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Frankenstein's Monster

Posted by bob7947, 18 March 2013 · 618 views

You are a program officer with big "wants" but with little federal money.  Your contracting officer is not familiar with hiding overruns in an FPI(F) contract--yet.  Besides, you have never heard of it--yet.  What to do?  Well, this politician knows best.  With a little luck and plenty of ignorance, you may see the "fixed price technical compe...


Another One Bites The Dust

Posted by bob7947, 26 February 2013 · 470 views

". . . in the current fiscal climate, agencies and businesses alike have been forced to make tough spending cuts. After carefully reviewing the projected spending and attendance for this year’s conference, GSA is suspending Expo for 2013 in an effort to use our resources responsibly and to deliver better value and savings for our government part...


When The Rule Is Mandatory, It Means Mandatory!

Posted by bob7947, 08 February 2013 · 645 views

You're travelling on your own for the government and you found a way to save money but you're subject to the Joint Travel Regulations as well as the Federal Travel Regulation.  What do you do? You went ahead and saved the government money and were proud of yourself.  Unfortunately, your finance office stiffed you when it came time for payment.  It...


GSA Schedule Contractors: CTA or Prime/Subcontractor Relationship?

Posted by bob7947, 02 February 2013 · 824 views

"Under a Contractor Team Arrangement (CTA), two or more GSA Schedule contractors work together to meet ordering activity needs. By complementing each other's capabilities, the team offers a total solution to the ordering activity's requirement, providing a "win-win" situation for all parties."But what is a Prime/Subcontractor relat...


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Contract Analysis

Posted by bob7947, 25 January 2013 · 711 views

One of our colleagues sent this to me and I am posting it for you.  Even Bilbo Baggins has a contract attorney to watch over him. "I, the undersigned, [referred to hereinafter as Burglar,] agree to travel to the Lonely Mountain, path to be determined by Thorin Oakenshield, who has a right to alter the course of the journey at his so choosing, without...


Design Defects & Differing Site Conditions

Posted by bob7947, 18 January 2013 · 771 views

Searching for an item to post is time-consuming and frustrating.  However, some times an item pops up from an unexpected place.  In this case, it was the U. S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals.  The case is straightforward and easy to read and contains some excerpts that are noteworthy.  Here is what the Board said: "Our view is in line with the co...


The Sovereign Has Not Consented To Be Sued

Posted by bob7947, 16 January 2013 · 652 views

In Estes Express Lines, Inc. v. U. S., No. 11-597C, January 15, 2013, the Court of Federal Claims said:"For the government to be sued on a contract pursuant to the Tucker Act, there must be privity of contract between the plaintiff and the United States." "This is so because the doctrine of sovereign immunity precludes a suit against the Unite...


Government Contracting Improvement Act of 2012?

Posted by bob7947, 21 December 2012 · 715 views

At this time of year, newly introduced legislation often is introduced and then quickly enters oblivion.  I checked this Senator's committee and subcommitee assignments and did not find any direct link to federal contracting.  Maybe that explains it."Sen. Toomey's bill would require the GAO to include the most common reasons bid protests are s...


Rebates And Discounts In Food Service Contracts

Posted by bob7947, 12 December 2012 · 615 views

"The Subcommittee’s investigation of food service contracts has revealed systemic deficiencies in the transparency and oversight of contractors’ rebate and discount policies. Chairman McCaskill asked Office of Management and Budget Director Zients to review the Subcommittee’s findings and issue guidance to federal agencies to address...


Army Processes A Debarment Referral In About 323 Days

Posted by bob7947, 11 December 2012 · 594 views

In a letter to the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army, Senator McCaskill, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight and Senators Shaheen, Coburn, Burr, Webb, Cornyn, Inhofe, and Blumenthal, questioned the significant delays between when a referral is made to the Army and when the Army takes action to keep the contr...