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A Visit From the FAR Council

Posted by bob7947, 18 December 2014 · 54 views

I've seen the FAR Council issue FACs at the end of the year, especially near the holidays.  So this year, I did some analysis.  Since I have been tracking FACs since before the year 2000, it was an easy task to figure out when the FACs were released.  Since 2000, or for the past 15 years, there have been 188 FACs is...


The Contract for "Pook Turtles"

Posted by bob7947, 20 November 2014 · 428 views

No, they are not candy; no they are not turtles.  However, they did have an iron shell.  Pook Turtles were designed by Samuel M. Pook and were the "City Class" of armored gunboats that sailed the Mississippi and its tributaries beginning in early 1862. They were called Pook Turtles because people thought they looked like turt...


Why GAGAS Should Make You Gag

Posted by bob7947, 11 October 2014 · 700 views

For those of you who are not familiar with the auditing world, GAGAS is the acronym for Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards and it is written and maintained by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  Compliance with GAGAS is mandatory for an auditor during the conduct of an audit and a memo noting compliance with GAGAS should b...


Offer and Acceptance, Contracting Authority, Etc.

Posted by bob7947, 26 August 2013 · 2,689 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...


A Little "Christian Doctrine" For You

Posted by bob7947, 14 August 2013 · 3,281 views

It's not a religious thing; it's a contracting thing — G. L. Christian style.  We've all heard of the "Christian Doctrine."  Here is how one judge of the Court of Federal Claims applied it to Bay County, Florida v. U. S., No. 11-157C , August 14, 2013 — released today.  You can read the entire 11-page opinion or you c...


Part 2: Too Many Contracting Committees; Too Many Contracting Laws

Posted by bob7947, 10 August 2013 · 1,266 views

In my last post on the Wifcon Blog, I proposed a House and Senate Committee on Contracting and Assistance.  Why, you might ask?  Remember the Clinger-Cohen Act ?  It was part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996, P. L 104-106 .  What about the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011 ?  It was part of the...


The House and Senate Committees on Contracting and Assistance

Posted by bob7947, 08 August 2013 · 957 views

I had planned to write a detailed article about my plan for the above committees.  However, I'm never going to get to it.  So, I'm going to try a series of quick posts to get my thoughts published.  Don't tell me that these committees will never be formed.  I know they won't.  Committees and subcommittees are entities ru...


"A Propinquent Level Of Bureaucratic Service And Consideration"

Posted by bob7947, 04 July 2013 · 2,755 views

 
Imagine quoting on a procurement in which you submitted the lowest-priced, technically acceptable quote. Instead of winning the award, you were told that your quote was unacceptable and ineligible for award because you did not possess the requisite facility clearance prior to award. Although you submitted your facility clearance...


American Apparel Left Me Wondering

Posted by bob7947, 01 July 2013 · 1,537 views

GAO supplies us with its contracting rules in bid protest decisions.  These rules are repeated and this is one of the reasons I provide key excerpts from bid protest decisions on Wifcon.com's Bid Protest pages.  If you read these rules repeatedly, you will remember them. For example, here is a rule on what GAO reviews on a pa...


Protester Wins Substance Of Protest; Still Loses

Posted by bob7947, 26 May 2013 · 897 views

In Lockheed Propulsion Company; Thiokol Corporation, B-173677, June 24, 1974 , GAO issued its bid protest decision on the Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) Project for the Space Shuttle Program.  This decision was issued before the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had its first SRM and before it had its first Space Shuttle.One part of the Lockh...






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