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Thinking Critically About Word Choice: Is "Tradecraft" the Right Word?

Posted by Don Mansfield in Don Mansfield's Blog, 16 October 2015 · 1,075 views

 “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty,...

Could Lucy Ellen Find Happiness at DPSC?

Posted by bob7947 in The Wifcon Blog, 27 June 2015 · 1,539 views

On June 20, 2015, Vern Edwards introduced us to F & F Laboratories, Inc., ASBCA 33007, 89-1 BCA ¶ 21207 (Sept. 14, 1988).

In early 1986, the Defense Personnel Support Center (DPSC) awarded a contract to F & F Laboratories, Inc. (F & F) for "starch jelly bars" as part of the military's abandon ship ration procurement. F & F offered...

Part III - The Trainees Discuss Decision Analysis With Mr. Ewing

Posted by Vern Edwards in Vern Edwards' Blog, 04 June 2015 · 1,857 views

Alice Wonderly has read the article given to her by Mr. Ewing. She shared it with other trainees in her program and they’ve discussed it, but they have questions. So Alice telephones Mr. Ewing to set up a meeting.
Alice: Hi Mr. Ewing. I read the article you gave me and I wonder if you’d have some time to talk with me about it. I wro...

Surviving and Thriving in a Changing Government Contract Environment

Posted by NCMAExecutiveDirector in NCMAExecutiveDirector's Blog, 13 April 2015 · 1,802 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...

Misunderstanding the Missing Words

Posted by Emptor Cautus in Emptor Cautus' Blog, 23 January 2015 · 2,444 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 · 4,842 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 · 4,107 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 · 7,383 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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