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DIVAD vs. 60 Minutes

Posted by bob7947 in The Wifcon Blog, 06 March 2015 · 46 views

Yesterday, Don Mansfield posted a topic 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 simplest terms.  It is:  humans can accept a lie as truth.  I've written about that before.
 
The...

Misunderstanding the Missing Words

Posted by Emptor Cautus in Emptor Cautus' Blog, 23 January 2015 · 519 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....

Defending the FAR

Posted by NCMAExecutiveDirector in NCMAExecutiveDirector's Blog, 23 December 2014 · 656 views

(Adapted from Federal Times post dated November 24, 2014.)
 
Acquisition reform discussions are again in full swing. Everyone agrees there is room for improvement in contractor-dependent government services and mission. But no consensus exists on what sort of improvement we need. We know that products and service delivery can take too long, don't...

Army Contracting Command Guilty of Noncompliance with a Nonexistent Rule

Posted by Don Mansfield in Don Mansfield's Blog, 01 December 2014 · 1,409 views

In a recent DoD IG report, the Army Contracting Command was cited for its failure to perform "component assessments" on 23 contracts subject to the Buy American Act (see DoD IG Report No. 2015-026 ).  The report states as follows:




Not having ever heard of such a requirement, I checked the reference to this requirement, which was allegedly locate...

The Definitions Contest: The Winner

Posted by Vern Edwards in Vern Edwards' Blog, 05 September 2014 · 1,618 views

Who won?
 
I received entries from the following Wifcon members:
 
jonmjohnson
wvanpup
Just Me
Whynot
MLCM
August
hereiskim
jukulend
 
Here_2_Help also submitted one, but it was received after the deadline.
 
The entries were posted for all to see. I also posted my own definitions.
 
With help from a couple of friends I reviewed t...

The Government's Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing

Posted by Ralph Nash in Professor Ralph Nash's Blog, 28 February 2014 · 3,251 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 · 3,077 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 · 5,143 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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