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  1. As an 1102, you can also get other DAU certs for instance BFM levels 1 and 2; IT level 1, Program Mgmt levels 1 and 2. I got my extra certs when I had some down time at work mostly all online with residential courses overlapped some of the CON level III electives.
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    I use this with every RFP, updated constantly for latest deviations: https://www.dau.edu/tools/t/FAR,-DFARS,-VAAR,-DEAR-Provision-and-Clause-Matrix
  3. Semantics aside, if I understand correctly: 1. As FAR 16.301-3(a)(2) is just repeating the requirement stated at FAR 7.103(e). DoD deviates from the FAR requirements for written APs as seen in DFARS 207.103(d)(i)(B). Therefore no written AP is required. 2. However, per Class Deviation 2019-O0001, the procurement in question being CPFF between $25M and $50M, my HCA approval is required prior to award. 3. On a broader policy perspective, using the FAR 5.301/DFARS 205.303 public award announement example, there is a clearly traceable Part 5 "deviation" from $4M to $7M. The same approach can be used for my intial written AP query: DFARS 207 deviates from FAR 7.03 therefore, as a DoD 1102, I follow that written AP DFARS policy even though DFARS Part 216 is silent on deviating FAR 16.301-3(2) by the virtue that Part 7/207 "Acquisiton Planning" is more germane for all things written AP.
  4. FAR 16.301-3(2) requires a written acquisition plan has been approved and signed at least one level above the contracting officer for cost-reimbursement types of contracts. DFARS 207.103(d)(i)(B) requires a written acquisition plan for those acquisitions for production or services when the total cost of all contracts for the acquisition program is estimated at $50 million or more for all years or $25 million or more for any fiscal year. Questions: 1. Is there some other policy that negates DFARS from the FAR Part 16 AP requirement? Since these are addressed in different parts of the FAR/DFARS it doesn’t seem to be a supplement unlike the FAR $4M public award announcement vs DFARS $7M public award announcement requirement. 2. Regardless of the dollar threshold, shouldn’t any/all Cost Type contracts require a written AP per the FAR vice DFARS? 3. And if that is the case, shouldn’t either the DFARS address the cost type FAR part 16 requirement? Currently they are silent on those aspects in their respective Part 16 sections.
  5. That is correct. For instance, on contracts I've inherited we had the data rights clauses but we had no CDRLs therefore we had no vehicle or grounds to actually get the data which we should have been getting since day one. My Program Office didn't even have a data manager. Even though we had some grounds to get the data, i.e. the 252.227-7027/28 clauses, pursuing the actual furnishing of that data was next to impossible unless we bring them to court which our legal folks had no stomach for. At AT&L I saw that AF and all of the services, are by law, supposed to do majority of the "organic" maintenance but the Government failed to get the data to perform the maintenance in-house. When asked to price an option CLIN for that TDP for maintenance, not even for a competition mind you, it was well over a billion dollars if they responded at all. Now bear in mind this same data is free for commercial planes under FAA regs, alas DOD is exempt for FAA regs... In reality our own military is a subcontractor to the beltway bandit for O&M which offers tremendous cash flow, profit, and sustained revenue for those prime contractors for the remainder of that plane's life. Most 1102s and AT&L appear to have no clue things basic data rights like Form, Fit, Function and OMIT data is inherently unlimited and even if they are somewhat aware they and their programs don't have the stomach to fight the good fight, especially when we have the rights and legal processes in place to obtain this data.
  6. Other Transaction Authorities, SBIRs (which large companies buy up), commercial item determinations, and generous IRAD have been ways to get innovative products faster than DOD can generate especially its institutional knowledge drain and severe lack of IP legal staffing. From my fairly recent experience within AT&L, right before the break A&S/R&E breakout the matter on Government data rights will make sole sourcing the new(er) normal since we will be locked in data-wise before milestone B and thus before an 1102 could ever compete it out.
  7. In terms of Contracting Pros, how vital is data rights in your experience with negotiations? It seems like 1102s don't stress the importance of data rights to ensure future leverage in competitions much less the maintenance/obsolescence issues that arise on a product that is fielded. This is a second/third order effect that gets low priority but has massive cost implications as the acquisition life-cycle matures, e.g. F-35.
  8. DIrect from college is best route, take 24 hours of business credits with 3.0 min GPA. Navy HQ progression goes: GS-7, intern Day 1 (GS-9 if you have MBA, but same progression thereafter) GS-9 (After 1 year) GS-11 (After 2 years) GS-12 (After 3 years) GS-13 (After 4 years, competitive but almost a given) GS-14 (After 5-8 years, competitive with real interviews for CO unlimited warrant) GS-15 (After 6+ years, whiz kids move up fast and demonstrate exceptional talent). Navy HQ is looking for new talent so DM and I can get your resume to HR.
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