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    No special interests, really. Kind of a jack-of-all-trades/master-of-none kind of person.

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  1. I've read plenty of award-winning novels that were able to tell a cracking good story in less than 508 pages.
  2. So I tried to read through the new final rule, "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" -- and thanks Bob (once again) for keeping me informed on new regulations. Anyway, the .pdf version clocked in at 508 pages long. 508 pages. That was not a typo. Is this some kind of record? I'm used to reading proposed and final FAR rules, but the length of this one defeated me. I guess I'll wait for the law firms to summarize the new requirements.
  3. Unrelated to contracting, N.K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season just won the Hugo Award for best SF/Fantasy novel of 2015. I highly recommend it. It is lyrical and fierce and subtly didactic. NPR reviews the book: H2H
  4. It's a beautiful home, Bob.
  5. Vern,
  6. Not sure if that was directed at me or a general yelling at clouds, but in case it was directed at me, we were not intimidated. The company hired some expensive attorneys who filed 4 separate claims at the CoFC, and settled them for what was felt to be reasonable amounts. It's a bit fuzzy now but I don't think we even had to go through discovery to get to the settlements.
  7. Well, I could share the auditors' rationale, if it existed. But unfortunately they had none. Or at least nothing that I can recall. It was far from the most egregious finding they "found" that year.
  8. I'm not going to post anything about that time when DCAA alleged that the company's account with Southern California Edison, to supply electricity for the entire plant, was a subcontract. I'm not going to post anything about the need to provide a contractual agreement with the "subcontractor." Nope. On the bright side, they didn't allege SCE was a consultant, the way they did with our environmental remediation provider, who had been cleaning up a former site for the past 20 years. H2H
  9. If you begin work then presumably you are having personnel charge time for performing work. Where do you propose they charge their time? Time has to be charged somewhere.... Unless you are proposing that company personnel perform work and just not record the associated labor hours? Or perhaps you are proposing that company personnel perform work and then -- after contract award -- record those pre-award hours as if they were post-award hours? Because if that's where you're at, I really, strongly, recommend you reconsider your plans.
  10. No. "Incurred" does not mean "performed". As Retreadfed has correctly posted, the definition of "incurred" may very well depend on context. But I generally equate "incurred" with "recorded". For example, a contractor can record the cost of material at different points in time. Some record the cost upon receipt of an invoice; others record the cost upon receipt of the goods; others record the cost upon payment of an invoice. In fact, CAS permits at least 5 different timing choices (see Disclosure Statement at 2.3.0). When costs are recorded to a government contract (cost objective) they are deemed to have been incurred with respect to that contract. Normally they are not deemed to have been incurred until they have been recorded on the contractor's books and records. Hope this helps
  11. When I apply for a new position, I emphasize my business degree (Economics). But I obtained that degree from a liberal arts college.
  12. Pepe, Heinlein was a product of his times, and those times were (at a minimum) three full generations ago. I grant you that. My quote was more to get folks thinking (as you did!) rather than to imply I agree with Heinlein or that I was espousing his fairly unique views of competency. That said, I like the idea of an acquisition "professional" who can deploy where needed, as needed. And I also like specialized training focused on the skills and knowledge necessary for today's position, as well as to help prepare for tomorrow's position. I'm not even going to claim those two "likes" are consistent. *Shrug* I contain multitudes.
  13. Many contractors divide the profession into three fields -- prime contract management, subcontract management, and purchasing. Most contractor employees specialize into one of those three categories. My old boss, Bill, used to tell us he didn't want specialization. He wanted professionals who could negotiate a prime contract, manage a subcontract, or order parts out of a catalog. He wanted to move his staff where necessary to follow the workload. I haven't seen his approach used in very many places. “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” ― Robert A. Heinlein
  14. Joel you may well be correct. But to your comment, remember that a cost-type CLIN requires that an invoice be supported by allowable, actual, costs. If somebody is going to make a billing adjustment, there must be an associated adjustment to the cost records. Material is often easier than labor, but not always.
  15. Sure. This is especially true if one CLIN is FFP and the other is Cost-Type. But think this through. Who pays for the labor involved in processing that credit/debit transaction? Obviously it's the contractor but either the contractor is going to charge the program for the effort as a direct cost, or else the contractor is going to charge the cost transfer activity to its overhead. And if you make the contractor do enough of these inter-contract transfers, it will have to hire additional personnel. And then its overhead rate will go up. If you ever wonder why a contractor's rates are so high, here's a great example of what drives them up.