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  1. @Dave T If I were you advising another COR, I would just tell the other person to raise the issue with their CO/KO. The CO can then coordinate with a knowledgable property person. Any answer here is meaningless if the CO and property person doesn’t agree. Plus it’s really impossible to decipher unless we know how the laptops are used in contract performance. Who knows, maybe the current contract arrangement with the other COR is fine. Laptops, other than those used in sensitive situations, are dirt cheap. In some situations, they don’t cost more than a high end smart phone. I would just send the question to the CO and quit worrying.
  2. Here’s another perspective from DAU. I was looking for something else and came across this by accident https://www.dau.edu/aap/pages/ArticleContent.aspx?itemid=18602
  3. APSR. A slip going back to my intern days and early DoD experience. 🙄
  4. ASPR threshold is $5,000 unit price. Unless these are very expensive laptops, the answer is no.
  5. All so true. As a nation we don’t want to get personally involved in meaningful ways. We listen to slanted news coverage, whether it’s CNN, MSNBC, Fox, or whatever and take what is said as gospel. We vigorously argue our views in online forums and news source comments page when we don’t agree. I wonder if anyone in those forums really think they can change the views of another? But in terms of active involvement, everyone stays back so they can complain after the fact not realizing they turn the ruling over to others.
  6. Relocation is not longer a financial hardship. I know of dozens of 1102s that did this and weren’t harmed financially. https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/recruitment-relocation-retention-incentives/fact-sheets/relocation-incentives/ Of course this doesn’t negate family issues, especially children, that involve moving to a new geographical area
  7. Sorry for the slightly off topic response but this hits upon one of my sensitive areas. Why wouldn’t the agency do something other than accept an unsatisfactory rating without doing something? I assume this is just the only source of information they have like from a CPARS report or a survey response. Why not ask the agency giving the unsatisfactory response some information? Why not seek additional information from other customers? I don’t understand why COs aren’t more proactive is obtaining past performance information. They have the latitude. Plus the CO can always ask the offeror to explain the rating unless that’s already occurred.
  8. @Jamaal Valentine I agree. Contracting folks do indeed adhere to what’s modeled for them. “Cut and paste” from other documents, templates and approved samples endorsed by management, office checklists, etc. Creativity and ingenuity often doesn’t exist. So many 1102s just go through the motions with the objective of making a timely award without protests It’s amazing also how the same process gets done so many ways across offices. Some are good practices while others are wrong. Things like requirements for negotiation memorandums, source selection decisions, and even FAR 5.2 announcements differ widely. Just look at the recent thread here on synopsizing for simplified acquisitions over $25,000 in value. Comments about changing jobs to get broader exposure are spot on. So many offices have common practices that are just flat out wrong. They are perpetuated by staff that haven’t worked anyplace else. Plus offices that do all kinds of contracting just don’t exist. Changing jobs to learn new things and obtaining broader exposure in our field is very beneficial. Plus being subjected to new things, new people, and no processes is self-challenging and motivational. Despite how good someone is in their job, people get content and bored with the status quo. Having to start new and prove yourself all over again can be rejuvenating in someone’s career.
  9. Maybe the OFPP Administrator can’t fix everything but if I was in that position I would be screaming for change. I would be sending up flags to the contracting workforce, Congress, and the rest of government. The current process is drastically outdated and broke. Congress and the Administration need to push for change. I don’t think China, North Korea, and other potential adversaries wait months and sometimes years to get contracts in place. Our acquisition workforce is risk adverse. People are afraid to do anything new or different. They need several layers of management and approval for every action they take. Policy people that review actions and lawyers take the conservative route. So many contract specialists when faced with a new procurement cut and paste from prior examples. They do this even when the fit is lacking. I’ve said before that if changes don’t happen and 1102’s don’t demonstrate value and prompt support to agency programs, program managers will be given procurement authority. We need new policies, new laws, new people, and new training and grooming recent hires.
  10. Vern, I agree. But firing someone just isn’t likely in the government. I started browsing the history of OFPP Administrators and surprised to see Lesley Field as number 16. With the exception of Steve Kelman none have any long lasting notable accomplishments. Most are placed in the job to promote whatever the current Administration’s goals are. It seems as if they aren’t supposed to do anything more. What’s needed is an Administrator that can go to Congress and sell them with feasible concepts to improve the process. But does any President and Congress really want that? Certainly recruitment and retention of the workforce is important. And new blood with fresh ideas and motivation is key to the success of any organization. But the current HR process doesn’t support that. It’s antiquated and geared towards personnel practices of the 1970s. I don’t see Lesley Field doing much despite the rhetoric.
  11. Just more alarmist talk and no action to me. This situation has been around for years and nothing of substance is done to change things. Every time some reasonable approach is mentioned for change, multiple factions oppose.
  12. The question with the limited information provided is definitely confusing. My take is the contractor proposed a certain staffing level which the government used to form the price to provide service. Then the contractor starts work but isn’t meeting the contract performance standard, likely because they are providing fewer people than proposed.
  13. The homeowners association in the community I live went out for proposals for the exact services. They did a selection on a technical/price trade off. They considered past performance, technical approach and price. The technical factor for mowing involved assessing the type of equipment offerors used for mowing, blowing and trimming. They felt it was important that mowing be done quickly to minimize disruption to homeowners so larger and faster equipment was a plus. They also wanted to know how offerors would service irrigation lines. Some companies installed sensing equipment to spot leaks and blockages. Some companies replace bad lines while others patch bad sections. They looked for companies that found problems and fixed before homeowners submitted reports. I understand your point and this example is a rarity but there might be good reasons for a TEP.
  14. Yes. Don’t make this unnecessarily complex. You get quotes, evaluate, select, and issue a purchase order. Probably two people can do it - a tech/program person and CO (or KO if DoD)
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