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  1. Sig Sauer Sidearm - Continued

    A recent article indicates that there is still more talk about in the long term effort to replace the 9mm Beretta. See this linked article about operational test failures for two Sig Sauer models: : https://www.military.com/kitup/2018/01/31/army-responds-dod-report-criticizing-new-sidearm-reliability.html Are there any lessons learned to come out of this? (The original topic was closed, so I have opened a new one here.)
  2. January 2018 Volume 1 Report

    ...looks like the appetite for change has grown!!
  3. Accountability Might Need a New Name

    From a recently received National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Draft Report (January 2018) : "Blockchain technologies have the power to disrupt many industries. To avoid missed opportunities and undesirable surprises, organizations should start investigating whether or not a blockchain can help them." Here's the link I just received, NIST Draft Report (Draft NISTIR 8202) on Blockchain Technology, dated January 2018: https://csrc.nist.gov/CSRC/media/Publications/nistir/8202/draft/documents/nistir8202-draft.pdf It's quite readable, somewhat lengthy (59 pages), and is intended to introduce the topic to its readers and give an overview. Up front in the report, NIST provides an email address and notes a public comment period running through 23 February 2018. NIST gives use case examples including supply chain (not unlike a portion of this whole Accountability System idea); NIST also made mention of permissioned systems which is what I suppose would be desirable in a Blockchain based DoD Accountability and Reporting system. NIST has a public comment period on the Report - through 23 February 2018. Keep in mind the idea is to know (manage) the use of every dollar in near real time. Essentially, every dollar will have a name, that you can call and learn not only where it is now, but its whole history, all in what is essentially real time. If combined with RFID it becomes a seamless property accountability and lifecycle tool as well.
  4. First-Tier Subcontract Reporting

    Slowcountry, Just checking...I take it that these services are not considered a commercial item, (i.e., they do not include FAR clause 52.212-5 or its alternate), is that correct?
  5. Truth Decay

    Come on, RAND, if it is so, I want to know! Fsscinating! At least RAND could reach for their best tool box and try to convince me in this paper about Truth. This is a subject worthy of granite and they are working in wax. Setting sentiment aside, what evidence does RAND offer to support its conclusions? Where is their data? What contra-indications do they frankly acknowledge (e.g. what significant weaknesses do they realize might belie in their conclusions)? What predictions might their conclusions allow us to make?...and if there are, such, in the final analysis, if not verifiable, is this thing at least falsifiable? If not, what have we really learned?
  6. Accountability Might Need a New Name

    The 2018 NDAA, at Section 1646, includes a requirement for a DoD briefing to committees of Congress on Blockchain Technology within 180 days: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2810/text#toc-HBA0AA81CFC4F410E95EF87129909DC2AR Will that Blockchain Technology Briefing nclude the topic of Blockchain’s potential for major advances in Government Reporting/Accounting Systems?
  7. government recovery

    Fara Fasat, Yes, your question is a hypothetical, but I still ask the question: What's in the contract, clause 52.245-1, or maybe 52.245-1 with its Alternate 1? If so, what have your read in the clause? It's easy to overlook the Government's default position in so many contracts (see 52.245-1), which is assumption of the risk for loss of Government property with few caveats. I view this practice as a sensible outgrowth of Government's monopsony status, which results in the Government's systemic reluctance to trade dollars on property insurance covering its own interests and an unwillingness for Government to pay the premium for a contractor who will for some kind of fee indemnify the government for loss of its (Government's) own property. Or perhaps you are beyond all this and the real hypothetical issue is contract performance and the Disputes Clause...well, I begin again pressing on about the fact set, asking, what's in the contract?
  8. Accountability Might Need a New Name

    Here is another link, to a "Chain Letter" newsletter from MIT Technology Review: https://www.technologyreview.com/newsletters/chain-letter/
  9. Interview Guidance

    I've thought quite a bit about how it seems this interview/hiring process is best described as a concerted effort at discovering the "best fit" as Vern indicates above. For the interviewee, having the "right answers" to the most frequently asked interview questions might help you get you in the door, but on that score, it may leave you and/or your employer soon feeling that you don't belong there. So, you may want to make a practice on the job and in and out of interviews of being diligent, interested and letting your character and apptitudes show in addition to the experience that already shows in your resume. Additionally, strange as it may sound, I believe we can cheat our own self if we are feel too casual and don't act the part, so I would probably dress as I do for any interview (that means a suit and tie for me) even though it takes place over the phone.
  10. Privatization

    Matthew Fleharty, You're right...i can see that it's sloppy speculation on my part...I took the small excerpt to be a thematic and ran wild with that comment. I hope my speculation proves wrong, and also hope to repair the damage I've done.
  11. Privatization

    I plead guilty. No, I have not read the book.
  12. Privatization

    When monopoly status is a grant, it should be done wisely, even warily. Some monopolies are necessary (regulated utilities and some functions at various levels of government are examples). Some monopolies I view as inherently good (marriage, private property, patents are examples). All monopolies require special care as they are largely exempt from corrective mechanisms of the marketplace. All too often government enjoys an enduring, unearned, and implicit exemption from cares and concerns over its own largely unrecognized monopoly status....And at what cost? I don't think the author has taken this one question seriously and it's the one most worth asking.
  13. Privatization

    Vern, Loosely constructed I think of three categories of things: private property, public property, and public goods, by which I mean externalities such as air, water, and rights or responsibilities in those public goods (for notable examples of management of rights and responsibilities look up riparian rights (the story of the West is largely the story of water) and also look up South Coast Air Quality Management District in Southern California). Specifically, Privatization is movement from public property to private property or from public goods to private property. Contracts can contribute to this movement. Yes, government is capable of getting fleeced and losing some of our freedom for us, especially by misunderstanding the externalities, the longevity of either or both resources or needs (call them requirements if you will) or by pursuing short term solutions to the long term problem of the commons. In a keen sense, every ethical issue in government is really a concern over privatization. In this way, it constantly looms as an agency problem (to borrow a term from economics) where if unchecked public officials may pursue interests that run counter to the trust and public interest unless carefully managed and subject to ethical standards and review.
  14. IDIQ Decision

    So, absent some additional conditional qualifier such as "when", what Is the imperative meaning of the term "shall" followed by "only if"? Take the example given, what all is the Contracting Officer required to refrain from doing and/or do by the language found at FAR 15.403-4 (a)(1)?
  15. Kickstarter and the GCPC

    Vern:, You're welcome and you're probably correct about the future of government...though that doesn't stop me from trying to work toward something a little better than what we have now.