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  1. LucyQ

    Master Degrees

    I'm the only contracts person in my company. We do lots of SBIRS that lead to long engineering services contracts to implement the technology in other ways (How the company got started). We've ventured into repair and overhaul contracts (biggest one is 10 year IDIQ) and into supplying landing gear parts (hopefully another 10 year IDIQ). I want to be marketable when I leave this company, I've been here 11 years (started as an Accounting Clerk). I'm often complimented on all of those skills but you can't exactly put compliments on a resume.
  2. LucyQ

    Master Degrees

    Yeah, I'm asking around in many places but I always respect the people around here so I thought I'd ask here too. Also, American Graduate University isn't AACSB accredited.
  3. LucyQ

    Master Degrees

    No, I work for a contractor. The most they'd be willing to pay is 5k a year and that's with a promise to stay for 3 years but I know I'll be moving before then so my employer isn't an option. I suppose another question would be what type of Master degrees do people have here? Did they find them useful in their career? and would they do it again for today's prices?
  4. LucyQ

    Master Degrees

    Hello all... I have a BS in Business from Washington State and I'm thinking about masters degrees. It seems that MBA programs are geared towards people doing Finance or Consulting and a JD might teach me what I want to learn but it is too costly given that I have no intention of being an attorney. My goals are to be a better Contracts professional and I believe business law, contracts, and legal research classes would do that. I've been looking into an MS in Legal Studies like the ones available at USC, Purdue, or Pepperdine. Of course, all law school graduates laugh at these degrees but in theory it seems that a Contracts professional might be able to make use of these classes. Does anyone have any experience with these and what value they can provide? I don't want to take student loan debt for a degree that won't help me get anywhere. I am also worried that while the degree might give me useful information and make me a better professional the industry will laugh at this degree and will essentially add nothing other than personal enrichment. I can google for personal enrichment, no need to take on debt. I believe an MBA or a JD look good as I try to go forward in my career (level: Manager +) however it seems contracts is right in the middle of the of those two. ... Forgot to mention I have an Advanced Contract Management Certificate from San Diego State and a CFCM certification.
  5. LucyQ

    IDIQ Decision

    No, we didn't agree on price. Perhaps they knew it might take some time to finish negotiations and wanted to secure something else. I just wanted to know a reason for a chance at rebuttal. Thanks!
  6. LucyQ

    IDIQ Decision

    Touchè lol
  7. LucyQ

    IDIQ Decision

    We have an IDIQ with a set of NSNs. They wanted to add more NSNs and they had us submit a quote. After negotiation they said the price was too high and will not award. Is there anything we can do about it? I'm assuming they found the price to not be fair and reasonable but can we ask the exact decision why they won't award. If we don't agree with that decision, is there any way we can protest somewhere? This is under 10M and I guess it would have been a scope change because they would have added NSNs to the contract where they could then issue DO's under.
  8. This was a very fun read, thank you for that. How did you know about this? Is it using the search option or did you remember having read it? I ask because I'd like to add more tools to my tool belt and reading these as soon as they come out might give me an extra reference for later. If you searched for it, what were your search terms? If you remembered it, kudos and thank you again.
  9. Yes, I feel this is the correct way to handle things but it's not my call to change our approach on proposals. I suppose I was hoping for a far off argument somewhere.
  10. This has happened to us before - that is our only evidence. They have an IDIQ contract saying it will include many requirements and they only ever plan to contract out a few of those requirements. Yes, I know they're allowed to have a ceiling but by adding scope that will never come and knowing that price is a portion of the factor, this will make (at least my Boss) have to lower her price to offer a price discount based on all this work that won't come.
  11. My Boss recently came to me to research a topic that she has found when we're putting in several solicitations. The question is whether the scope of a RFP simply include the Government's requirement" (FAR 15.203 (a) (1)) or if it must be exactly for the government requirement. Proposal A REQUIREMENTS: 1,2,3,4 Proposal A became Contract A and was awarded for Requirements 1-4. We were part of a losing team on that proposal. A big part of that proposal was Requirement 4 which highly impacted price and promised to be the entirety of Aircraft X's widgets. Proposal B (Authority 15.101-1) REQUIREMENTS: 4,5,6,7 A new proposal comes out with a scope including the highly advertised scope requirements which we know for a fact is in Contract A. Now, this has happened to us before, the government overestimates their scope and the price that we give them as to include discounts for this huge requirement that they could have but we know for a fact will never actually be given under this contract because they already have another vehicle. We brought this up to the CO and their response was, " [Requirement 4] has been identified so that offerors understand that there is a difference in the requirement associated with these parts. For these items, requirements for procurement on [Contract B] will come from one of two avenues, 1) [Contract A]'s contractor will have the option to purchase these items through [Contract B] at their discretion, and 2) the Govt needs to maintain the ability to procure additional assets to support pipeline shortages as well as support FMS / OS requirements that cannot be fulfilled on [Contract A]." Again, my question is, how is this fair? We know that they won't actually be buying these parts off of this contract however they are including this scope requirement which will inherently lower price. I don't see this being strictly prohibited in the FAR so I suppose it's discretionary but FAR 1.102 (b) (3) requires that the system be fair - How is creating fake competition fair? Anyone's thoughts on either scope or "fairness" would be appreciated. Thank you!
  12. Darn you're right. We are the prime. I meant, "if we're looking for our contract".
  13. It's possible, but I promise not on purpose. The passage I quoted is within an IDIQ contract in Section H. The authority of them to put it there is something I guessed at but feel free to correct me.
  14. We are the prime. We are looking to finance our military depot which is our subcontractor due to a Partnership Agreement. Unfortunately, our subcontractor is technically government so we have to pay everything upfront because of federal law. Still, our CO doesn't want to allow costs for work that hasn't been completed and which the ACO can't issue a CAR to. Which puts a this small business in a very difficult position.
  15. As a slight defense - There is a law that requires that we 100% pre-pay military depots for their work. We received a small business set aside, FAR based contract, which would require us to to use a USC Title 10 agreement with the military depot. The initial costs could end up being a significant portion of our annual revenue AND the CO still doesn't want to allow costs that we only have to pay because of a federal law. One must get creative.
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