the definition of "commercial item" into "commercial product" and "commercial service." The following is the proposed definition of "commercial product" (emphasis added below): I'm curious to hear others' interpretations of the meaning of paragraph 4 (in bold above). Thanks in advance to anyone willing to share her/his thoughts.
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    Commercial Product Definition

    Section 847 of the 2018 NDAA already included a “to multiple foreign governments” criterion for commercial items.
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    Commercial Product Definition

    In addition to C-130Js, I think satellites might fit the definition. I know some defense contractors use the same satellite bus (and facilities and presumably workforce...though they only need one of the three under the (4) definition) for commercial satellites and DoD satellites - the only difference between the two satellites/“products” are the specifications.
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    Commercial Product Definition

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts @Retreadfed I’m going to save my pointed questions until others have had a chance to chime in to avoid leading anyone.
  21. Sounds good to me, though maybe we shouldn’t call it CICA if we’re starting from scratch - let’s call it “Contractor Selection” or something to that effect. Two additional topic areas could be: (1) Ethics & (2) Public Policy (after all this is the federal contracting process).
  22. I like the “from scratch” idea, if only because those who choose to discuss the topic can focus on principles, policies, and procedures of a new contracting process and the merits of such ideas rather than the “well X idea still conflicts with Y regulation/statute” conversations. As for where to start, the beginning of course: “Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” - Lewis Carroll -
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    Evaluation Factors

    I'm reading Steven Kelman's (former OFPP Administrator) book "Unleashing Change" about his procurement reforms in the mid 1990s and this comment reminded me of some of his remarks in the second chapter (emphasis added):
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    Fee on Negotiated Changes

    Emphasis added - that's an assumption, not a fact of the OP's scenario.
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    Evaluation Factors

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