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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. OK so I post my requirement to Alliant SB and if I do not get two acceptable proposals, I repost it to Alliant LB.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. And get away with it. And be chosen as Best in Class. They might as well not trained me.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. H - clause vs FAR/DFAR

    Now we get information that Gabriel should have provided in the first post. Kicked down the road for 4 years and $10B involved? Plus I read about a BOA (what has that to do with the contract). Sounds like the legal departments need to hash this out. Or do as Don suggested and issue a final decision before the legal teams fight it out. $10B would make me do everything in my power to push Section H at the Governement.
  11. TEP = Sum of Labor Rates

    Remember that GSA has pioneered awarding IDIQ contracts with no pricing at all for which there will be competition at the task order level. The GAO overruled the protest against that method. So it is not so clear cut anymore.
  12. These are all overseas contracts so SCA does not apply.
  13. All, I am not very good at trying to research historical information on why actions are the way they are. The subject tax law allows us to renegotiate price for unexpected business taxes charged the contractor but does not allow us to increase the price for social security and other employement taxes levied on the workers. Why not? Could someone with good research skills see if the Federal Register or FAR council explained why this is. If they are working in one of our conflict zones and the host country suddenly pulls 15% of thier pay, they want to be made whole again or they threaten to head for the next plane out. They are there to make money, not for the scenery. So why can we make a contractor whole but not his employees?
  14. Is the CPCM worth getting?

    I think I learned a lot preparing for the test. The exam was more difficult than any I took in college so I was very proud to pass it. My management was impressed as many are NCMA members and that sure did not hurt my rise from intern to Division Director in minimal time. I kind of like seeing the CPCM in my signature block too.
  15. Our form (DS-1910 automated) has to go to the small business office even if it is a 100% set aside for small business. They get to help us decide which socio-economic category we should be using. Our published pecking order for this year (several years) is HUBZONE, SDVOSB, and WOSB. So the COs must prove with market research that each in turn cannot meet the need. If none can, then you can go regular small business or large business as justified. The form is very similar to the DoD form in content but not looks of course. It is passed electronically in our MyData system.
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