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  1. Problem of the Day

    One reason for contracting officers to follow the FAR (rather than interpret statutes and their relationship to the FAR) is to avoid discussions like this. Contracting officers can barely interpret (read) and follow the FAR. Sadly, it's almost laughable to expect them to competently interpret (read) statutes and harmonize them with regulations. The fact that you are using SAP is less important than the fact that the scenario involves a dollar figure below the SAT. PepeTheFrog says don't ask for certified cost and pricing data. Don Mansfield, PepeTheFrog thinks that rather than challenging seemingly conflicting acquisition statutes and regulations, you are inching towards challenging the grotesque and frightening rise of the Administrative State and the unconstitutional power of the Executive Branch agencies, which exhibit legislative, executive, and judicial authority. PepeTheFrog is more interested in that discussion. Why should Executive Branch agencies have their own fake "courts" and be able to write regulations? Even if you think having an agency for Education or Environment or Health or Agriculture is a good idea, why have only one agency at the nationwide level? Why not have decentralized test cases in different states? It's almost like the Founding Fathers had these ideas about decentralization, states' rights, negative rights, individual liberty, and real-life experimentation of systems of government via federalism and it all got flushed down the toilet over the years...
  2. Real Contracting Pros

    The federal employee workforce has turned into a work-for-welfare program, instead of a respectable civil service. Bring back the federal civil service exam and find a way to make federal employees at will employees (make it easy to fire them). Magically, intelligence and competency will increase.
  3. Bid Protests: GAO or the Courts

    if we go the route of eliminate GAO and instead use COFC: eliminate the GAO raise the dollar thresholds to eliminate COFC jurisdiction for smaller contracts hire some of the best GAO bid protest attorneys and convert them to judges at the COFC let the other COFC judges focus on intellectual property and other issues, let the judges specialize impose a timeline for bid protests at the COFC (basically, take the speed and expertise of the GAO and move it to COFC)
  4. How can we speed up the source selection process?

    put in the "extra work" to fire or demote the stupid, lazy, or incompetent
  5. How can we speed up the source selection process?

    don't be afraid to ignore (just write "noted" or the equivalent) requested changes and revisions from legal or policy oversight in the review chain enforce a strict culture of keeping things as simple and concise as possible, including evaluation factors and page lengths for all documents of every type praise and reward simplicity and brevity, punish and ridicule the opposite
  6. January 2018 Volume 1 Report

    Here is a helpful summary from a BIGLAW firm: https://www.arnoldporter.com/en/perspectives/publications/2018/02/highlights-from-dod-acquisition-panels-1st-report
  7. How competitive are 1102 jobs?

    If you are in school, college, graduate school, etc...you are in a uniquely advantageous position. It's much easier to get hired from this point, and you might not ever have this status again. Definitely look into the Pathways Program and every other "intern" or "fellowship" program you can find. It's a no-brainer. These "from school" hiring authorities allow you to avoid the tremendous "competition" from other hiring priorities. It's incredibly harder to get the job from an open market situation.
  8. Best way to find incumbent contract number?

    You can also search FBO or FPDS by other parameters, like agency or date, to hone in on the contract(s).
  9. GSA Industrial Funding Fee

    @Corduroy Frog PepeTheFrog is so glad to see other members of the very well-respected frog community participating in this online community. Thanks for hopping by. Give my best to Michigan J. Frog.
  10. Defense Small Business (Act)

    A frog can dream, can't she? It doesn't have to be all or nothing, or so painful that Congress Critters will be tarred and feathered by their small business constituents. Maybe DOD could shift some of the small business burden to the civilian agencies. Increase the goals for civilian agencies, relax some goals specifically for DOD. DOD acquisition gets all kinds of special favors from Congress, regularly, in the NDAA. A frog can dream!
  11. Defense Small Business (Act)

