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  1. Don Mansfield

    Readability of Federal Solicitations

    Nobody won anything. However, I am going to have a contest with a prize soon.
  2. Don Mansfield

    Problem of the Day--Pricing Contingencies

    Winner!
  3. Not all federal contracts--all DoD contracts. DoD issues memos that direct contracting officers to comply with the law while the regulations catch up. This is one such memo.
  4. Don Mansfield

    Readability of Federal Solicitations

    Thanks, Matthew. Now when are you going to do my new Problem of the Day?
  5. Don Mansfield

    Exempt EE's working LESS than 40 hours

    Workaholics compared to the Dutch.
  6. Don Mansfield

    Readability of Federal Solicitations

    How readable should a Federal solicitation be?
  7. Assume that you are pricing a firm-fixed-price contract using cost analysis. The prospective contractor has included a contingency of $100,000 in its cost proposal of the type described at FAR 31.205-7(c)(1): There is a 90% chance that this contingency will occur. If it occurs, there's a 100% chance it will cost $100,000. The prospective contractor can take Precaution A, which will cost $50,000. If the contingency occurs, Precaution A would reduce the chance of the contingency costing $100,000 to 30% (there would be a 70% chance the contingency would cost $0). The prospective contractor can take Precaution B, which will cost $75,000. If the contingency occurs, Precaution B would reduce the chance of the contingency costing $100,000 to 10% (there would be a 90% chance the contingency would cost $0). The prospective contractor is free to take Precaution A, Precaution B, or do nothing. What amount for this contingency would you allow in the contract price? You may ask for more facts if you'd like or ask to make an assumption. Do not fight the hypothetical. Enjoy.
  8. I know of a pretty big agency that spends a lot of money training employees to know and do things that they don't need to know or do in order to do their jobs.
  9. Don Mansfield

    Leaving the Fed Gov’t – Separation Rules

    I don't know. Here's another resource, though: https://www2.oge.gov/web/oge.nsf/Post-Government Employment
  10. Don Mansfield

    Leaving the Fed Gov’t – Separation Rules

    Kaiser, The person you want to ask is your agency ethics official. You will want a written opinion. See FAR 3.104-6 for what you should do.
  11. Don Mansfield

    travel on GOV by contractors

    If it's a cost-reimbursement contract, then the contract would have to include the clause at FAR 52.228-7, Insurance-Liability to Third Persons. That clause requires the contractor to maintain certain types of insurance, unless they have an approved self-insurance program. If Mayhem struck when a contractor employee was getting a ride from the Government, resulting in injury or death, a worker's compensation claim could be made by the employee against the employer. The costs of insurance and indemnification are generally allowable (see FAR 31.205-19). If the work is overseas, see FAR 28.305.
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    travel on GOV by contractors

    Would contractor employees merely be passengers? Or are they operating the aircraft/motor vehicles? Are the aircraft/vehicles in the possession of the contractor?
  13. here_2_help's #8, "Other Matters" seems like a good place to put other relevant disclosures.
  14. You're welcome, ji. See also 7-2124 of the DCAA CAM (October 2014):
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