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  1. On-Site Contractor Supervision

    I would say that depends on the security requirements of your Agency or building.
  2. CPARS comments

    If the Government is serious about streamlining and saving the man hours they are taking away from us in downsizing then they need to scrap the whole past performance system. The CO would only report performance that is substandard after proving the contractor was given a chance to improve. I say this because your large contractors have both greatly sucessful contracts and some failures. Sometimes the failure is only due to picking a poor project manager without good intercommunication skills. When you are on a source selection board you read both good and bad reports on that contractor and it does you little good. It is unrealistic to expect a contractor who is graded on profitability to increase their costs to give the Government something above what they contracted for (satisfactory). All the bad reports would flow to a Government Wide Debarrment Official who would debar any contractor receiving a high percentage of poor performance reports compared to their total contract awards. All companies would be equal if they have no poor reports. My suggestion would save thousands of man hours in writing and processing CPAR reports, simplify source selections, and eliminate one of the largest protest issues.
  3. CPARS comments

    In my acquisitions office it is office policy that the reviewing official be the CO's Division Director.
  4. CPARS comments

    The CPAR system is set up to keep COs from being pressured into changing performance reports. Once the report goes to the contractor it cannot be withdrawn and changed. The Contractor makes thier comments and either requests review or not. I have seen the comments section of an outstanding report read like a multi page advertisment for the company. All the comments stay with the report. In the case of judicial action, the Department Point of Contact (DPOC) for CPARS can request the report be placed back in draft for rewrite but this is only done in extreme cases. If you go to the CPAR website you can find the CPAR guidebook that lays out the whole reporting system. I believe the guide is before a sign in so anyone can access it.
  5. For the Federal Government the best on line market place is FEDBID.com (recently bought by Compuserve). You post commerical products and can have multiple bids in hours. If you provide several days, the bidders make multiple bids lowering the price even more. FEDBID has ensured they comply with all Federal regulations and will even post the requirments over $25K to FEDBIZOPPs automatically for you. We have used them for well over 10 years and there is nothing easier or better. Without thier services we would have to increase our staff substantially. We do not pay them a fee, they get that from the awarded vendors. Our analysis is that the heavy competition lowers the price more than thier fee (1 to 3%) increases it.
  6. Privatization

    Off the top of my head without any research, I always thought that oursourcing was what "privatizaiton" was all about. Contracting out which leaves the Government with some control over the work and outcome or just turning over a Government function to private industry by selling it or giving it away. Can't think of what we may have given away or sold though.
  7. IDIQ Decision

    As my office assigns the 50 reqs that we just received this morning, I must chuckle. We have accepted over 500 orders since our cut off of Sept 15th. How can you stop the requests when the funds are not released until September. We just got Congressional Notice on about a billion $ Thursday night. Of course they were ready for award already and awaiting the funds but still there is a lot of work to finalize the award in the system. We plan to be here till midnight like every year.
  8. The FAR Finance Team sent us this response concerning a revision being made to FAR 11.002. FAR Finance Team’s Response: The FAR should not instruct requiring activities (requiring activities must prepare...) but rather the contracting officer. Therefore, the text was changed to instruct the contracting officer rather than the requiring activity (the contracting officer shall obtain from the requiring activity...). I thought the FAR applied to all members of the Federal Government but at least to the members of the Acquisition team. FAR 1.102-4(e) states: (e) The FAR outlines procurement policies and procedures that are used by members of the Acquisition Team........... So how can they say the FAR should not instruct the requirments office on thier responsibility to prepare the requirements document. I just thought I would see what the WIFCON community thought about this. Maybe I am off base in my thinking.
  9. OK so I post my requirement to Alliant SB and if I do not get two acceptable proposals, I repost it to Alliant LB.
  10. 5 Year IDIQ Contract

    You better start running harder or you may get traded. You were my favorite player but you been slacking lately. Anyway, to your question. I cannot opine on all the reasons there might be something wrong with the contract but it probably has to do with the funds. I assume it is a labor hour contract since you mention annual labor rates. Funds are usually annual and cannot fund more than 365 days from obligation on severable T&M labor hour contracts. So they would not have been available for 5 years as you thought.
  11. Eliminate everything having to do with the service contract inventory reporting by contractors. Seems to just be a back door way of getting head counts that the Government can never give accurately. And guess what? They have never gotten accurate data from it either. FAR 4.17.
  12. And get away with it. And be chosen as Best in Class. They might as well not trained me.
  13. PP Neutral Rating

    If everyone is doing their jobs correctly the past performance information will be in PPIRS. The contractor cannot claim he has none. However, not everyone is getting all their reports into the system. My Agency is about 22%. Everryone says they have no time. Then on the evaluation side, only "relevent" past performance can be considered and their is plenty of protest cases over that. What if it for work in a different NAICS but there is 5 reports in PPIRS (each lower value) that are sat and below. Why should that not be "relevent". Between the CPAR system being too segregated in who can submit reports, password difficulties with the system, and too many protests over the PP evals, the whole system needs to be revamped.
  14. NITAAC vs GSA

    NASA SEWP is where the majority of the COs in my agency go for anything IT related. We are just not that familiar with NITAAC.
  15. How to communicate and collaborate with thier clients. Beiing a team player when appropriate, taking total charge when necessary and knowing when to do each. All the training in the world will not solve someone being emotionally immature and unable to function on a team. Or someone so introverted they block thier cube entrance with a filing cabinet and never leave thier cube.