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  1. The good part is: the discussion search is corrected and I can use the events page again, the SSL was extended to the discussion pages, and finally all pages are now operating correctly under the SSL Certificate and it will last for a year. and now, i can move on to upgrading the non-discussion pages of the site. That will take me some time.
  2. After spending one of the worst wekends in my life dealing with the misinformed. The SSL Certificate was correctly installed and tested. I'm going to take a well-deserved nap. Good Night.
  3. The SSL Certificate has not kicked in yet. It shoud late tonight but I still expect that it won't work correctly and I will have to seek someone to correct it on Monday. It's been like that for 25 years.
  4. On 5/5/23, Wifcon.com's Discussion Board was finally fixed after years. Then on 5/5/23, its SSL Certificate expired. Because it expired, I was warned every time I tried to use this site and had to fight with google to see it. To renew the SSL certificate, I had to renew it with Network Solutions around 11 PM on 5/5/23. After it was renewed by Network Solutions, they gave me a lengthy registration number to take to my Web Host which is Inmotion. I took it to Inmotion and they didn't know what to do with it, at first. Finally, Inmotion's Advanced chat figured it out and added the registration number to my DNS server--yes, we all get numbers. Then, I had to go back to Network Solutions to check with them. It was now after midnight whn I got the all clear from Network Solutions that everything is correct and all I had to do is wait 24 hours to ave the SSL Certificate take effect. The 24 hours will end late Saturday, 5/6/23 but I still see the little red https. If you have experienced any problems seeing Wifcon.com, don't worry because soon the SSL Certificate will take effect if Network Solutions and Inmotion know what they are doing. Maybe, by the end of the weekend I will get a break from Wifcon.com.
  5. The technical problem has now been corrected. I've tested it and it appears to work.
  6. After some time, my expert told me that the problems you encounter when trying to use the search function are caused by defective ads. To test this theory, I deleted all ads and watched how the theory held. The same issue existed after I removed all ads. I've notified the expert about my test and I've given up.
  7. Few, if any of us, have been impressed with the current nominee for Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. I decided to look at the acting (of course) Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. I found several blurbs on her background: and here is the second blurb from an earlier position She appears to have more acquisition experience in industry and government than the current nominee. If you read her experience, you will have some of the same thought as I have. I'll add one more blurb when she was named to her current position. Maybe experience is a detriment. What do you think?
  8. Well, she was the Acting Deputy Director at DSCA--Foreign Military Sales. The foreign nation identifies the contractor they want to use, sends the U. S. the money, and the U. S. processes the paperwork at the other end. Other than that, she has an Ivy League pedigree.
  9. DoD initiated a comprehensive Defense Contract Finance Study at the end of 2019 to assess defense industry financial performance over a twenty-year timeframe. This study has 16 recommendations.
  10. It was Friday, February 1, 1974, when out of the blue, my supervisor asked me: Do you have anything against going to Huntsville, Alabama for a week? The person that asked that question was the one that I needed to file my paperwork for promotion. I immediately said no and asked when do I go? Monday was the answer. Since it was Friday and I was in Washington, D.C, I had a couple of days to get going and hundreds of miles to drive. Stunned, I left my office space amd began walking around the dismal GAO Building in a stupor. Over the years, I found that the halls of the GAO building were a wonderful place to think. The halls were dimly lit and neary devoid of people. The one week in Huntsville lasted for 3 months and I almost died there in the April 3, 1974 historic tornado outbeak. I would be working on the above mentioned bid protest with our Atlanta staff in Huntsville, Alabama at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Few people know it but this protest was the last time that GAO's General Counsel was stupid enough to involve GAO auditors in a bid protest. They now do desk top reviews. At the end of our work, GAO issued a 98 page bid protest decision. To my knowledge, it remains the longest bid protest decision that GAO ever issued. When I retired in 2003, I was the last person in GAO that had worked on that protest and I became a momentary celebrity in GAO's General Council. It's nearly half a century since that protest and now, after giving it much thought over the years, I am writing about my experiences on that protest. Many of my experiences are personal but many others are protest-related. The only protest-related source material I am using is my memory and the original protest decision. Additionally, I am writing this entry in parts so that I don't end up with something so long that no one would even attempt to read it. Monday, February 4, 1974, came quickly and it was time to go. I told my friends and family where I was going, packed my 1971 Datsun 240Z with as much as is would hold, and headed southwest through Virginia.
  11. From a Court of Federal Claims Protest entitled: Defense Integrated Solutions, LLC v. U. S. and Strategic Alliance Solutions LLC, No. 23-64C, April 5, 2023.
  12. The https (the little lock) now appears on all pages of the discussion forum. The second part of my request is still being worked upon.
  13. This document was prepared by the Congressional Research Service for Congress. Members request such information so they can understand a subject of their work. Here is your chance to see if Congress is properly informed. See: Defense Primer: Lowest Price Technically Acceptable Contracts.
  14. This is a Takings case. You can get the gist of it in the first paragraph. See James Doyle, et al, V. U.S, No. 22-499, March 24, 2023.
  15. You're not having déjà vu. We really have been here before. It's a COFC bid protest opinion on Thule Air Base. This thing may tell you all you want to know about this Base in Northern Greenland. Yeah, it's way above the Arctic Circle. Don't punish yourself and try to reach the end of the protest. Let me show you 1 paragraph from page 6. You get the idea--its wordy.
  16. I plan to contact the person in a few minutes to start work tomorrow. She is supposed to be good. We'll see.
  17. I received some response to my request and I will contact the individual in the next 2 days. Maybe, I can get this fixed. I will let you know the outcome.
  18. I know there are problems with the discussion board. To fix them, I have to find someone willing to be paid to fix them from the Invision Community. I've tried to find someone before and no one responded even knowing they would be paid. Today, I submitted another request for help. In the quote below is my request. I will post the response from the software firm -- Invision Community.
  19. POSTSCRIPT VI: Late Electronic Bids And Proposals by Vernon J. Edwards.
  20. Last night Vern and I reminisced about federal contracting regulations. We finally mentioned the Buy American Act and I remembered a 50% add on to a competitive price and another one of 12 percent. That's it. I once knew how to use it. I thought to myself that it would be interesting to see how Congress and the Presidents perfected the Buy American Act over the course of about 50 years. I made a couple of searches and voila I found two items. One by GAO in 1978 and one by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) in 2022. Here are GAO's: The Buy American Act from April 1978 and CRS's The Buy American Act and Other Federal Procurement Domestic Content Restrictions from November 2022. I had thought it might be a good subject to write about and then I thought about the subject of competition which is even bigger. For example, the first procurement law was passed in 1792 (1 Stat. 234) that required the Postmaster General to advertise notice of a procurement in newspapers at least 6 weeks before signing a contract. Future Congresses perfected that law in 1809, 1829, 1842 and 1860. By 1842, the Congresses had laid out the features of advertising (1) public notice of the need, (2) sealed offers, (3) public opening of bids and (4) award to the low bidder. Over the years, with the help or hindrance of others, those features became Formal Advertising which few of you may remember. In 1984, Congress passed the Competition in Contracting Act which renamed Formal Advertising as Sealed Bidding.
  21. Emerging Policy and Practice Issues (2022)
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