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  1. There was an opportunity we were watching, GovWin 211918, Cybersecurity Support, with the USPTO. The latest GovWin update says the opportunity was separated into 4 task orders and awarded to 4 companies. As far as I can tell, this was done without the usual solicitation and competitive proposal procedure. The government just picked its 4 favorite contractors and gave them awards. What might have been the justification for that? ------------------------------------------ from GovWin -------------------------------------------- The Contracting Office confirmed this requirement was separated into 4 task orders and awarded via GSA MAS Schedule and VETS 2. Task Orders were awarded to Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., Saliense Consulting llc, Xor Security llc, and Zermount, Inc. Please refer to the Contracts Section of this report for details. Stephan Batt is the Point of Contact for this effort. Please note that due to the acquisition strategy selected by the government, Deltek has limited visibility into this procurement and is unable to provide a copy of the Solicitation documents. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  2. In federal procurement, is there a distinction between a subcontractor and an independent consultant? When preparing a consulting agreement, should the prime contractor include flowdown clauses and and insurance requirements in the consulting agreement? Is there a distinction between subcontractor and materialman?
  3. Does the concept of materialman exist in federal contract law?
  4. Most procurements use an evaluation that relies on a best value determination. Value seems unduly subjective. Has anyone come up with a good way to establish and measure value, so to know which value is best?
  5. SF 1449, Block 29, indicates the Govt may accept some proposed items, without accepting all of them. If this is unacceptable, is there a real option other than no-bidding? ------------------------------ YOUR OFFER ON SOLICITATION (BLOCK 5), INCLUDING ANY ADDITIONS OR CHANGES WHICH ARE SET FORTH HEREIN, IS ACCEPTED AS TO ITEMS ___________________ -------------------------------
  6. What should I look for in an RFP to tell me if a CLIN is serverable or not serverable?
  7. The Government typically wants the contractor to sign a release of claims and some certifications after work in done and paid for. Has anyone ever taken the position that they will do so, but only if and after the Government signs similar forms releasing the contractor from future claims and making similar certifications (e.g., the government has back all of its property)?
  8. To the contrary, it precisely relies recognizing the border between contract work and other than contract work.
  9. Is not a direct cost if it is for things outside of the contract. If 1000 hours were in the contract, and 1100 delivered, the last 100 were outside the contract and hence not direct. They were a type of business development or marketing costs.
  10. Actually, it probably will increase your G&A rate. If materials costs are substantial, and they are or this would be a non-issue, then pulling them from the G&A base means the same G&A costs are allocated over a smaller base, meaning labor will carry a higher rate.
  11. Yes, you can cap the G&A rate that you charge the Government. As part of your proposal state something along the line of we expect our G&A rate to be 25% but will cap the rate used to charge the Government at 15%. No change to your accounting system is needed. Your job cost reports from your accounting system likely will show a loss (no revenue for the 10% not charged and your fee is unlikely to fully cover those costs), but you can do that.
  12. Who decides if a position is filled? Can one person fill two positions simultaneously? If you are the decision maker on this matter, you should have little problem filling the positions. Is a fully burdened daily or hourly rate stated as part of the contract or solicitation response? State it as $1 per hour or $1 per day in the proposal. Hours times fully burdened rate per hour may be less than the firm fixed price.
  13. One might suggest that the cost of the work beyond the T&M ceiling is a type of business development cost, and thus should be classified as business development costs (G&A presumably overhead maybe).
  14. I've been handed a recently awarded GSA schedule contract, 00 CORP, which has some labor categories which are mapped to wage determination occupations. The documentation refers to to the wage determination 2015-4281, which is for Alexandria, Virginia. It does not refer to a revision number. The revision number in place now is #16, and it was in place a few days ago at the start of the schedule contract. I'm wondering how to interpret this when revisions #17 and #18 come along. Presumably they will have higher wages and H&W benefits. What will be the impact on the schedule labor rates? For example, Accounting Clerk I now has a wage of $19.10 and $4.22 in H&W. If in revision #17 this goes to $20.00 and $5.00, what is the impact on the schedule rate?
  15. What happens if .... A contract's period of performance is over, and Invoices are submitted and paid, and a de-obligation mod is put into place and release of claims signed reflecting numbers on the de-obligation mod, and then it is discovered that the de-obligation mod was too aggressive in that it de-obligated money already invoiced and paid?
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