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Recommended Reading

Posted by Vern Edwards in Vern Edwards' Blog, 13 July 2014 · 488 views

An assortment of books that I've looked at during the past year and that you might find to be of interest. Listed within each category by date.
1. The Art of Thinking Clearly , Dobelli (2013)
An informal, nontechnical, anecdotal presentation of good thinking practices. Short chapters with titles like: "Why You Shoul...

Blow Up the System?

Posted by NCMAExecutiveDirector in NCMAExecutiveDirector's Blog, 10 July 2014 · 404 views

I recently read an article from a respected source proposing to “blow up” the current acquisition process because it currently takes too long to deliver goods and services and doesn’t provide what everyone needs. While this makes great headlines, generates discussion, and spotlights the concern, it doesn’t constructively solve anyt...

FAR Eliminates Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA)

Posted by Emptor Cautus in Emptor Cautus' Blog, 10 July 2014 · 342 views

Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-73, effective May 29, 2013, eliminated the Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA). 
Now that I have your attention, the FAC did not eliminate the TINA.  What the FAC did was to rename The TINA “Truthful Cost or Pricing Data”.  This was just one of a number of changes to the Federal Acquis...

Section 1331 Authorities: A Primer

Posted by Don Mansfield in Don Mansfield's Blog, 09 April 2014 · 626 views

     Section 1331 of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111-240) recognizes the significant opportunities that exist to increase small business participation on multiple award contracts and the ability of set-asides— the most powerful small business contracting tool—to unlock these opportun...

The Government's Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing

Posted by Ralph Nash in Professor Ralph Nash's Blog, 28 February 2014 · 1,923 views

The long-standing principle that the federal government had the same implied duty of good faith and fair dealing as any commercial buyer was put in jeopardy by a 2010 decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Precision Pine & Timber, Inc. v. U.S. , 596 F.3d 817 (Fed. Cir. 2010). There a panel of the court adopted a narrow rule...

Offer and Acceptance, Contracting Authority, Etc.

Posted by bob7947 in The Wifcon Blog, 26 August 2013 · 2,202 views

In Thomas F. Neenan, as Trustee of the Thomas F. Neenan, Sr., Revocable Trust, v. U. S., No. 11-733C, August 22, 2013 , you are taken through some of the basics of federal contracting.  How many basic points can you identify in this 10-page opinion?  I've listed those that I identified below: 
1.  Offer and acceptance, unc...

Wifcon.com: My Legacy; My Albatross

Posted by robert_antonio in Bob Antonio's Blog, 23 June 2013 · 2,342 views

Shortly after we celebrate our country's independence on July 4, 2013, Wifcon.com will end its 15th year on the internet. With much help from the Wifcon.com community, I've raised a growing teenager. When I started, I was 49 and my hair was so thick that I often shouted ouch or some obscenity when I combed it. Wifcon.com has existed in 3 decades an...

Flow Down of Mandatory FAR and DFARS Clauses are Handled Poorly by Contractors

Posted by PhilBail in PhilBail's Blog, 17 July 2012 · 3,882 views

Generally speaking, contractors flow mandatory FAR and DFARS clauses to vendors in a haphazard, incoherent manner with very little updating as changes to clauses occur.  Some contractors post a huge list of clauses on their website and refer to them on vendor Purchase Orders (PO's) - telling the vendors they are responsible for complying with the clau...

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