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  1. From the seller's perspective, at a 90% probability, I'd consider it a sure thing and price it assuming 100% of the costs would be incurred.
  2. Rule #1 is the Government must win.
  3. Change the FAR. It's been done before. Since the SSA can override the evaluations, would it be helpful to submit a question along the lines of what are the selection criteria?
  4. Okay, so why not have just one evaluator, who is the same person as the source selection authority?
  5. Can the source selection authority override the plain judgement of the evaluators? For oversimplified example, if offerors #1, 2, & 3 are all evaluated as "Good" and #4 is evaluated as "Acceptable" can the SSA override them and say he prefers #4 anyway?
  6. Thanks again, Don. When I think of an index, I normally think of the index at the back of a textbook. Key words and topics are typically indexed. When I think of all facts, I include this in my thinking. Offeror has an internal discussion about the price to offer and decides on how low it can go in negotiations. That the discussion took place is a fact. That a decision was made is a fact. The contents of that decision is a fact. All are relevant to the evaluation of the offer, and the KO would love to know those facts. I'm struggling with indexing those fa
  7. Thanks Don. It is a reference table for cost buildups. Maybe that's a start, but it hardly seems to include "all facts."
  8. i ran across a cost or pricing requirement at FAR 15.408, Table 15-2, Section I Paragraph B and am having a hard time visualizing what that would look like, and what to include and what to exclude. Facts come from all over the place. Accounting reports. Old text books. Rules of thumb. Magazine articles. Yesterday's lunch. Databases. Conversations. Can anyone point me to an example and provide explanation? -------------------------------------------- I made a mess of this post when I was trying to get rid of all the different fonts used. Bob
  9. So, since the orders do not have wage determinations attached to them, there is no SCA worry? The wage determinations in the GSA schedule contract do not flow down to the orders?
  10. Yes, now that you've pointed them out, but both neither clearly answers the question.
  11. There exists a BPA under a GSA schedule contract. The BPA is task order driven, and there are several task orders, each with a base year and some option years. The BPA does not include any wage determinations, and the task orders do not, either. The GSA Schedule contract does. The GSA schedule is refreshed, going from Refresh #30 to Refresh #31. Refresh #31 incorporates new wage determinations. When and under what conditions do new wage rates affect the existing task orders?
  12. You can include the increases in costs of fringe benefits caused by the wage determination increase. For example, if the wage rate went from $19 to $20, that is a dollar per hour for each hour of vacation to be paid, including the hours already granted but not yet taken. It increases FICA by 7.65 cents times all of the hours to be paid, including vacation and sick time. Workers comp is usually a percentage of payroll, so that is cost increase to be included. FUTA and SUTA are stranger animals. Include them, but do not be surprised if the Govt takes them out, saying there
  13. Assuming multiple proposals can be prepared (and it is reasonably likely given that only prices are changing), The proposal offering 3 CLIN's at $130 each runs the risk of losing on price. The proposal offering contingent discounts runs the risk of being tossed as non-responsive. Even if asked, the Govt is unlikely to say in advance what it will do. And if it did take a stance and publish it, it would expose a competitive idea that we'd prefer not be exposed. But, look at the Evaluation of Options (JUL 1990 language Joel Hoffman brought up. ... the Government will evaluat
  14. Do you think the CLIN's 8A and 9A, being not in the solicitation, would survive evaluation or be tossed as non-responsive (or non-compliant, or causing a material defect, pick your poison)?
  15. Sounds like if you were the Govt buyer, you'd toss the offer as non-compliant (non-responsive).
  16. The Govt is asking for prices for 3 optional CLIN’s, 7, 8, & 9, each for the same thing. We figure the first of them can be provided for $130, and the other 2 for $100 each. But the Govt can exercise any of the CLIN’s them or none of them. If we were to offer a prices like this, would the Govt say it is non-compliant? Would they evaluate the price as $390 or $330? CLIN 7, $130 CLIN 8, $130, discounted to $100 if CLIN 7 is also exercised. CLIN 9, $130, discounted to $100 if CLIN 7 is also exercised.
  17. As you might have guessed, this is a current RFQ. And now a mod has been issued that addressed my questions. They were not answered earlier when the Q&A were published, but it is easy to see that the mod was put together at least in part because of my questions. (Maybe others asked the same questions, too.)
  18. Perhaps. But, that is part of the point of asking questions, to gain an understanding of what one does not now understand.
  19. Over the last year or so I've experienced several occasions when I submitted questions in response to an RFQ, only to have those questions not answered when the Q&A were published. I'm wondering why. Most recently my questions were part of package of questions consolidating the questions from people working on the response. Some of the questions were answered when the Q&A were published, but mine were not. Can anyone suggest reasons why this would be? To help, I'm putting edited versions of the two questions that I asked below. Is there something about these questions
  20. For those of you with a history on the buyer side of the fence, ... 1. Is it common in practice for the procurement team, especially those who are professionals in fields other than procurement, to purposely evaluate proposals from their favorite vendors more leniently than they evaluate proposals from others? 2. If a prospective offeror asks many questions, or questions that are hard to answer or inconvenient to answer, do evaluators become biased against that prospective offeror as someone they don't want to work with?
  21. Looking at, §125.6 What are the prime contractor's limitations on subcontracting?, I surmise the travel costs would likely be counted as costs paid to large businesses. I'm wondering how reimbursements to employees would be counted. I'm also wondering why the FAR clause is not in sync with §125.6.
  22. I'm trying to find how to figure the cost of contract performance incurred for personnel mentioned in FAR 52.219-14. I've run across a few opinions with different methods, but none that seem to be defined in the regulation. Here is and example of how I see it. Can anyone point to a contrary authoritative definition of how to make the calculation? In this case the prime meets the 50% test.
  23. Seems outrageous, remarkably unconscionable, but perhaps true. The Govt is the big bully on the block. A fairer interpretation is that if the Govt made an award pursuant to the proposal, it accepted the mappings within the proposal. And the KO and the DoL are the same person, the United States of America.
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