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About LucyQ

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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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
  5. 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. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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. P
  11. Darn you're right. We are the prime. I meant, "if we're looking for our contract".
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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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