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  1. Probably yes. My first thought is that this type of set up would be quite simple to do with a BPA. There are probably creative ways to do this with an order, maybe, if all the stars in in alignment. However, I wouldn't do it, I'm aggressive, but not that aggressive.
  2. I am genuinely curious about the answer to this question. There is a good presentation about unavailable key personnel here. However, its grounded in FAR 15 and relies on the concept of 'discussions.' Under other, less rigorous procedures (say, 16.5 or 8.4) or in the case where the RFP did not have an explicit prohibition on late proposal modifications, I wonder discretion the CO would have to respond to a change in KP. For example of something that would not fly under FAR 15 ( I think) - Say we've done the technical evaluation considering KP. Then GVT receives notice of change to KP
  3. 1) With the usual caveats (do what the solicitation says, depends on the details of the specific case, etc.) - Yes, they definitely should notify and probably have to notify. Change to key personnel would (might) be a material change to the proposal. An evaluation and award, conducted when the winning proposal did not reflect a known material change, can be successfully protested. See Greenleaf B-293105.18. https://www.gao.gov/decisions/bidpro/29310518.pdf 2) What the solicitation states is important, and so forth. But generally yeah, the Agency has to allow the substitution if notifi
  4. Here is what my office typically does in this common scenario. Re-Post: No, but you can if you want to. Sole Source: No. Negotiate: Depends. Probably do have to type up a brief written determination explaining why this isn't a de facto sole source. Its in FAR 8.405-1/2/3. Like brief - a paragraph is usually sufficient.
  5. Probably yes to both. One of the things CO's look for in an RFI are what sources are available and where. I have personally been persuaded to switch acquisiiton vehicles due to feedback, including RFI responses. Like a reallly outstanding company tells us they are not on X (say GSA's FSS) but are on Y (say NITAAC) that will weigh in my decision about switching from X to Y.
  6. I couldn't find any more useful protest info about it.
  7. Seems a bid protest contributed to the CDC’s national stockpile of ventilators failing. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/01/us/politics/coronavirus-ventilators.html In fact, the contract with a company that was maintaining the machines expired at the end of last summer, and a contract protest delayed handing the job to Agiliti, a Minneapolis-based provider of medical equipment services and maintenance. Agiliti was not given the $38 million task until late January, when the scope of the global coronavirus crisis was first becoming clear. It is not known whether problems with the venti
  8. Personnel/SETA contracts aren't my thing, I mostly do IT services. But I feel your pain. The problem of evaluating people who may or may not actually do the work is a very common problem. The general solution is to not evaluate people, evaluate the firm, because that is who you are going to hire. And for firms, the best thing to evaluate is - surprising absolutely nobody on wifcon - Past Performance. The larger the project, the more true this is. If I were evaluating say a three-person consulting team, I definitely would evaluate those three individuals. If it were a 50+ person team
  9. Yes, it would be bad to get it. Those Who Recover From Coronavirus Can Be Left With Reduced Lung. People who recover after being infected with the novel coronavirus can still be left with substantially weakened lung capacity, with some left gasping for air when walking quickly, doctors in Hong Kong have found. If you are in good health, you can still die.
  10. You have a 'Long-Term Contract' which means the company does not have to re-represent for a few years. As I understand it, until they do re-represent, you carry on treating them like a small business for the purposes of ordering and reporting. No my area of expertise though.
  11. I am a CO, and former Army guy who has spent more days at military " role playing training facilities" than I care to remember, although never at one specifically for SOCOM. The key here is that the requirement is for a large training area, enough for 4 village sites and a road network, "within 15-mile radius of Camp Mackall." How many such areas could possibly exist? My guess is - one. There is only one possible location. Everyone in the know knows exactly where it is, who owns it, what their price is, and what can or cannot be done on it, and how. If you have any chance a
  12. Probably yes. Phase One's purpose is to quickly screen for proposals that are worth evaluating in more detail during Phase Two. So what we are looking for are: - Criteria that are pretty good at indicating high-value - Criteria that is relatively easy to evaluate - objective, minimal interpretation needed, this usually means quantitative data. - Proposal information that is relatively low-cost for offerors. Avoiding FAR 15 procedures, or the appearance of using FAR 15 procedures. Pretty Good Screening Criteria I Have Actually Used At Least Once, And Did Not R
  13. I love the fact that a comparative evaluation used in phase one of a multi-phase source selection has serious mathematics hiding just below the surface. Bottom Line: Don't try comparative evaluations if you expect to get a lot of proposals. Its a much more challenging math problem that it may first appear. Its a special case of what I think its called a comparison sorting algorithm (note: I like math, but am no mathematician) that is known in math and computer science. When the numbers are low, just basic math required to figure out the number of comparisons necessary. But as
  14. Ah, you are correct. I was thinking of a new TO issued against something like an agency IDIQ, which for small $ isn't protestable; while an out of scope mod would be. This is not an area I am very familiar with. My mistake. The general point was that an otherwise inexplicable method of procurement sometimes makes sense if understood as a method of avoiding a protest-happy contractor.
  15. There are strategic reasons. People: That's the only contract available for that particular contractor. Time: A bilateral mod on an existing TO may take a few days, while a new TO might have a lead time of months. Avoiding protest / legal strategy. In some situations, an out-of-scope mod to a TO (or other type of contract action) can't be protested, but a new contract/order could be. If you are in a contentious litigation with a company who has declared their intent to expand their protest further (possibly to pressure the Government to take corrective action rather than wai
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