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  1. Me thinks that you PUNKtuators are going a wee bit overboard. Let's get away from Oxford and put things into a greener perspective: Erin go Bragh! Here’s to a long life and a merry one, a quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold beer-and another one.
  2. FrankJon, have you done a tradeoff under any FAR procurement method (i.e. 8.4, 13, 15 or 16.5)?
  3. Take a look at Monsieur Edwards timeless essay here: Read his entire essay, but focus on these two paragraphs: 1) Simplified Acquisitions, and 2) Do not follow the FAR Part 15 Process Model when making simplified acquisitions.
  4. You are correct that an IAA is not a contract governed by the FAR, but I have seen some peculiar IAAs with unusual terms. In any event, it is not clear to me if we are addressing the IAA itself or the contracts issued pursuant to the IAA.
  5. Do you, or do you not have written interagency agreement that establishes the general terms and conditions governing the relationship between your agency and the other agency?
  6. What does the written agreement say? See FAR 17.502-1(b )(1) What does your agreement with the other agency say?
  7. A very serious case that, perhaps, could have been avoided, or identified earlier, if the Navy had implemented the appropriate system for monitoring husbanding contracts.
  8. This is a case where Fat shaming is appropriate!
  9. You might wish to read Camden Shipping Corporation, B-406171; B-406323, Feb.27, 2012:
  10. 19.506 -- Withdrawing or Modifying Small Business Set-Asides. (a) If, before award of a contract involving a small business set-aside, the contracting officer considers that award would be detrimental to the public interest (e.g., payment of more than a fair market price), the contracting officer may withdraw the small business set-aside determination whether it was unilateral or joint. The contracting officer shall initiate a withdrawal of an individual small business set-aside by giving written notice to the agency small business specialist and the SBA procurement center representative (or, if a procurement center representative is not assigned, see 19.402(a)) stating the reasons. In a similar manner, the contracting officer may modify a unilateral or joint class small business set-aside to withdraw one or more individual acquisitions. (b) If the agency small business specialist does not agree to a withdrawal or modification, the case shall be promptly referred to the SBA representative (or, if a procurement center representative is not assigned, see 19.402(a)) for review. (c) The contracting officer shall prepare a written statement supporting any withdrawal or modification of a small business set-aside and include it in the contract file.
  11. Speaking of FPDS, the GAO likes it, sufficiently:
  12. These days, most 1102s can't spell FPDS as their automated procurement systems "populate" FPDS automatically. In fact, many, if not most, automatic procurement systems create solicitations and contract awards with minimal involvement by 1102s. Gone are the days when 1102s assembled line items and specs, deliveries, inspections and acceptances and when they reviewed clause and provision prescriptions to assure compliance with FAR and with common sense (e.g. are Sections B, C, L and M consistent internally and with each other?). Gone are the days when they reviewed contract files as they entered data into FPDS. Errors are attributed to the software, not to the 1102 and the COs. Perhaps it's time to modify FAR 1.602 to reflect the new IT reality!
  13. I have a good deal of sympathy with the 1102’s abandonment of his efforts to post a synopsis on FBO. This is particularly true if he abandoned his efforts on FBO in favor of reading, interpreting and applying the FAR correctly and of developing an acquisition strategy that enables his customer to meet its mission. With the wholesale application of IT to procurement over the past 20 years, the procurement knowledge of 1102s has declined noticeably. They spend too much time attempting to comply with arbitrary and capricious IT dictates and too little time reading FAR and GAO decisions interpreting the FAR, doing market research, putting together concise and comprehensible solicitations, and conducting efficient and effective source selections. When I was a young 1102, I didn’t fight with a typewriter or fax machine; a clerk did. Let’s restore an environment where the 1102 masters the FAR and the markets supporting his or her customers, not the incomprehensible software underlying FBO, SPS and FPDS!
  14. When conducting a competition involving a set aside, it is not uncommon to use responsibility factors as evaluation factors (e.g. past performance, personnel résumés). However, one cannot avoid the requirement for a responsibility determination and, if necessary, a certificate of competency, if the factor is evaluated on a “pass/ fail” basis and if the small business contractor’s quote/ proposal is determined to have failed. FitNet Purchasing Alliance File, B-410263, Nov. 26, 2014. See also this decision involving an IFB and an assessment of personnel résumés: Coastal Environmental Group, Inc., B-407563; B-407563.3; B-407563.4, Jan. 14, 2013.