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  1. In 2016, I asked the same question of you. After 130 votes over 5 years, our members showed a fairly even distribution in the age groups I listed. I hope we can get more votes than the first one. This poll will automatically close next year on 6/23/23. All you have to do is look at the poll and click one group. That's it. If you want to talk about any results, you can do that too. Only I have access to your display names and I haven't disclosed one in the 24 years of Wifcon.com's existence.
  2. The Need to Reform the McNamara – O’Hara Service Contract Act by Ike Brannon, The Jack Kemp Foundation by Chad D. Cotti, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Please read: The Need to Reform the McNamara – O’Hara Service Contract Act
  3. The writer of the article had the same problem as I did. The Semi-permanent Acting Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy (since 2008) is Lesley Anne Field. On my first try, I got the name wrong as did the author of the article. I added an "s" to her last name too. I bet she has spent more time in her OFPP roles than any confirmed Administrator. I also add that this forum has over 7,000 registrations (the last time I counted years ago) so I think we can do better than 130 votes.
  4. Over the past several weeks, I have been updating this site. This past weekend I updated the Legislation Page for the 117th Congress, 2nd session (the current one). I will correct the heading to the page soon. It will be updated each weekend to present the most current contracting marvels of the U. S. Congreess. Also, the Public Laws page was updated this weekend. I now notice the the LII had left it with some dead links at the top which I will correct. Earlier, I updated the Regulations page and the massive FAR Research Page. I continue to update Wifcon.com pages. My efforts were spurred on by H-2-H and then by Michael Caine in the movie Interstellar where he quoted lines from Dylan Thomas. I'm 73 now and I took it to heart. My goal is to update the entire site, then teach myself a new software suite, and finally turn the non-discussion part of the site into something current. As Dylan Thomas wrote Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night
  5. H. R. 8007: Introduced on 6/9/22 to prevent price gouging at the Department of Defense. H. R. 7694: Introduced on 5/10/22 to modify the requirements relating to the evaluation of the subcontracting plans of certain offerors.
  6. I only add the quote about Gene Dodaro to show that Actings can effectively manage organizations. He's been running GAO for 12 years now. I was relieved to see that an insider was finally made the Comptroller General. Someone that knew the agency, someone that could hit the ground running, someone that could get the job done. That's enough about Gene, this entry is about the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and its next Administrator. I'm feeling a little nasty this morning because its raining here and my dogs and I already got soaked. I've been grumbling to myself for the past week about the previous nominee for Administrator, his prepared opening statement before the Senate Committee and the failure to nominate an obvious choice for Administrator. First things first-that awful prepared opening statement. Prepared Statement before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget. Please read it--it's only 1 1/2 pages. Did he have any plans as Administrator? (I've deleted all the nasty questions I would have asked the withdrawn nominee if I were a Senator.) Now here's Lesley Anne Field and here is a biography from a University Alumni Association meeting from 2015. Let's look at a couple highlights: the Acting Administrator periodically since September 2008, and a contracting officer and procurement policy analyst. You can read about her educational qualifications, some of what she has done at OFPP, and listen to her speaking in the recording for the University event. It's time the President removes the Acting word from her title and nominates her as Administrator--period.
  7. We are blessed with so much information at our fingertips now. As President Eisenhower read his address, I noticed him looking at something to his right. I wondered if he was using a Teleprompter. Here is the answer from wikipedia.org - "On January 4, 1954, Dwight Eisenhower was the first President to use a teleprompter for a State of the Union address. Jess Oppenheimer, who created I Love Lucy and served for its first five years as its producer and head writer, developed the first "in-the-lens" prompter and was awarded U.S. patents for its creation." So, he may have been using a Teleprompter. Then I began wondering if President Eisenhower added his own personal notes and changes to his transcript. Was there something he felt was important enough to change? We have that too. President Eisenhower's Annotated Farewell Address
  8. This morning, I was introducing someone to President Dwight D. Eisenhower's warning about the "Military Industrial Complex." The warning was given on January 17, 1961 in President Eisenhower's farewell address to the nation. The quote above was also from the address and deals with research. I've never listened to the address before today. That was my mistake. The address lasts about 16 minutes and it is important.
