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  1. In the context of my post I mean experienced. I dont know many people who could graduate college and start at a GS12. I suppose one could have very limited experience and make that grade. The thought in my office is pick no hire over a mediocre hire. I think my office should have some developmental path to start as a newbie but we don't operate that way.
  2. My experience has been mostly already shared by others. Where i'm at now is my first small office and a little different experience for me. With the exception of our procurement techs who do simplified work, everyone is a GS12/13 and all of us have warrants. When hired you start with a $4 million warrant for the first year. During year two it usually goes up if you have performed well, stays the same if you have performed mediocrely, and if you perform poorly you get assigned to entering CPARS, processing closeouts and similar clerical tasks.
  3. Ever been to a mosque? The females sit in the back so the men can pay attention and be not distracted by what's in front of them. Happy Friday everyone! Signing off to enjoy my weekend.
  4. I complain a lot too. I can run circles around my boss and my bosses boss regarding regulations, but they (bosses) are very good at implementing approaches relating to the frame work of the FAR, which i am not. Doesn't change start at the top? Perhaps Fara Fast isn't at the top?
  5. If i don't copy and paste to a certain degree what's been done historically i can't get Sh** thru my current lawyer, tho that has not always been the case. My favorite comment "B-xxxxxx is included in the template so it must be important". No explanation why.
  6. O, but i once worked for an agency that discouraged taking advantage of a Ktrs discounts because the agency financial software would make you do a "modification" and it was more painful to do the "adjustment" than to pay the 1%. I don't know if you work for such an agency but bottom line is yes you can accept a discount whether there is a clause or not that says you can or can't accept.
  7. Yes you can accept a discount. It’s almost always beneficial to accept price/payment terms that are more favorable to the government if they come to light after a proposal or signed contract. Invoices for things that say 2/10 n 30 (pronounced two ten net thirty) is supposed to incentive a business (or government) to pay earlier than a due date. It’s generally in your best interest to pay earlier to get the discount, but if cash flow is a problem it may not be.
  8. I think that's it's own thread. Think of Amtrak, deficits or trillion $ debt. Boeing is pretty creative with their accounting but no business could survive a Government model. I'm off topic and dipping out before a scolding endures. Be @ canyon beach. Happy Tuesday!
  9. If you're asking for yes or no, then my opinion would be yes for both. With the exception of miniscule areas that you could argue over until blue in the face that in reality have little impact moving agency missions forward, complicated yes if you've never had exposure. I think sometimes people forget how hard it can be in the beginning. Complex, yes. Consider most agencies follow the FAR, agency supplements (2 different ones for the VA until a year or two ago), Supplements called Agency name Acquisition Manual, various acquisition policy memorandums (usually more than one type such as acquisition procedural manual, policy dashes, information letters, etc.), GAO decisions, other agency regulations such as the SBAs 13 CFR, DOT programs at 23 USC, VA at 38 USC, and many more that you have to put all together to ensure you legally follow all the rules depending on where you work. Does Bonneville Power Administration, Tennessee Valley Authority, the FAA, Architect of the Capital or any other agency that doesn't follow the FAR have the types of issues you think reform might solve or why reforms have failed? I apologize if you were only wanting a yes or no answer as I gave you a word dump.
  10. I suppose the part i'm confused about is if the procurement was protested to the SBA and GAO based on challenging the business size of the contractor who got the award, and the SBA denied that challenge, and assuming GAO will tell you they don't have jurisdiction over deciding on small business challenges, then what corrective action is the agency taking and why?
  11. Admittedly I don’t fully understand every aspect of your situation. It seems you were all sketched out the Government was doing something improper when you received a T4C notice a year ago, but actually they may have just been correcting an error made in their initial evaluation. I don’t feel I have the whole story, or I don’t understand why the agency did what they did. You said there was a protest to the SBA last year. Those protests don’t take a year, they generally take less than a month. I suppose an appeal could take longer but not a year from my experience. You would normally stay the award given a protest, so I understand your stop work order. If the contractor protests a size standard issue to the GAO, normally, GAO will just tell you they don’t have jurisdiction to decide on the matter. Of course I haven’t seen the protest. There’s generally nothing wrong awarding bridge contracts. would you expect an agency to go without a service or thing they need just because someone whines about it? Sure DOD gave up on Jedi, Homeland security and lots of other agencies have gave up, but I assume we’re not talking about a multibillion dollar effort here. Give the CO the benefit of the doubt that they are working the procurement in a good faith effort and will let you know what you need to know when you need to know it. That’s my red eyed, tired, Monday morning proceeded by preseason football weekend unsupported amateur thought.
  12. Did you look at FAR Part 19? To my knowledge the answer to you question is not in the FAR. Sometimes you need to look at other regulations to find acquisition answers. Do you know the regulations of the SBAs world? Have you looked at Title 13 of the CFR? How about 13 CFR § 121.404? Could be yes could be no.
  13. Maybe not a PMP but I could think of a few reasons; however, since you're asking I'm assuming you are requiring certain certifications and nobody knows why. Did you ask whoever wanted it in the solicitation, or the CO if you're industry?
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