In a remarkable statement issued today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) apologized to the Department of Defense for what it called "decades of unwarranted and unsubstantiated criticism." The admission came in the wake of the release of a March 2009 GAO report titled Defense Acquisitions: Assessments of Selected Weapon Programs that cla...
Posted by Don Mansfield, 10 March 2009 · 13,252 views
The myth about communication being 93% nonverbal probably didn't start in the contracting field, but we are partly responsible for its spread. This is especially true when it comes to the subject of contract negotiation. The course manual for CON 100 used to state that communication was 90% nonverbal as a matter of fact. A speaker at a recent confe...
Myth-Information:QUOTE You have to rate proposals in a source selection.When discussing the evaluation of competitive proposals with my students, I make a point of asking the following two questions (in order):1. Are agencies required to evaluate proposals?2. Are agencies required to rate proposals?Usually, students respond affirmatively to question #1 an...
Some of you were confused when I classified the following statement as myth-information in the Federal Contracting Myths thread:QUOTE Offerors with no record of past performance must be rated neutral.Let me explain where I was coming from. In April of 1994, OFPP used a variation of the word neutral with the term "past performance" in a Federal Re...
Posted by Don Mansfield, 29 January 2009 · 2,954 views
If the preconceived notions that our students are bringing to the classroom is any indication, there's a good deal of myth-information being spread regarding indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts. The one belief that I want to focus on today deals with obligating the contract minimum upon award of an IDIQ contract.QUOTE You don...
First, I'd like to thank everyone that contributed to my thread seeking myth-information in federal contracting. I culled another 20 pieces to add to the seven that I was able to come up with. If you come across any or are able to think of any more, please add to the thread or send me a message.Second, I'd like to comment on something that Retre...
I read something that I found remarkable in the recently published GAO decision Master Lock Company, LLC, B-309982.2, June 24, 2008. Bob posted the decision on the Wifcon home page. The protester argued that the agency's evaluation of the awardee's past performance should have taken into account the fact that they had declined a delivery order u...
"You can't be distracted by the noise of misinformation."-James DalyIn my career as a contracting professional and now an educator, I have come to appreciate the growing body of misinformation in Federal contracting. Contracting misinformation is pervasive. You can see it in the popular press, periodicals dedicated to the contracting profess...
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