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  1. Here_2_Help Good point and it's exactly what the owners wanted to avoid (nice guys who are just nice guys). They had plenty of people they liked, just wanted someone else's opinion on their working knowledge. In a mid-size company, the wrong hire can either triple their need for outside counsel or cost them everything. - FF
  2. Vern, As stated in the first sentence, this is a position in a mid-size company (private sector obviously). I can see the opinion that asking about the Christian Doctrine was "petty" but hear me out. I believe it's important for anyone leading a contracts department to know FAR clauses can be part of your contract even if they're not actually in your contract. This has come up multiple times throughout my career. This was also a good way to discuss their understanding of what/when does the FAR apply a private company's contract. You would be surprised, well... you wouldn't be surprised...
  3. A friend of mine is looking for someone to head their contracts department; mid-size company that does most of its work in the Federal space. He didn’t have anyone in-house with extensive senior level contracting experience so he asked me to perform one part of the interview screening just to discuss contracts and make a recommendation. This position would have 1 or 2 direct reports of entry to mid-level contracts persons to support and mentor. This position would report directly to the C-level of the company and provide guidance on contractual issues/risks and manage its day to day contract
  4. You need to find out what your Prime's contract considers local travel. Typically anything within 25 miles of a duty station or performance location is not reimbursable. Again, that's 'typical' - I don't know your prime's contract or yours so it's really hard to say.
  5. I've seen more COTR's get charged than COs. Back when I when I still worked as Government employee, I watched one COTR get walked off base in handcuffs right in front of me. He later was charged and convicted of steering millions of dollars in contracts and taking bribes.
  6. wvanpup: Your post doesn't make sense to me. By statute, a GAO bid protest may be filed by any “interested party,” 31 U.S.C. §3553(a) or any “actual or prospective bidder or offeror whose direct economic interest would be affected by the award of the contract or by failure to award the contract.” 31 U.S.C. §3551(2)(A) Moreover, because of the focus on direct economic interest, GAO often requires that contractors both (1) have bid or offered and (2) be next in line for the award if the protest is sustained for them to be recognized as interested parties. Because they lack these direct econo
  7. I recently used some of the points Daniel Gordon has in his article to talk my CEO out of protesting an award. Great Article.
  8. I read the article under the Analysis section of Wifcon and was shocked at some of the statements: "Source selections always carry the risk of litigation. The bad news is there is no way to eliminate the possibility of a protest because the cost is minimal—some describe it as the price of a postage stamp." "Losing offerors are prime protest candidates. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain." Protests are very time consuming for a corporation and the use of outside counsel can costs tens of thousands of dollars. And it's a great way to piss off a customer - sure, they shouldn't hold
  9. I figured the "two months" issue was due to end of fiscal year. If it's all the time, not sure what to tell you.
  10. It's Fixed Price, you don't know the cost. I don't see a problem with a no-cost mod to change the SOW especially when both parties agree it's in each other's best interest. I'm not giving legal advice though, this is my opinion based on experience. As a contractor, I've absorbed costs for changes which came up right before or during a project all the time. It's usually the labor and/or travel which could be effected by waiting. It's not worth paying employees to sit around (or paying per diem, hotels if it's a project we traveled to) while I'm waiting on change order unless it's a substan
  11. This topic always gets you guys fired up
  12. You should also talk to you legal dept to see if the vendor is considered a "business associate" as defined in 45 C.F.R § 160.103 (also see the Electronic Protection Health Information EPHI also found there). Again, not sure what their doing so I can't really help you. And I strongly suggest that you not find a template and try to make a square peg fit into a round hole. I'm sure you're familiar with HIPAA-AS
  13. Did you get a proposal from the third-party medical biller? The program folks should have given you more than just how much their getting paid - what are they going to do (i.e. SOW). I'm sure the company has SLA's that are typical for their type of work; I don't know how you could generate them without knowing what they're commuting to doing.
  14. A write up seems overboard. Who'd you piss off?
  15. I did 6 years as a Fed before going private - the money is way better and much more rewarding if you're willing to put in the time/energy to get it. In the 10+ years I've worked in the private sector, I've watched how COs rarely last longer than my contracts now. The CO's I worked with years ago seemed more in control of the contract than CO's now. I see few very good COs now; too many let their COTRs push them around. I think is because CO work has become more standardized and the "power" that someone running a program has over someone that's viewed as only administering paperwork. If I di
  16. Also, are you expecting the PM to work on a Gov site or Contractor site?
  17. You want the services of a PM 100% of the time but the PM can't charge to the contract? You realize you're going to pay for that PM regardless as it's only going to drive up the contractor's billable rates. You're paying for it either way. Have the PM charge to you can 'accept' the hours/services. It's not going to be that easy if they're on overhead. And if you insist on the PM being on overhead - the odds of that PM staying 100% dedicated to the program is low .
  18. Where is there a competitive advantage? And for who?
  19. Retread Do you know what a Teaming Agreement is in the Private sector? I'm very familiar with the case and you're way off
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