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Is “Neutral” Neutral?

Posted by Emptor Cautus in Emptor Cautus' Blog, 15 April 2014 · 416 views

BLUF:  No.  Or, just maybe, it depends.
[For those of you who are unfamiliar with BLUF, it stands for “Bottom Line Up Front”.  If you’re required to give presentations to high ranking officials on a repetitive basis, you learn their foibles.  Some will listen patiently to your entire presentation, no matter how...

Section 1331 Authorities: A Primer

Posted by Don Mansfield in Don Mansfield's Blog, 09 April 2014 · 248 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...

What is a contract? What is contract management?

Posted by Vern Edwards in Vern Edwards' Blog, 28 March 2014 · 1,031 views

What follows is a draft that I have written for general descriptive and explanatory purposes on the topics: "What is a contract?" and "What is contract management?" It is intended to be brief and introductory in nature. The intended audience is contract managers, prospective contract managers, and personnel managers in both the public and private sectors...

The Government's Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing

Posted by Ralph Nash in Professor Ralph Nash's Blog, 28 February 2014 · 1,130 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...

LPTA: Misplaced Controversy?

Posted by NCMAExecutiveDirector in NCMAExecutiveDirector's Blog, 07 February 2014 · 932 views

Lately there has been considerable concern regarding the government’s greater reliance on a minimum acceptable technical standard for performance, thus leaving the remaining selection criteria to low price. The fear is that this is squeezing contractor margins concurrent with a “race to the bottom” in the quality in performance of govern...

Offer and Acceptance, Contracting Authority, Etc.

Posted by bob7947 in The Wifcon Blog, 26 August 2013 · 1,852 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 · 2,055 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 · 3,449 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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