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  1. I didn't say I had or was planning to do this. But there is a lot of gamemanship in federal contracts, we all know that, right? it's such an obvious strategy, I would think there would be specific rules against it and hoped someone could point me to them. Or does everything at GSA just come down to who you know... https://www.gsaig.gov/sites/default/files/audit-reports/A170118_1.pdf
  2. assuming for the sake of argument there are no significant changes to the RFP
  3. If they accepted the first offer they should hypothetically accept the second one, right? They would be identical.
  4. Suppose a company knows it'll outgrow the NAICS associated with its GSA schedule in a year. Company is in year 3.5 of a GSA option and would like to be small on its GSA schedule for more than 1.5 years. So company would like to cancel its GSA contract, immediately reapply with all offered terms and conditions identical, to remain "grandfathered in" as small for five years, vice 1.5. Obviously there's a practical risk that the negotiations won't go through quickly, company will miss opportunities, etc. But is there anything else that would stop companies taking this gamble?
  5. So what happened. We negotiated a bit back and forth, then got notification we were awarded. Very close to the end of the FY. Called the CO, and let her know that we didn't have the facility clearance. She removed the requirement! We signed the award. I will note that our CAGE code was right there in the paperwork. If the CO would have checked, she would have seen we had no FCL before awarding.
  6. Yeah, I thought that too. Can't find it written down anywhere.
  7. We don't have an agency lined up. we have another cleared company - with no connection to the contract. So that's an acceptable sponsor?
  8. These cases don't seem on point to me, please tell me what I am missing. My RFP says the FC is required for performance. Not for award, and not before proposal submission, as in the cases above. The idea is that, if my company won, we could then secure the FC. (This is not my idea. This is my boss's idea. The question isn't whether it's a good strategy, it's whether it's possible.) So to restate my questions, with a little more info: 1 The first block of the DD-254 says, "level of security clearance required - secret." The RFP requires me to submit the DD-254 with the proposa
  9. The government agency issuing an RFP has stated they won't sponsor bidders for a clearance. They've also said the facility clearance is required for performance. They have not said a clearance needs to be in place on proposal submission. They have included a DD-254 in the bid package and are requiring contractors to submit the DD-254 with the proposal, with contractors name, address, zip code, cage code, and cognizant security office. We do not have a facility security clearance. Questions: 1 May I submit the DD-254 with the cognizant security office that would be assigned to my com
  10. several on line authorities seem to say that: 1 "all commercial customers" as a GSA BOA includes all customers that are not federal, unless those classes of customers are explicitly excluded - so would cover educational, not for profit, state and local 2 "all commercial customers" as a GSA BOA includes state and local customers unless state and local customers are explicitly excluded 3 "all commercial customers" as a GSA BOA includes state and local customers and state and local customers cannot be excluded (like sales to prime) Does anyone have an opinion, experienc
  11. Are you asking if you can award a schedule holder a task order for a labor category that hasn't been added to their GSA schedule?
  12. That is useful to know. By decent, you mean reasonably highly scored against the eval criteria?
  13. 80 percent! That is an interesting number! Yes, PepeFrog, that is a good question.
  14. Some contractors issue a lot of proposals, even if they know nothing about a particular RFP and they are not specifically qualified to do the work. I've heard the following reasons advanced: 1. Companies that are quite unqualified win work all the time. We really have no idea how the government picks winners. We could get lucky too. (The "lottery ticket" theory of bid qualification.) 2. We can't tell what the government wants from reading the RFP. We'll tell them they want to buy what we sell, and they will see we are right and give us the work. (The "magical thinking" theory of b
  15. And another thing. why is any federal RFP, ever, issued with no page numbers.
  16. Is google currently contracting directly with the federal government? Around the time OFCCP went after them for pay records, they terminated their GSA schedule. (I think DoL's appeal of the ALJ's decision is still under appeal, but I don't know, maybe someone else does. (see https://www.governmentcontractorcomplianceupdate.com/2017/09/06/department-of-labor-challenges-aljs-decision-on-googles-obligation-to-respond-to-ofccp-data-requests/).
  17. Where did I say the government was being a pain? I am trying to figure out how to respond to the government's request. As I can also change my technical offering, what does it mean to evaluate the delta. Since the final price will be for a different service offering.
  18. But contractors can change their prices!! So, what is the value of getting the price quotes now?
  19. I am doing that right now, thanks for the suggestion! Why ask for something that is a. not binding and b. you are not going to evaluate.
  20. Hard to say. They say the purpose of the oral presentation is "to address unanswered/unclear aspects of the submitted quote" So that sounds just like clarification. Possibly they just mean that bidders can revise their written proposals to be consonant with the clarifications, I don't know.
  21. 8.4 procurement. RFP states 1. It is best value 2. Five eval factors, plus price. a Understanding the requirement b Key personnel c Corporate experience d Quality control plan e Oral presentation 3. It is two phases. In phase 1, they'll evaluate whether proposals are technically acceptable for a-d. They'll kick out the unacceptable proposals. Then they'll invite everyone else to make an oral presentation. Then they'll do a best value analysis on a through e. Contractors may revise their proposals after the oral presentations. Why are they even as
  22. "Offerors, not sure what agencies were looking for, resorted to what I call "recon by fire," an old infantry tactic. They wrote as much as they could about everything they could, hoping to score enough points to get into discussions, ..." This is so right. Happy to see more OASIS-style procurements.
  23. Napolik/Socrates - Honestly, in cases where ten pages are, truly, insufficient to address a long and complex statement of work, I am not sure what their purpose is! In a competition open to all comers, I'd say it was to eliminate clearly insane responses--kind of like establishing a technical range. Is that necessary though? You'd have to think most schedule contractors can write something reasonably germane - and there should be a lot fewer responses, especially where the RFQ only went to three bidders. I have submitted at least 350 responses to GSA RFQs and been awarded a
  24. Hey Kevlar51, thanks for that DKW case. Hilarious! Note that GAO said it was just fine to: includ[e] large tables that address substantive matters, using a 10-point font size. People do this! A lot! I would prohibit it if I were writing an RFP.
  25. Okay, Napolik, it does not. Because it is an RFQ. I have submitted at least 350 responses to GSA RFQs. I have never, not once, had any post submission discussions or whatever they are called on GSA procurements. Has anyone else? I've had plenty post award! Where we actually determined what work we would do.
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