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  1. Signing Contractor Employees' Timecards

    (Emphasis added.) I'm confused. How does the Government FTE "concur" on a timesheet? What is the mechanism? Is it a signature? If so, what does the signature signify, from a legal/contractual point of view? Further, are your personnel concurring on contractor timesheets or on contractor invoices? Or both?

    I believe you are asking the wrong group of people for these things. I suggest you hire a good consultant to help you with these things.
  3. As with any large population, attributes are distributed in a more-or-less Bell curve. Sometimes you get the CO on the good tail of the distribution; other times you get the CO on the other tail. One thing I've noticed is that the population of contract specialists, cost monitors and the like seems to be sprinkled with contractors. These contractors are nice folks who show up late to the party, don't understand the acquisition strategy, and still try to do their jobs the best they can. Results tend to be suboptimal, from my perspective.
  4. Section 803(g)(3) of the 2018 NDAA states: (Emphasis added.) What does that mean in layperson's terms? Does that mean when the bill was signed into law, or when somebody issues implementing regulations, or what?
  5. What Does "Enactment" Mean?

    Again, did you check the dates in the hypothetical? Seems to me it's a 12-month cycle. Oh, well. I guess we'll see...
  6. What Does "Enactment" Mean?

    Retreadfed, You are quoting from Section 803, and I asked you to read the MRD. I think the MRD clarifies that the one-year clock starts ticking when the proposal is received. From that time, 60 days to determine adequacy and 10 more months to finish audit procedures and to issue the report. A total of 12 months, not 14. That's how I read it, anyway.
  7. What Does "Enactment" Mean?

    Thank you for responding. It's not a matter of belief.
  8. What Does "Enactment" Mean?

    So are people who are not attorneys. Further, the Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, established an interpretative approach based on "standard dictionary definitions and other pertinent regulations"--expressly excluding other expert sources' definitions. (Rumsfeld v. United Technologies Corp, Jan. 2003.) You can certainly argue that a Legal Dictionary definition is a "standard dictionary definition," if you'd like. But I'm not sure that Judge Dyk would agree. He favored Webster's Third New International Dictionary.
  9. What Does "Enactment" Mean?

    As I read the MRD the 12 month timeclock starts upon receipt, not upon a determination of adequacy. Look again at the dates in the example. Do you now agree, or have I missed something?
  10. What Does "Enactment" Mean?

    California’s five-year drought, which ended in 2016, had state officials scrambling to enact their own water restrictions. — Aryn Baker, TIME.com, "What It’s Like to Live Through Cape Town’s Massive Water Crisis," 8 Feb. 2018 Proposals placed on the ballot will need support from at least 60 percent of the voters to be enacted. — Sun-Sentinel.com, "Florida constitution panel comes to South Florida," 6 Feb. 2018
  11. FAR coverage is adequate if enforced, and discipline for intentional violation is consistently meted out. Otherwise, no. We need to revise Title 18.
  12. What Does "Enactment" Mean?

    I don't know, Vern. That's why I asked. You make it sound straightforward but lawyers are involved. When that happens, nothing is straightforward, in my experience. In particular I was concerned about "enacted into law" versus "enacted by regulation." I wondered if there might be some nuance I should be concerned about. Glad to see I have nothing to worry about.
  13. What Does "Enactment" Mean?

    MRD 18-PIC-001, dated 29 January 2018. FYI, DCAA doesn't post all its MRDs. The ones it chooses to post are released at a pace that I would consider to be very slow. PM me with your email address and I will send it to you.
  14. What Does "Enactment" Mean?

    Thanks all. DCAA recently issued audit guidance that assumed "date of enactment" was the date the bill was signed into law -- 12/17/2017. I was just looking for independent opinions regarding that assumption.
  15. Honestly, I think a number of people are fed up with seemingly infinite extensions of incumbency because of reasons (some legit, others not so much). This is what you get when you don't get contracts awarded timely. And I didn't see anybody here up in arms about measuring PALT. In my view, that's another message from our fiends (sic) in Congress that they believe (rightly or wrongly) that acquisition results can be improved, in terms of timely contract awards.
  16. The key issue, which both Vern and Joel have already noted, is that we do not know if the contractor must deliver hours by specified individual, or by defined labor category, or simply by anybody with the basic qualifications. The reason this matters is that individuals do get sick and take leave, but companies do not. In other words, the government may reasonably expect the contractor to have additional personnel on hand to fill in when people get sick or take leave, such that the required hours are still delivered. If individuals (e.g., key personnel) are being specified, you bid their actual expected availability at their actual expected pay rates; but if not then you bid the hours as specified and make sure you have the workforce available to deliver those hours. The latter approach includes blending of expected pay rates to calculate a composite average.
  17. Plan of Action for SB Goals

    Twice now I've developed first-time SB plans for contractors. Twice now the companies wanted the plans but they didn't want policies, procedures or anything that would show HOW the goals were going to be reached. They didn't want any changes to their org structures. They wanted the plans to show their prime, or their contracting officers, but that was all. Depressing.
  18. I'm having a hard time understanding why this "offer" would be entertained. The only thing I could come up with is that the agency feels that it has fallen short of its bid protest quota, and needs to create more reasons that disappointed bidders will file protests.
  19. Commercial Item Justification

    StePa, I agree with your approach. If it helps at all, there is a brand new DFARS rule (which obviously applies to government contracting officers, not prime buyers) that basically requires a prior CID to be accepted as valid, unless the CO can show why not.
  20. Commercial Item Justification

    Can you please clarify? Do you sell the same type of parts, without the minor mods that are "customarily available in the marketplace", to customers other than this prime? If so, can you demonstrate that? Can you demonstrate that the mods you make are, in fact, "customarily available in the marketplace"?
  21. Defense Small Business (Act)

    I like Pepe's Frog vision.
  22. 1. This is a legal question. I'm not a lawyer! But I suspect a lawyer would tell you that the company needs to disclose all facts. Right now, there is an intention to explore a future sale, but no deal. There does not seem to be even an identified buyer. Is the intent to explore a possible future sale a fact? Maybe. 2. What information could the company include at this point? Obviously, as the deal develops there will be more information; but right now? Not much. Just an intent to find a suitor and to explore a possible future sale if the price and terms are right. Seems pretty vague to me. 3 and 4. There are recent bid protests on this topic, having to do with Lockheed, SAIC, and Leidos. And those are just off the top of my head. You should research them. Hope this helps.
  23. January 2018 Volume 1 Report

    From my interactions with certain team members, this was always the intention. They told me they were going bold. (In candor I didn't take them all the seriously.) I suspect they needed to get their ducks aligned before going public with some of these recommendations.
  24. January 2018 Volume 1 Report

    Just finished skimming Section 2, Contract Compliance and Audit. It seems like the adults have (finally) shown up. I'm still skeptical that the recommendations will survive DCAA attacks and political maneuvering, but I like what I read.
  25. First-Tier Subcontract Reporting

    Two thoughts. 1. Better to get compliant now rather than worry about how things might look. 2. Compliance with 52.204-10 is checked during CPSRs. You may not qualify for a CPSR now, but you will one day. It would be smarter to have good habits in place before that day comes.