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  1. You may want to check NCMA and or Bloomberg Government as a source. I found a report by NCMA and Bloomberg Government on 2013 Government Contracting that contained data on 1102 work force "Total Number of 1102s, 1998–2013" and "Average Number of Contract Dollars Obligated Per 1102" and they may have better data in a more recent report. Here's the link for reference: https://www.govexec.com/media/gbc/docs/pdfs_edit/061914cc3.pdf
  2. I would check within your Department/Agency for new supervisor training. When I became a supervisor for the first time I found I had the technical knowledge and experience but very little when it came to being a supervisor. Leadership is nice but if you have a subordinate that needs to be placed on a Performance Improvement Plan do you, as the supervisor, know what that entails and how to do it? For reference below is a link from OPM on Supervisory Leadership Development: https://www.opm.gov/wiki/training/Supervisory-Leadership-Development/Print.aspx In light of the Pandemic
  3. Department of Commerce website has information on DPAS that may be useful to you: https://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/other-areas/strategic-industries-and-economic-security-sies/defense-priorities-a-allocations-system-program-dpas
  4. The DOD office that you can contact for DPAS assistance is the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy. They are delegated authority from the Dept. of Commerce (DOC) that administers the Defense Production Act and related Executive Orders. The DOC website has a briefing package for Industry. The link is as follows: https://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/other-areas/strategic-industries-and-economic-security-sies/defense-priorities-a-allocations-system-program-dpas From the slide deck: "In the event of a problem a person should immediately contact the co
  5. See FAR Subpart 33.1 Protests for information on protest to the Agency, to GAO, and to US Court of Federal Claims. Per GAO: "In general, a protest challenging the terms of a solicitation must be filed before the time for receipt of initial proposals. A protest challenging the award of a contract must be filed within 10 days of when a protester knows or should know of the basis of the protest (a special case applies where, under certain circumstances, the protester receives a required debriefing). Please be aware that the regulations regarding the timely filing of protests depend on the c
  6. Have you looked at Defense Acquisition University "Ask a Professor" website? If not you may find it helpful. Here's the link: https://www.dau.edu/aap/Pages/home.aspx Another resource you may want to check is the National Contract Management Association. Here's the link: https://www.ncmahq.org/
  7. I would suggest you consider submitting an REA. If that is denied than you can pursue a claim. Here's an interesting read that is on REA vs. Claim: REA or Claim (2).doc
  8. In addition to the eCFR I would also suggest you use the General Services Administration web site Acquisition.gov https://www.acquisition.gov/ This site has the FAR and links to Department/Agency FAR supplements. In addition you can sign up for email alerts when proposed/final rules for FAR changes are issued.
  9. If you are a Government subcontractor your company is required to have a written code of business ethics and conduct and should have information on how to disclose violations - see FAR Subpart 3.10 - Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct. I would refer to this code and follow what it says for reporting your issue.
  10. IAW FAR 15.506 (d)(2) a debriefing shall include the overall evaluated cost or price (including unit prices) and technical rating, if applicable, of the successful offeror and the debriefed offeror, and past performance information on the debriefed offeror.
  11. An agency may modify a contract without running afoul of the Competition in Contracting Act, so long as the the modification is deemed “in scope.” An “out of scope” modification, on the other hand, is improper–and may be protested at GAO. GAO states that the Competition in Contracting Act ordinarily requires “the use of competitive procedures” to award government work. However, “[o]nce a contract is awarded…[it] will generally not review modifications to the contract because such matters are related to contract administration and are beyond the scope of [its] bid protest function.” W
  12. Many years ago Vern Edwards provided tips for contractors. I have found this advice valuable throughout my career and they may be valuable to the OP so I provide them as follows: "...Here are 14 tips for the Truly Clueless Would-Be Government Contractors who think that winning a government contract is the yellow brick road to riches: 1. If you are thinking of competing for a government contract, hire good professional help to negotiate and manage the contract, and listen to them. 2. Your technical and marketing employees are the ones who are going to get you into trouble on a
  13. To determine if a clause or provision should be full text or incorporated by reference see the policy at FAR 52.102 Incorporating provisions and clauses. To determine if a clause or provision should be in a solicitation or contract you need to review the prescription for each clause or provision to determine whether or not it should be included. I have not worked by the adage that a clause is self deleting. If a clause in a contract does not apply then it should have not been included in the first place or it should be removed by contract modification. I hope this helps.
  14. When I first started out I was given an Individual Development Plan (IDP) that I was to follow for the first two years. It listed the formal training (class room and online) and on the job training I was to achieve over those first two years. The on the job training started with small purchases, small dollar single source negotiated actions thru closeout actions. Here's a link for further research on IDP: https://www.opm.gov/WIKI/training/Individual-Development-Plans.ashx If your organization does not use or have an IDP then I would suggest that when you meet with your superv
  15. You may be able to rent a backhoe from GSA and use the GPC to make the payment. Here's the GSA Short Term Rentals (STR) website for further research: https://www.gsa.gov/buying-selling/products-services/transportation-logistics-services/vehicle-leasing/fleet-solutions/short-term-rentals-str
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