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DAR Council Interprets ?Contract? to Include Task and Delivery Orders

Posted by Don Mansfield, 10 March 2011 · 5,486 views

In one of my earlier blog entries, I inferred that the FAR Councils interpreted the definition of ?contract? at FAR 2.101 to include task and delivery orders based on their answer to a question about the applicability of TINA to task and delivery orders (see ?Commonly Understood?  I Think Not).  Well, there is no reason to draw any inferences anymore.  In...


An Easily Misunderstood Decision

Posted by Don Mansfield, 02 March 2011 · 1,786 views

In B&B Medical Services, Inc.; Rotech Healthcare, Inc.; B-404241, B-404241.2, (January 19, 2011), the Comptroller General held that the statutory nonmanufacturer rule does not apply to procurements set aside for Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small business concerns.  The decision contains the following analysis:QUOTE The statutory...


Describing Contract Type: Watch What You Say

Posted by Don Mansfield, 22 December 2010 · 6,216 views

Consider the following exchange between two people:  QUOTE Speaker 1 (asking Speaker 2): What type of car do you drive, foreign or domestic?Speaker 2: I drive a red car.Obviously, Speaker 2?s answer is not responsive to Speaker 1?s question.  Speaker 1 wanted to know about a particular aspect of Speaker 2?s car?its origin.  Speaker 2 described a different...


"Commonly Understood"? I Think Not.

Posted by Don Mansfield, 20 May 2010 · 3,677 views

I was recently perusing some of the recent final rules issued by the FAR Council when I came across a statement that I found interesting. In responding to a comment concerning the applicability of TINA to task and delivery orders, the FAR Councils stated that TINA applicability is to be determined when negotiating a basic IDIQ contract, as well as when ne...


COs: Follow OMB?s Guidance at Your Peril

Posted by Don Mansfield, 30 November 2009 · 1,590 views

There has been a considerable amount of controversy over the last year or so in the area of small business programs. In International Program Group, Inc., (B?400278, B?400308, 19 September 2008) the Government Accountability Office (GAO) held that HUBZone set-asides took priority over service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) set-asides and S...


Calculating Cost Impacts on CPAF Contracts: A Reasonable Assumption?

Posted by Don Mansfield, 07 September 2009 · 2,872 views

When taking a class on the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) last year, I came across a DCAA rule that made perfect sense to the auditors, but left some of the contracting officers scratching their heads. The rule deals with how to calculate the cost impact of a CAS noncompliance or accounting change on a cost-plus-award-fee (CPAF) contract. Chapter 8 of th...


Magnetic Properties of Metals with Partially Filled 4f Electron Subshells

Posted by Don Mansfield, 20 August 2009 · 1,538 views

Did you ever wonder about the type of debate that goes on before an acquisition rule becomes final and is incorporated into the Federal Acquisition Regulation System? This information can be found in the Background section of the final rule when it appears in the Federal Register. I make a point of reading this section whenever a new rule comes out becaus...


Funding UCAs that Cross Fiscal Years

Posted by Don Mansfield, 04 August 2009 · 2,304 views

The end of the fiscal year is always a good time to start brush up on fiscal law?particularly the bona fide needs rule. Contracting offices may soon face questions of fiscal law that have already been answered in Volume I, Chapter 5, of Principles of Federal Appropriations Law (GAO Red Book).One interesting case of fiscal law, which you won't find in...


Myth-Information: Price Analysis is Always Required

Posted by Don Mansfield, 09 July 2009 · 3,833 views

There seems to be a closely held belief by some in the Federal contracting community that the FAR requires the contracting officer to perform a price analysis before awarding any contract. CON 111 used to contain the following statements:QUOTE You must use price analysis to ensure that the overall price is fair and reasonable. Even when an offeror is requ...


Small Business Order of Priority Table (HOLD THE PRESS!)

Posted by Don Mansfield, 24 June 2009 · 1,495 views

WARNING: OMB issued a memorandum on July 10 directing executive agencies to temporarily disregard the two GAO decisions discussed below until a full review can be conducted.  Until such a review is conducted, do not use the table. Depending on your point of view, two recent GAO decisions have either clarified or muddied our understanding of the rules pert...