    Vern: That's a very strong stance! You would want it because you could exempt yourself (the DOD) from the Small Business Act and make your own regime. Your Defense Small Business Act could be an incredibly watered-down version of the Small Business Act. Or, you could cut out entire portions from it, or include none of it at all. Why wouldn't you want a chance to free yourself from the shackles of the Small Business Act? No 23 percent. No set aside analysis. Small business programs focused on whatever you want: rapid acquisition, attracting "nontraditional contractors," Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)..the sky is the limit. Another good question is "How does the current Small Business Act help DOD?" The Section 809 Panel's Volume 1 report is now available, and it skewers small business in DOD. The report complains that small business programs in the DOD focus on achieving set aside goals, and setting aside dollars and contracts for "disadvantaged" groups (PepeTheFrog, as a minority frog, would take great offense to being described as "disadvantaged" because of PepeTheFrog's green skin), rather than providing anything of use for the DOD. Of course, that's what the Small Business Act says, so it might be an unfair criticism. What do you think, does the DOD do an effective job of managing its small business programs? It could help DOD by allowing DOD to focus on DOD wants, rather than racing around trying to meet quotas. Is the DOD a social welfare program or a military department charged with defending the citizens of the United States of America? (That's a false dichotomy, but great rhetoric.) PepeTheFrog thinks that's (part of) the idea behind a Defense Small Business Act.
  12. January 2018 Volume 1 Report

    It looks like PepeTheFrog's "rumor" of the desire for a Defense Small Business Act was confirmed (page 191 of the Section 809 Report, Volume 1). Imagine that! Sometimes frogs are right. Please share your thoughts here or in the dedicated Defense Small Business (Act) thread:
  13. Defense Small Business (Act)

    (1) This is politically feasible right now, as long as it doesn't take too big out of a chunk of total federal small business set aside dollars. The DOD, HASC, SASC, and the Trump Administration have momentum to shave things down and become more business-like and focused on DOD needs. Yes, it would cause a big fight. (2) Focus on small business programs that provide useful technology and high-risk innovation, especially in four focus areas (a) DOD lethality (weapons and "force multipliers" and technology that makes the military more effective (b) cybersecurity (c) IT infrastructure improvements and (d) cloud services. (3) "This will never happen, that's politically infeasible." "There's a small chance that could happen, but it's doubtful." "That's the direction the DOD and Trump Administration are headed, it seems probable." PepeTheFrog is sure someone has an opinion. (4) Keep the Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) program because it is a status that is earned, rather than a genetic endowment like race or sex. Put specific time limits on the benefits of being a small business concern, i.e. for each NAICS code, there is a defined window, e.g. in NAICS code 12345, you can only be qualified as a small business concern for set asides or any other benefit for XX years. Frog food for thought. PepeTheFrog is certain there are opinions on this stuff! Start croaking! Hop on it!
  14. @Vern Edwards has mentioned the idea of the Department of Defense (DOD) having its own acquisition laws and regulations-- completely separating it from civilian agency acquisition laws and regulations. Maybe you can throw in some other high-dollar, national-security-related agencies like Department of Homeland Security, Department of Energy, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The National Defense Authorization Act often includes DOD-specific legislation, so this wouldn't be a revolutionary change. PepeTheFrog hears rumors of the desire to legislate a "Defense Small Business Act" and move all small business contracting laws under Title 10, Armed Forces. This would exempt DOD from Title 15 and the Small Business Act. It would allow DOD to run small business programs with total autonomy and independence from the Small Business Act and the Small Business Administration. (1) What do you think of the political feasibility? Would this cause a fight between the H/S Small Business Committees and the H/S Armed Services Committees? (2) How should DOD shape its own small business contracting and small business programs? The 2018 National Defense Strategy focuses on lethality, rapid acquisition, acquisition reform, and technological innovation from small businesses. (3) PepeTheFrog hears rumor of the desire to let the civilian agencies handle the "breadline" socioeconomic stuff and let DOD focus on getting innovative technology from small businesses, rather than distributing taxpayer money to a specific ethnicity, sex, or economic region. If that happens, the Small Business Act goal of 23 percent will be impossible to meet because DOD spending is usually more than half of that effort. Of course, that would be the point of exemption from the Small Business Act. (4) If you could eliminate any of the small business programs in DOD, which would you eliminate? Which would you keep? Why?
  15. Truth Decay

    Your reaction to reading this paragraph, PepeTheFrog believes, is a reliable predictor of your vote or feelings in the 2016 election. Agree Agree