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  1. I'm coming across several instances of Unit Price Book contracts where the client has modified the prices of only certain items and subitems compared to the prior version of the UPB (say from 3-5 years ago), and in a non-uniform fashion. For instance, let's take something like the construction of manholes. For certain measurements of the manhole, you would see that the client has lowered the price in the new UPB relative to the price in the prior UPB. For other measurements of the manhole (with all other specs remaining the same), the client has raised the price. For example: Manhole 10 ft x 10 ft x 10 ft New Price: $500 each Old Price: $300 each Difference: +66.7% Manhole 25 ft x 25 ft x 25 ft New Price: $800 each Old Price: $1,000 each Difference: -20% Now I do realize one explanation could be that the client simply decided to reset prices closer to "market" rates, but I'd like to see what other plausible scenarios might be causing this. One explanation I've heard is that the client is in a way signaling which items will be included in the actual scope or a job order, and which won't, and that the client signals that by raising the prices of those items which will be worked frequently in the project, and lowering the prices of those which the client believes have a small chance of ever being executed. If the bidders understand this signal, their mark-up or mark-down ratio to the UPB will be more aggressive (ie optically more favorable to the client). I'm curious to see what you guys think about this and what other plausible interpretations for this pattern of adjustments there may be.
  2. So I posted another thread a few days ago on withdrawing a bid prior to award, but thought I should start a separate thread for this topic. So in negotiated bids (RFPs), can any of you please share how this works in practice? So the agency or client reaches out to a bunch of offerors who are in the competitive range and tries to get further price concessions? Is that what's "negotiated"? During this process, can an offeror actually choose to raise their price - let's say the offeror feels like their proposal is strong technically and warrants a price increase... can this be done, or are the only price revisions downwards?
  3. It's a Negotiation Solicitation and my understanding is that as long as the government accepts your offer within 90 days, a contract has formed.
  4. How or where can I find out the applicable law of the solicitation - common law or offer-specific?
  5. Wondering what happens if the government awards a contract but for whatever reason, the contractor no longer wants or can execute the contract. In the event there was no bid bond, can the contractor decline award? If yes, are there government remedies, or would they just re-award to the next-best offeror?
  6. Thanks Joel. We don't do design, usually just DBB, but a technical approach is required either way for any of the contracts we partake in. I'd appreciate it if you could recommend that person you know or the retired cost engineer (assuming they're interested). Thanks a ton!
  7. Bumping this to see if I can get any leads pls...
  8. I'm a foreign contractor looking to get into US Army construction contracts considering my experience with my local government contracts. I'm looking for somebody who's worked for or with the USACE before to help us analyze and estimate solicitations. This includes reviewing drawings, preparing bill of quantities, and estimating costs/prices - the whole spiel. Also need support in writing the technical proposal particularly the management approach. Any idea where I can find such individuals online?
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