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  1. How about contracting for "gas as a service"? Make the contractor responsible for ensuring there's always gas when it's needed. They can bill a fixed price for each tank used.
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  3. I agree with you. FAR 5.202(a)(4) is using the same language that is used at FAR 6.302-5. The only difference is the list of examples is shorter. Neither list is exhaustive.
  4. What outcomes? Was his point that the selection process for cool kids organizations are ineffective?
  5. If the data were not required to be submitted by the FAR, then they would not be "certified cost or pricing data."
  6. From Formation of Government Contracts, Chapter 9, Section V, "Level of Effort Contracts": From The Government Contracts Reference Book:
  7. The plan is to change the FAR. If you mean they should issue an interim rule instead of the letter, I totally agree.
  8. The Limitation of Funds clause limits the Government's liability to the amount "allotted by the Government to the contract".
  9. First, there's a difference between creating an obligation and recording an obligation. The amount recorded doesn't change the amount created and vice-versa. The Recording Statute requires that agencies record of obligations reflect the amount of obligations created. So, if the contract creates an obligation for half the estimated cost or $100, then that's the amount that should be recorded. If the contract doesn't create any obligation at the time of award (like in a requirements contract), then no obligation should be recorded.
  10. Maybe the definition of "supplies" at FAR 2.101 would help?
  11. @Virgil Sollozzo, Have you read Chapter 7 of the GAO Redbook? That should answer your questions. Why don't you and McCluskey meet me at Louis's Italian American Restaurant in The Bronx? We can discuss further.
  12. In addition to what Jamaal wrote, it's not correct to say the Government closes out contracts. The Government closes out its contract files. FAR subpart 4.8 covers "Government Contract Files" and FAR 4.804 covers closeout of Government contract files. A contract may or may not exist after the closeout of a Government contract file. Also, the amount that must be legally recorded as an obligation is not affected by payments made or the passage of time since the obligation was recorded. The introduction of risk management into such a scenario is misplaced, unless the risk that's being managed is the risk of being caught under-recording obligations.
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