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Offer and Acceptance, Contracting Authority, Etc.

Posted by bob7947, 26 August 2013 · 2,443 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 · 2,786 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 · 1,166 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 · 908 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 · 2,546 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 · 1,451 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 · 845 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...


Look What GSA Forgot

Posted by bob7947, 17 May 2013 · 990 views

The General Services Administration (GSA) has about 19,000 Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contracts.  About 80 percent are contracts with small businesses.  Last year, GSA proposed terminating thousands of small business contracts for not meeting the $25,000 annual sales threshold.  Apparently, GSA forgot to pay the contractors something--$2,500....


Is FAR 8.406-6 As Easy As "May" and "Shall"?

Posted by bob7947, 08 May 2013 · 1,168 views

I was reading a decision of the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) about a week ago and I found the following.Why read the ASBCA decision when I could go straight to the horse's mouth!  So I searched the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) web site and I found the Sharp decision--and it was recent.  Here is a brief descri...


Unilateral Or Bilateral, That Is The Answer

Posted by bob7947, 26 April 2013 · 1,455 views

We've all seen this before.  The government and contractor sign a contract with a base period and several 1-year options.  Sometimes, the 1-year option periods even mirror the government's fiscal year.  A nice little puppy.  Then, the harsh realities of government take over and our little puppy grows into an unwieldy mongrel.  Such is life in fede...