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  1. Agree with Joel about cubes being better than open offices and I like the sound of the office he helped build for the Army HQ. That kind of adaptability sounds very useful. My current office actually just completed the transition from old school cubes that had walls about 5 feet high that completely surrounded you to new-fangled cubes that have walls that are so short I make accidental eye contact with the guy that sits on the other side of the wall from me while sitting in my chair all of the time. It is extremely awkward for both of us. We are also organized in "pods" of 4 people,
  2. @ji20874 - I think (a)(4) would depend heavily on what "incidental" means in this context, which is part of my problem. I did some additional reading in the FITARA and some OMB memos and it seems to me that the intent of this clause is to allow the CIO of the department (in this case, USAID) the opportunity to review and approve of any "major" IT purchases that are not explicitly included in a solicitation or award. The difference between a "major" IT purchase and an incidental one is not very well defined in anything that I have read. As mentioned above, my organization will sometimes budget
  3. Hello all, My organization is looking at pursuing a contract opportunity with USAID. The solicitation has been released and it includes LIMITATION ON ACQUISITION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (DEVIATION NOs. M/OAA-DEV-FAR-18-2c and M/OAA-DEV-AIDAR-18-2c) (APRIL 2018) in Section H. Generally speaking, this clause does not cause concern for my org as our IT purchases tend to be incidental to the contract. In this case, we are considering purchasing a significant number of cell phones (~5,000) to use for data collection and program quality monitoring. My read of the clause is that we would be r
  4. My personal experience with telework (as a non-Fed) has generally been positive. As previously noted above, I find it much easier to concentrate at home rather than in the shared office/hoteling situation I was in at my last job. I never knew who I was going to be sitting with and it was a real crapshoot. Some folks were fine, others would spend all day on the personal phone calls. My current work situation is a more or less "open" office plan, which I am not a fan of. I am lucky insofar as the folks that sit around me are pretty quiet, but there is no way to have a discussion, in person or on
  5. Hi Neil, FAR 52.244-2 is included in USAID prime contracts. One interesting wrinkle between the DOD and civilian worlds that I've heard is that civilian agencies are now being audited by accounting firms rather than DCAA due to the backlog of audits. Curious to see how that is going to work in practice and whether or not it's a "good" thing. Here_2_help: Those are good points and I very much agree with your final point about process and training being keys to success. One of the big issues I am confronting is simply unfamiliarity with proper procurement procedures. People really ju
  6. Patrick, Appreciate the quick response. We have not been notified of a CPSR yet. We are targeting a couple of large USG contracts opportunities in the next fiscal year, so I am trying to lay the foundation now before it becomes a panic post-award/once a notification is received. The good news is my predecessor did a decent job of getting some policies in place, but lack of use and general disinterest from leadership in the past means that they are pretty bare bones and our institutional "muscle memory" in implementation is very weak. I am curious about the consultant route and will likel
  7. Hello all, I have recently moved from a DoD contractor to an NGO without an Approved Purchasing System. This has not been an impediment for them, as they have only performed as a subcontractor under a handful of USAID prime contracts. However, there is interest in expanding their contracts portfolio and a desire to move beyond subcontracting into prime contracting. As that is the case, I have begun the process of determining how prepared we are as an organization for a CPSR audit. So far, it looks pretty grim. Little to no file documentation, no price/cost analysis being performed, polic
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