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GAO's Most Prevalent Reasons for Sustaining Protests

Posted by bob7947, 27 December 2015 · 846 views

The Competition in Contracting Act of 1984 requires the Government Accountability Office (GA0) to report to the U. S. Congress annually when government agencies fail to fully implement its bid protest recommendations. GAO has posted these reports on its website since fiscal year (FY) 1995. Initially, these reports provided little information but by F...

Could Lucy Ellen Find Happiness at DPSC?

Posted by bob7947, 27 June 2015 · 1,753 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...

DIVAD Versus 60 Minutes

Posted by bob7947, 08 March 2015 · 1,816 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...

A Visit From the FAR Council

Posted by bob7947, 18 December 2014 · 1,468 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 the beginning of 2000, or for the past 15 years, there have...

The Contract for "Pook Turtles"

Posted by bob7947, 20 November 2014 · 1,561 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 · 1,765 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 · 3,770 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 · 5,800 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 · 1,762 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 · 1,440 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...