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  1. This might be a simple answer to my inquiry, but I want to verify based on my interpretation. Situation: A C-type contract (i.e., single award) was awarded to a small business. At a later date, the firm was bought by a large firm. Thus, the small business CAGE and DUNNS, and their reps and certs. in SAM changed to large business, but the firm kept its company name. Based on SBA guidance and reading on previous posting relative to mine... the main outcome was "A concern that qualified as a small business at the time it receives a contract is considered a small business throughout the life o
  2. Thanks Don. I reached out to someone at DPAP/DARS on the matter and they've acknowledge my concerns on the mater. The result is the update which you point out. It is good to know that DPAP/DARS actually responds to inquiries like mine .
  3. Update: After discussions with a POC at OUSD (AT&L) DPAP/DARS, the following was pointed out: Reference to DFARS 215.371-4 - Exceptions, specifically DFARS 215.371-4(a)(1) states "Acquisitions at or below the simplified acquisition THRESHOLD (emphasis given);" for a Waiver per DFARS 215.371-5. The Simplified Acquisition PROCEDURES (emphasis given) is authorized under FAR Subpart 13.5. FAR Subpart 13.5, specifically, FAR 13.500(a) states "This subpart authorizes, as a test program, use of simplified procedures for the acquisition of supplies and services in amounts greater than the s
  4. Steward. "DOD Class Justification are Used Primarily for Acquisition of Weapon Systems and related Components" is an assessment outcome made by GAO and not necessarily a reflection of what FAR states… if this is what you mean then duly noted. I sometimes take GAO’s responses literally regarding its reference to the FAR/DFARS. THAT and as I was reading the report at 5:00 AM in the morning, coffee had not kicked in. Joel. It would seem simpler to establish an IDIQ type contract to the firm providing the OEM supply. However, for lack of reasons (which I am still trying to question – it may
  5. I also hope they reinstate the language - it is just very convoluted Keep an eye out for public comments to address and hopefully they will acknowledge.
  6. Greetings, Referenced to the following GAO report on http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662579.pdf I am trying to find out if anyone knows where I can find the reference to the report statement “ DOD Class Justification are Used Primarily for Acquisition of Weapon Systems and related Components…” in the FAR, DFARS, USC, CFR, etc… On a similar note I have a question pertaining to Class J&A: Taking into consideration the following discussions: http://www.wifcon.com/arc/forum440.htm http://www.wifcon.com/discussion/index.php?/topic/955-sole-source-acquisition-under-far-subpart-135/ The f
  7. So, this question has been brought up numerous times amongst my colleagues, in DAU, and other contracting forums. What is the difference between Attachments vs Technical Exhibits “Exhibits”? I emphasized for DoD, as some non-DoD agencies identify Attachments vs Exhibits as no difference/synonymous. DAU postings relative to the inquire are as follows: https://dap.dau.mil/aap/pages/qdetails.aspx?cgiSubjectAreaID=3&cgiQuestionID=109437 https://dap.dau.mil/aap/pages/qdetails.aspx?cgiSubjectAreaID=3&cgiQuestionID=110417 Wifcon: http://www.wifcon.com/discussion/index.php?/topic/1639-exhib
  8. Happy New Year All! Based on my last posting, I just wanted to provide an update on this topic as I had stated previously. Interesting enough, the firm withdrew its protest (mind you this was a few years ago) -- I guess it was done prematurely and were “emotional” about not getting the award (purely speculative on my part J) The firm requested a FOIA, which I assumed was for them to do some fact finding to substantiate/warrant a potential protest of, "...could not possibly do the job at the price it had proposed..." on their part. In this case, they may not have found anything that would hav
  9. Vern, I've read the references provided prior to posting and quite frankly it led me to other references, to other references, and ultimately I felt like my research was never ending. So, thank you for your feedback.
  10. Just a general question. Has anyone gone through a job interview for Policy in the DoD? I am curious as to what types of questions an employer normally ask or look for?
  11. Greetings, I was hoping someone could provide some information regarding DFARS 215.371-5 applicability to FAR Subpart 13.5. When the requirement for DFARS 215.371-5 came about (Federal Register, Volume 77 Issue 126 (Friday, June 29, 2012)) http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-29/html/2012-15569.htm there was no mention to the ruling's applicability to the Test Program FAR Subpart 13.5 procurements. Further reading into the volume, it was stated, "It is simply not feasible to apply the rule to the huge volume of very low dollar value buy..." referring to SAP buys. My interpretation on t
  12. I want to echo what others have posted on this topic. Thank you guys (e.g., Vern, formerfed, Don, and others) for taking the time out of your busy schedule to respond to people's inquiries/questions and concerns (even though some may have already been answered more than once in this forum site) -- just in a different context. I remember my first post back in 2009 as an Army intern (clueless and only starting to learn the Acquisition career field)... the responses I got provided some insight/guidance on what I should take into consideration... AND I can attest that this site, the educated an
  13. Can someone please provide some information/clarification on the verbiage change under FAR 13.501? Previously it had stated in FAR 13.501(a)(1)(ii) "Prepare sole source justifications using the format at 6.303-2, modified to reflect an acquisition under the authority of the test program for commercial items (section 4202 of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996) or the authority of the Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2003 (Title XIV of Public Law 108-136) as implemented at 12.102(f)(1)." I guess my organization (Navy) (which I was just hired into) used the reference Section 4202 of the Clinger-Co
  14. Wow Don and Dingo thanks for the detailed discussion you both have had relative to my posting - this gives me insight on the Navy ship repair requirement, which initially I couldn't wrap my head around especially from NAVSEA's approach on scarcely instilling commercial practice on SOME services done on Navy vessels. Looking more on trying to streamline an acquisition I am currently working on, considering of course cost, administration/time, and quality. And as I've stated, I am new to Navy ship repair. My requirement in my opinion clearly screams commercial service; however with NAVSEA an
  15. Dingo and Don by definition of Commercial and my reading on the requirement I say it is commercial. However, I want to get some input on Navy requirements as I am new to ship repair acquisitions. Basically, the requirement is what they call an “Availability” (i.e., Scheduled Maintenance/Repair), specifically, docking phase maintenance availability (DPMA) on a vessel. The NAICS code used is 336611 with a PSC of J999. I guess what I am confused about is if we decided to use the Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act, it would make the acquisition non-commercial – or am I wrong on this assumption.
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