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  1. REA'n Maker

    New, More Specific Questions About An RFQ

    I've seen potential vendors go to their counterparts in the program office with questions, thinking that doing so is synonymous with "responding to a solicitation". I ignore any question that comes in through that route, simply because I'm not convinced that the question is being posed by an individual authorized by the vendor to submit one.
  2. "Upgrades" in DoD typically refer to system capability enhancements (e.g., "Tomahawk Block IV upgrade"), which are typically done at the Department, Program Office level (Navy PEO-T, etc.) As Vern mentions, DLA typically takes over procurement responsibility from the Departments once a system/item moves to the sustainment stage of the product life cycle; oftentimes these items are common across Departments. You originally made it sound like end-of-life replacement of an obsolete item. So are you "upgrading" systems, or "replacing" items with a similar (currently available) capability?
  3. You could always include "FAR 52.217-10 Vulcan Mind Meld (Sep 1966)" . (I hereby declare this horse "dead").
  4. Nothing in your anecdotes has anything to do with the point of professional services not being readily transferable to a "backup". I've actually written these types of contracts for physicians at the VA, and they are comparable to personal services. So no, I'm not grasping.
  5. Whoever issues licenses to practice medicine. So you're saying that every position has to actually be filled by 2 people, who are certified in advance, so that in case one is out, the other can parachute in at a moment's notice?
  6. Let me know how that goes. "Substitute Doctor" isn't really a professional designation I'm familiar with. Who certifies on a moment's notice that Dr. Backup is qualified? Nothing says quality patient care like the words "Hello; you don't know me, and I've never seen you before in my life and am not familiar with your case, but you'll be putting your life in my hands until further notice".
  7. The whole concept seems like a way for a schedule-holder to act as a front for less qualified entities, with the onus on the CO to certify the arrangement. The obvious question is "why"?
  8. For SCA-covered work, sure. I was thinking of the professional services world (MOBIS, etc.), i.e., you can't just pull Engineer 2 from storage and have them bang out code without interruption when Engineer 1 is sick.
  9. You can't just write a contract that says "I own you for 40 hours a week". Employment and Labor law comes into play regardless. This is why people "love" the government so much: "do as we say; not as we do". Happens all the time - ever seen what happens when an onsite support contractor asks for a reasonable accommodation? I've seen Feds get indignant to be even asked that question....as they sit at home with their government-provided telecommuting equipment while their office sits empty, because of their tinnitus, or hangnails, or foot fungus, or other innumerable imaginary maladies..
  10. Ok; fair point. I guess my point was that, for example, if during contract performance an end-user is willing to trade schedule for increased capability, the metrics approach to performance measurement doesn't really account for that (i.e., a consideration agreement doesn't make value judgments). And 'compliance' is typically a regulatory issue of no concern to the user (does a user really care if the prime subcontracted at the levels promised in the proposal?)
  11. My favorite section of 52.219-16 is the part where the CO is required to transfer the liquidated damages extracted from the prime to the sub or subs who were harmed by the prime's non compliance....SAID NO ONE EVER!! 🤣
  12. Meeting the customer's mission is the only important outcome: ordinance on target, new software capability, replenished copier paper before the tray runs out, or any other way of stating "on time/on budget/on target". Acquisition supports the mission; it isn't the mission. "Compliance, timeliness of delivery/performance, cost/price" are secondary measures. Sort of like how a starting pitcher's ERA, which, while interesting to aficionados, doesn't necessarily determine who will score the most runs in 9 innings on any given Saturday afternoon.
  13. If it's a LOE contract, and they have been paid for their LOE, I'm not sure what the contractual issue is. If the prime is dumb enough to think that it's cheaper to pay someone else to pick up where the original subcontract left off, they get what they deserve: a missed deliverable and associated penalties. This sounds like brinkmanship, not a contractual matter.
  14. Do we actually want that? Would you want a lawyer who was productive and efficient, or one who was ponderous, sloppy....and victorious? Outcomes matter in this business more than production metrics. It seems that what is actually being discussed here is more related to happiness and morale (i.e., employee retention) rather than a scheme which would benefit a contracting organization through improved metrics. FWIW, IBM in the past year has basically ended its telework program for many of the reasons Vern cites (ad hoc collaboration, immediacy, comradery). As someone who was there for over a decade without ever actually meeting my 'supervisor', I can attest to some of the drawbacks of a 100% virtual office.
  15. REA'n Maker

    A $1,220 Coffee Mug

    They need a depot repair BOA for their coffee mugs. The money they waste on cups that are BER must be outrageous!