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    Wifcon has a new blogger -- Sterling

    I agree with "formerfed"... many things we do in acquisition are habit-based and are not necessarily required by law/regulation. I am not sure the benefits that might be realized from launching such a class would overcome the cost to launch and maintain the class, especially since one can search almost anything on the Internet. I routinely use the Internet to see how other agencies and governments are contracting for supplies and services. Also, the acquisition community itself is fairly small in nature – I can’t tell you how many times in my career I have used the “phone-a-friend,” philosophy for help and just plain old feedback. I am not saying I wouldn’t be interested to know how other countries conduct their contracting business, I just don’t think a formal class is the method to do that; maybe a virtual teleconference seminar?
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    Firm Fixed Price Level of Effort

    Napolik - Last week I ran across an article that Vern prepared a while back (2004 I believe) titled "The Time and Material Contract: The Time Has Come for a Long, Hard Look." I found it at Wifcon in the Reading Room, it has some excellent points. I realize that T&M contracts are not the only point of discussion in this thread, but I think its a great article and might lend some insight.
  3. Check out the Scope of Part 13 at FAR 13.000 -- it describes parameters for simplified acquisition procedures.
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    Liquidated Damages

    I agree with Charles...liquidated damages are used on a case-by-case basis to ensure the Government is adequately covered in the event that a contractor does not meet the terms and conditions of the contract with respect to delivery or period of performance. They should not be used to penalize a contractor.
  5. I would interpret as follows: You are not required to make an award to the sole HUBZone entity discovered in market research; although, you are authorized by statute and ?may? make a sole source award to a HUBZone entity should you choose to do so (FAR 6.302-5((5)). Here?s my reasoning: FAR 19.1306(a) states ?A contracting officer may award contracts to HUBZone small business concerns on a sole source basis before considering small business set-asides?? (Emphasis on ?may?). If you determine you are not going to award a sole-source contract to the HUBZone entity, then I think you must consider small business set-aside under FAR 19.5 prior to proceeding on an unrestricted basis. Since your market research indicates that you would not have a reasonable expectation of receiving two or more offers from small business concerns then you could proceed on an unrestricted basis (assuming the market research was broad enough to reach all types of business concerns). I imagine the scenario, and question, may really be centered on FAR 19.203( c ) which requires that the ??contracting officer shall first consider an acquisition for the 8(a), HUBZone, or SDVOSB programs before using a small business set-aside?? (Emphasis on ?shall consider?). Again, making the assumption stated earlier, that market research was broad enough; in your scenario, it would appear that due-diligence was made as to ?consideration? of the specified socio-economic programs and you could therefore proceed on an unrestricted basis. Is my thinking too simplistic? Or have I missed anything?
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    What are you reading?

    Currently working on "The Real George Washington," by Parry, Allison and Skosen AND "As Far As You Can Go Without a Passport," by Tom Bodett
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    The Contract File

    Great blog!!! I know people often think I "overdo" it when I document my contract files and to tell you the truth sometimes I get discouraged and wonder if it even matters. Thank you for reminding me that it does matter; and that even if the contract gets filed away in a box, on a shelf, in a cold, dark warehouse, there is a little piece of me in that file and it mattered to me. Maybe it will never be destroyed (by some fluke) and 200 years down the road someone will find the contract pages, yellowed with time and then decide it needs to go under a glass at the Smithsonian...or maybe not (better get my head back down to earth).
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    COs: Follow OMB?s Guidance at Your Peril

    When did the FAR become a "guideline" book rather than a regulation with some portions founded on public law?? I guess I'm too old-fashioned for the new world of contracting.
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    Shortsighted Supervisors

    Vern - I agree completely. One time during an "on-site" two-week training class, I received a letter of counseling for not returning to the office. Don - This is a great idea. Four weeks is a long time, but to get them away from the office and indoctrinated into the FAR/DFARS, etc. is an excellent idea. When I first started out in Contracting, for every question I had, if I didn't come into my supervisor's office with some type of indication that I had read the FAR to try and find my answer, she would send me right back out the door until I had researched the FAR. At the time, I thought that was so stupid and took so much time that I could have better spent "buying more," but now, I thank her profusely. Now I'm trying to pass that on; we've got new 1102s who want the cut and paste version of creating a contract document and don't want to take the time to learn the basic "why's." And they too, roll their eyeballs as they are walking away after I have asked them if they've read the FAR, but I know what it's going to produce and will continue to try and point them in the direction--rather than giving them the answer.
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    Can you explain yourself?

    Great information, thanks.
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    Thinking About The Tool

    Vern - I couldn't agree with you more! This is a great article. However, I have an alternate theory to your statement, "because we've got this tool and we're never going back to the days of handcraftsmanship." I predict that ?the tool? will eventually evolve into a beast so cumbersome that it will totally breakdown and we will be forced to return to handcrafting an honest-to-goodness contract. You know, at home, I have finally reached the point where I have gone through so many ?new and improved,? ?guaranteed never to fail? vacuum cleaners that I?ve given up; I ripped out all the carpet and now use a broom ? old fashioned, sweeping back and forth method!! I think my theory may be founded, don?t you?
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    Small Business Order of Priority Table (HOLD THE PRESS!)

    This information is great. We have several new folks in our office, and we've been bantering this information back and forth...the table will help. Thanks