  9. I looked last night in the e-Cfr and the updates were not made there either. Then again, look at the OFPP site and some of the memos, letters, etc., haven't been updated for 20 years or so.
  10. RETREATING FROM REFORM: “We Have Met The Enemy, And He Is Us!” by Vernon J. Edwards
  11. I've read some comments on the UK's proposed procurement legislation and, to some extent, the comments reminded me of our 1984. Remember, the UK is starting over after they left the EU. Here are some comments from the UK Anti-Corruption Coalition. You will see references to the "Green Paper."
  12. Formerfed: If you post the solicitation #, please link it so others can see it or if you post the solicitation #, I can find it and link it.
  13. Initial comments on the UK’s Procurement Bill: A lukewarm assessment Courtesy of SSRN
  14. There is a piece of legislation making its way in the United Kingdom's Parliament. It's called A Bill to Make Provision about Procurement. It can be tracked at Parliamentary Bills, UK Parliament. Feel free to check it out and "perfect" it as you see fit.
  15. I thouught the lead-in to this COFC opinion was amusing. Seventh Dimension LLC v. U. S., No. 21-2275C, May 11, 2022. "This case requires the Court to answer the question of whether, and under what circumstances, the government may cancel a Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) part 15 procurement and start over from scratch. The facts are reminiscent of “a game of Lucy and the football from the world of Charles Schulz. Plaintiff, Seventh Dimension, LLC — after successfully achieving its desired outcome in two successive protests — was the last offeror standing in this contractor edition of Survivor. Although Seventh Dimension’s proposal was highly rated, and offered a competitive price, Defendant, the United States — acting by and through the U.S. Department of the Army, Special Operations Command (the “Army” or “USASOC”) — decided to pull the plug on the show, cancelling the procurement following a two-year process. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1491(b), Seventh Dimension challenges the Army’s decision to cancel the solicitation for Army Special Operations Forces (“ARSOF”) training support as arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise contrary to law. The parties filed cross-motions for judgment on the administrative record pursuant to Rule 52.1 of the Rules of the United States Court of Federal Claims (“RCFC”)."
  16. CONTRACTING PROCESS INTERTIA: The Enduring Appeal Of The Essay-Writing Contest by Vern Edwards
  17. On the Home Page, I post only the Federal Acquisition Regulation requests for information because they are used in comments for the FAR. From memory, DoD posts the most requests for information but since they are one Department I do not add requests on their supplements.
  18. Everyone: I've locked this topic, not because of any post in this topic, but because of the reality of the last several posts. I will be 73 years of age in a few months. Other regulars are older than I am. Because I am writing this, it means that the update of the Home Page is being delayed because I am the one who does it. I will be up late again. Don't worry about me. I don't do much around here. But others do and they all have been contributing to this community for many years. I want to thank all the contributors for the efforts they make here This site, with all of its current flaws, was created in 1998 with one purpose--to help other members of the contracting community by gaining knowledge. You have done that! If you believe in something, you cannot quit because we're not done yet. Thank you.
  19. I merged the 2 topics of the same name and deleted the first post of the "author." It appears that the merge routine was successful.
  20. Whenever I see Carl Vinson, I think of P.L. 87-653. Others may call it The Truth in Negotiations Act or TINA. If you are old enough, you may, like me, refer to it as 87-653. In searching for news tonight, I found the article on the USS Carl Vinson. It is about the 40th commissioning anniversary of the Vinson on March 13. Since Carl Vinson was instrumental in 87-653's enactment, I felt it important to post it.
  21. This Executive Order may have been issued late in the day because I haven't seen much on it. It is on the Home Page and here: Executive Order on Advancing Economy, Efficiency, and Effectiveness in Federal Contracting by Promoting Pay Equity and Transparency.
  22. The New Limitations on Subcontracting: New Rules, New Uncertainties. By Vernon J. Edwards.
  23. This is Vern's article about the case. COMMERCIAL ITEMS: Confusion In Court.
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