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  1. lotus


    Thanks for the opinions, guys. Reading through this my reactions are 1. Who would ever bid on SCA work. since it appears the Govt can retroactively demand that higher wages be paid without a price adjustment. 2. I can see why some companies run, not walk, away from SCA work. 3. The contractor is in a no win situation.
  2. In these scenarios, is contractor hosed or can he get increased T&M rates? Scenario 1. Contract is awarded, with 200 SCA positions. In the proposal the then offeror, now contractor, clearly mapped all the SCA positions to General Clerk I in the applicable age determination, and built his rates on that rate as a base. Let's say that rate is $16.00 per hour. Contractor offers the General Clerk I job and pay to incumbent employees. Most take it, a few don't. No requests for SCA wage conformance are made. Questions about the proper wage arise. Eventually the decision is made by DoL and hence the contracting officer that $20.00 per hour is appropriate. Is the contractor hosed? Scenario 2. Essentially the same scenario, but the now contractor files 200 wage conformance requests, stating that $16.00 is appropriate. DoL does its thing and says $20 .00 is appropriate. Is the contractor hosed?
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    Bridge Contracts

    What happens to the KO's career if puts his foot down, saying "you guys dawdled around too long, and I'm happy to watch you suffer the consequences"?
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    Bridge Contracts

    Can an agency let a contract run to near its expiration, then use that it is near its expiration as justification of "unusual and compelling urgency" to award a bridge contract to the incumbent?
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    Evaluation Factors

    Stop and consider, does it matter to you if a person does this? If somebody has 8 eyed 16 armed robot and can turn out the results, is that okay with you? Do you really need a QCP/Contract manager's resume/.../technical approach? Remember, Input -> Process -> Output. Specify the output that you want and the input that you will give to the contractor. He will figure out a process, and you pay him for the output.
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    52.237-3 Continuity of Services

    Because reasonableness depends on whether you are writing the check or receiving the check.
  7. What are the payment rules that apply to 52.237-3? (b) The Contractor shall, upon the Contracting Officer's written notice, (1) furnish phase-in, phase-out services for up to 90 days after this contract expires and ...
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    Evaluation Factors

    How will you measure technical excellence. I believe you need a standard (between 12 and 14 inches) and a measure (inches), and a way to implement that measure (with a ruler). For courier services you might can create a standard (likely time based). Be careful that it is appropriate though, and think of how it can be gamed. And think of how you will measure results against the standard.
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    Evaluation criteria very vague

    While you are leading the LPTA conclusion, even LPTA criteria are typically subjective. A points scale would help, if the assignment of points were objective (for example, finish in 1 week, 5 points; finish in 4 days, 6 points.)
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    Evaluation criteria very vague

    It does not do so. It says things like 12 point font, no more than 20 pages, 1 inch margins, submit by and to whom, but does not do as you suggest.
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    Evaluation criteria very vague

    Let's try this one for starters. It is from an RFP on the street now. "Technical Approach - The evaluation will assess the Offeror’s technical approach and assumptions to evaluate the offeror’s understanding of the work. Proposals that unreasonably assume away contractor performance risk will be rated less favorably than those that do not and may be rated unacceptable." The relevant definition of approach is "a way of dealing with something." So, they are going to evaluate a way of dealing with something. But they don't say what they are looking for in that way of dealing with something. What are the benchmarks, or touch points, that they are looking for? If the favored vendor says "we will stand on our heads for 30 minutes each day", then I suspect that suddenly becomes the "way" that they want.
  12. The evaluation criteria that I typically see are very vague and / or subjective. They are so vague or subjective that any offer can be chosen, so likely the pre-determined awardee is chosen. Since I'm not the pre-determined awardee, I'd like to break that. Are there any published rules on how clear, specific, and objective evaluation criteria need be? I'm itching to protest those that I think that I will win and try to turn the criteria to my advantage. Along those lines, contracting officers and others do harbor grudges. Is there any precedent to have procurement taken away from one contracts shop and given to another to avoid potentially biased evaluations?
  13. It is my understanding that GSA schedule contracts and orders at to be used to buy commercial items on commercial terms. Is that correct? If so, how is it that orders are allowed to contain non-commercial terms? I have government unique security requirements in mind, but anything unique to the government would seem to apply.
  14. Nope, the only opinion that counts is the opinion of he who enforces or chooses to not enforce the final decision.
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    How to price option years?

    [2] Most of the time companies simply escalate their prices from year to year by some percentage that they expect will match their cost increases. This is usually 1% to 3% year. [3] Usually they look to the sum all years, including all option years. Usually they do not count the FAR 52.217-8 Option to Extend Services, but I have seen that counted, too. They do not use a present value calculation, but do sometimes look for what they consider unbalanced pricing (" the price of one or more contract line items is significantly overstated or understated, as indicated by the application of cost or price analysis techniques").