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    Cost Analysis - Accounting for Indirect Costs

    Patrick The DCAA uses ERI. They don't just acknowledge it. It's more robust than you think, its a layered pay plan, I work as a defense contractor, in the role of a subcontracts manager. Almost all I do is sole source subcontractors. My focus is to maintain what all CPSR audits look for, and typically find - which is poor price analysis, and too many sole source procurement's. To write an effective price analysis ( the key word is "effective") I reach into the toolbox for a few of the most appropriate tools for the situation, and draft a beginning, middle end, story that persuades the reader. That's the goal, and that's the best you can do, because "effective" also means arrows can be slung at it, I know of no perfect price analysis absent the perfect bid tab with the perfect results from adequate price competition. The tools I refer to could be CALC, GSA, CPI, ERI, cost and price data, market research, and others..it just depends, I agree the general public is not privy to what GSA's pay price is on the federal schedules, i'm not trying to doubt you, doubt what you do, I'm sure you have a successful business, or debate you, I just wanted to show the poster of this thread CALC.gsa.gov was a tool to use.
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    Cost Analysis - Accounting for Indirect Costs

    My apologies, it is the ERI Salary Assessor, not ERS. She should give me a free subscription for the plug here 1.5 rate multiplier is random. No doubt about that. You need more research and data to support whatever rate multiplier used for your procurement. I'm aware GSA rates are not always reliable to stand audit, but as someone pointed out in this forum some years ago, price reasonableness concerns itself whether the price you pay is too high. Write your price analysis under that premise, and blend a comment or two about the GSA schedule if the GSA is paying a comparable price its hard to argue the price is too high, or unreasonable for prudent people to pay.
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    Cost Analysis - Accounting for Indirect Costs

    The rates are fully burdened, and provide median, high low ranges. As for this data holding up through audit, I can't say, but this is the government web site, that would tell me it should stand up. You can get free trials from others, I have with ERS. ERS is used by DCAA and DCMA so if you have $1500 you can rest assured you have a solid price analysis. 1.5 is a fairly standard rate multiplier. but 1.5 can go up or down depending on several factors such as industry, overhead, geographic, etc...
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    Cost Analysis - Accounting for Indirect Costs

    or try this on the GSA web... https://calc.gsa.gov/
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    NDAA Implementation

    I found myself reading this in pirate voice
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    Claim vs. Ratification

    Won't know until ( or if ) the attorney do research into the service providers history of leaving the switch on, or cutting the switch off. My bet is the service provider cuts the switch off on individual accounts, ( ordinary people and small business ) When that can be proven, the question will be why did the service provider allow the services to continue if they have a track record of cutting them off for other than US Government customers. The other question I have ( not sure if discussed ) is how much money are we talking about and how many end users of these phones? I thought I read invoices ran almost 2 months before someone noticed, but are we talking a couple dozen phones, couple hundred phones, or couple thousand phones? relevant question ( if not answered already ) about if this is much to do about nothing and settling this. The size and scope (in my mind) also matters in how easy it would be for end users to walk into Verizon or AT&T - keep their same phone number - and switch over to another carrier. The government would be demonstrating its distaste for the current provider and doing what they would have done if alerted their service would be cut off. Its also my strong sense, the providers T&C's were incorporated or signed up by the USG. Which means provider could legally leave the switch on if not notified ahead of time to cancel. Automatic renewals, I hate them.
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    Claim vs. Ratification

    MMP514, If contract expiration was explicitly marked, ask your legal team why it is not unjust enrichment? These service providers leave the switch on because they know government CO's ( like yourself) will have a dilemma, typically resulting in their favor. My opinion, It broke ethics and breached contract if payment is made for these services.
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    Claim vs. Ratification

    Extending a fixed-term contract If you don’t see anything about extensions in the original contract, or if the information is unclear, ask the wireless provider to explain before you sign. Extensions start automatically once your original contract expires. They will take place on a month-to-month basis. No new contract needs to be signed. The terms and conditions remain the same. If you do not want the contract extended, or do not want further extensions to happen, we recommend you cancel the original contract by giving written notice to the wireless provider 30 days before it expires. Cancelling a fixed-term contract You can cancel a fixed-term contract with a wireless provider when they do not clearly disclose information. If you do this within 1 year, you are entitled to a full refund. But you must return any free or discounted items given to you under the contract if the wireless provider asks.
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    Claim vs. Ratification

    What did the contract say about the period of performance, and cut off services? Why do you think you need to do either?
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    Defective Solicitation

    Old Guard, ji20874's advice is best advice, which is clearly outline all assumptions to your proposal. Who cares if a contractor sent out the RFP, a thorough job by a proposal manager will usually if not always have assumptions, and just because this RFP is worse than others shouldn't change your approach. The government outsourced the issuance of the RFP, and the company is outsourcing the response to RFP, your job in all this cross communication is to make it clear the "price' is based on these assumptions.
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    Order of Precedence - Subcontract

    govtacct02 Did the subcontract state their would be releases' or PO's against the agreement? I would think if the PO added additional funding to the overall subcontract value, and the money and period of performance was executed at the PO level, the latest document governs both the value and period of performance, but I can't say for certain without seeing the contract.
  12. I was on a prime contract, working for the prime, we had retired Lt. Colonels working as trainers. The ARMY and my company worked side by side, shared many duties, but of course, the ARMY was the customer. The ARMY required to standardize due to the myriad of ways our trainers chose to represent them self, for example, " retired Lt. Colonel 89th airborne, etc.." Why don't you comply with your primes request but standardize the emails with name, title, prime company name, and the word....(Contractor) in parenthesis. I would like to hear the argument your prime puts forth if they believe that to be unreasonable. This way, anyone receiving emails have an accurate, and factual representation of the sender of the email. When questions arise as to "who this contractor may be"....well, so be it.
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    non competitive

    We are a prime contractor. Sorry for the interchangeable use of words. We are a prime, issuing RFP's for subcontracts.
  14. Old Dog it's a letter contract that apparently says it will require a break down on certain cost elements, and accounting system questions, before the drafter of this agreement agrees to the fixed price.
  15. SpecialisIT I agree with H2H, that it depends, so choose an outside CPA firm with past experience developing accounting systems aligned with Federal government expectations and systems. There are many out there.