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  1. Sam, Is your fill-in "60 months" as you originally reported or "60 months following the expiration of the basic contract ordering period" as Carl wondered?
  2. Okay. The hourly rates to be paid in 2026 will be in accordance with the schedule contract or task order you bargained for. But I have to wonder -- if the parent schedule contract's fill-in for FAR 52.216-22 is "60 months" and a new task order is issued during the 59th month, then does the "60 months" fill-in effectively limit that task order's period of performance to a maximum of one month? Sometimes, different people have different perspectives. If you believe a task order award to one of your competitors was based on that awardee quoting a labor category that does not meet the requirements of the FSS contract, you may be able to protest the award and let the protest tribunal provide its perspective, which might or might not align with yours depending on the facts. If the task order award is under the protest amount, you might raise the matter with the agency's task order ombudsman.
  3. Sam, You seem to be upset about something. I hope it gets better.
  4. I agree with your "So far so good" statement. I wish you were able to stop there. 🙂
  5. My two cents: Notifying the contracting officer and following his or her instructions is the right thing to do. Notifying the other party is not the right thing to do. If necessary, the contracting officer can give whatever notice is needed to the other party.
  6. Boomer365 Why did you wait until today to share that the Government directed you to leave the work unfinished for all this time? If you want advice, you have to be willing to tell the story. We're getting bits and pieces, and we're not getting answers from you to our questions. I hope you are relying on an attorney with whom you have been candid.
  7. If your company received a competitor's ENs, you may reasonably assume another competitor received your ENs. The next step depends on you, your competitors, and the agency. Almost anything is possible.
  8. govt2310, Have we talked about this matter before? A while back, someone was talking about whether a contractor's violation of law sticks to the agency or to the contractor -- am I recollecting rightly?
  9. Boomer365, What will you do if you are unable to come to agreement with the contracting officer?
  10. It is normal for contractors to charge preparation costs to overhead accounts. Those indirect costs are part of the hourly rate. When the contractor starts real work, it will re-coup those on-boarding costs through those indirects. Para. (a)(3) of the contract clause at FAR 52.232-7, Payments under Time-and-Materials and Labor-Hour Contracts, indicates that the Government pays for labor performed on the contract. If the contractor has not performed any labor on the contract, it is not entitled to any hourly rate payments. At least, that's how I see it.
  11. contractor100, No one here purported to speak for other contracting officers and their expectations. I spoke for myself. Who knows that thoughts other contracting officers have in their minds? 😉
  12. I do not have any such understanding. I am mindful of FAR 42.1503(d)'s instruction to government employees that "...the completed evaluation shall not be released to other than Government personnel and the contractor whose performance is being evaluated..." -- but I am unaware of any restriction on the contractor's sharing of the information from its own report.
  13. Well, if the prime contractor's request is not a notice under para. (c) of the contract clause at FAR 52.232-22, Limitation of Funds, then you may ignore it. It seems that there are adequate funds already on the contract to cover the unexpected increase in subcontractor costs.
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