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FAR 52.212-1 Tailored for SAP

Posted by Don Mansfield in Don Mansfield's Blog, 19 May 2015 · 581 views

I recently gave a course on simplified acquisition procedures where I was again confronted with the use of the provision at FAR 52.212-1 Instructions to Offerors--Commercial Items in requests for quotations (RFQs) issued pursuant to FAR part 13.  (We discussed this issue in the Wifcon forum before here  and here ).  The problem is that...

Part II - A Contracting Trainee and Her Supervisor Discuss Source Selection Evaluation Factors

Posted by Vern Edwards in Vern Edwards' Blog, 06 May 2015 · 954 views

Alice Wonderly, a contracting trainee, is walking back to her cubicle after talking with her OJT supervisor, Mr. Sagesse, a contracting officer with an unlimited warrant. She has been tasked with developing a source selection plan and has been given an old one from which to cut and paste. But she wants to understand what she’s doing. She especially...

Surviving and Thriving in a Changing Government Contract Environment

Posted by NCMAExecutiveDirector in NCMAExecutiveDirector's Blog, 13 April 2015 · 919 views

Embodied within contracting issues today is who is winning awards and who isn’t.  Calls for reform start from the premise that those professionals making the awards (1) take too long; (2) don’t understand their business; (3) need more training; (4) aren’t sensitive to private sector concerns; (5) used the wrong selection methodology...

DIVAD Versus 60 Minutes

Posted by bob7947 in The Wifcon Blog, 08 March 2015 · 860 views

Yesterday, Don Mansfield posted an article entitled Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession .  After reading the digest of the article and bristling at some of the jargon used, I can report on what was written in simple language.  It is:  under some circumstances Army officers can accept a lie as truth.  Why single...

Misunderstanding the Missing Words

Posted by Emptor Cautus in Emptor Cautus' Blog, 23 January 2015 · 995 views

This post is not really so much about misunderstanding the missing words, but the misunderstanding that is created by the missing words when read or hear "All contractors must be treated the same" or "All offerors must be treated equally", or such similar sentences.  It is the part that should come after, but in many cases does not, that concerns me....

The Government's Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing

Posted by Ralph Nash in Professor Ralph Nash's Blog, 28 February 2014 · 3,703 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...

Wifcon.com: My Legacy; My Albatross

Posted by robert_antonio in Bob Antonio's Blog, 23 June 2013 · 3,350 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 · 5,835 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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