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  1. Based on the information in the post, it is not an inadequate proposal. The government may request to see the vendors quote, but don't have to if they believe it is fair and reasonable. If the materials/subcontracts in the prime proposal exceeded the TINA, they may rely on the past performance with this sole source prime? A FFP sole source solicitation awarded on Best Value Continuum with no evaluation criterion
  2. I have worked on DoS and DoD contracts that had clauses for code of employee behavior, heavy handed personal liabilities clauses, contractor termination clauses, and more, I know its possible it could be a "'contracting matter" if the government included same or similar clauses.
  3. This clause shall become operative only for any modification to this contract involving a pricing adjustment expected to exceed the threshold for submission of certified cost or pricing data at FAR15.403-4, except that this clause does not apply to any modification if an exception under FAR15.403-1 applies. We take exception to certified pricing data based on the award being a result of a competitive basis... so maybe I am running down a worm hole! CeWheaton, you're MOD stand alone amount, if exceeds the threshold for certifying costs, and if non-competitive, will require a Certificate of certified cost and pricing from your subcontractor
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. What did the contract say about the period of performance, and cut off services? Why do you think you need to do either?
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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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