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  1. Retreadfed; So to be clear. If a JV was awarded an IDIQ, would the orders that are awarded to the JV be considered individual contracts and count against the 3-in-2? MAC = Multiple Award Contract
  2. I am hoping someone may be able to shed some light in regards to the SBA’s “Three-In-Two” rule for Joint Ventures? SBA’s current regulations provide that a joint venture can be awarded no more than three contracts over a two-year period. I understand that the SBA has proposed changes and is planning to keep the two-year lifespan for joint venture awards, however is planning to get rid of the three contract maximum. I don’t believe this has taken affect just yet? Could someone confirm as to whether or not delivery orders and task orders awarded under an IDIQ, BPA or MAC are considere
  3. PepeTheFrog; Now wouldn't I be a foolish peasant to act upon the guidance of a frog? While I understand that every situation is different, and thoughts and opinions are subjective to interpretation, I like to read other's insights. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to respond.
  4. I'd like to gather other's thoughts & opinions regarding the perception of the following scenario and whether or not the appearance of general affiliation exists and whether or not there are any ethical concerns? Company A had an employee who left approximately 3 years ago to start his own company, Company B. Company B is in the same line of work as Company A; Company A & Company B employ two (2) of the same employees (both employees provide contract support to Company A, while both employees provide security administration support to Company B); Whi
  5. Cross Charging (Comingling of Contracts) as defined by the DoD IG's Office reads: Dishonest contractors can submit multiple bills on different contracts or work orders for work performed or expense incurred only once. A contracting official can facilitate the scheme and share in the profits by writing similar work orders under different contracts and accepting the multiple billings. (Source: International Anti-Corruption Resource Center, 2014) Fraud indicators related to cross charging (comingling of contracts) include, but are not limited to: Multiple awards for similar work are
  6. here_2_help, Greatly appreciate your insight and thoughts, as many of the concerns you expressed crossed my mind. Thank you again. Rae
  7. Vern; The prime is requesting. I've received word from two others who have indicated that while it is unusual, some of the larger companies do this for buying power purposes with airlines, rental car companies, hotels, etc. and to save on paying the G&A on the subs travel costs. Essentially being viewed as a cost savings to the Government.
  8. I was hoping I could pick someone's brain, as I wanted to confirm as to whether or not there is some federal or accounting principle that would prevent the following or if there are any ramifications that I may not be aware of? Long story short, we are a Subcontractor to a contract in which the Prime is requesting to handle all travel for our employees. From making arrangements, to reimbursing and/or paying the employee. The CLIN associated with travel was awarded on a cost reimbursable basis not-to-exceed $350k. Not sure if it's such a big deal but logically it just doesn't make sense
  9. Government has released an RFP with a 100% SDVOSB set-aside. The Government has stipulated they anticipate awarding the contract strictly on a FFP basis where all Offerors will be responsible for including all costs associated with travel and ODCs into each of the specific CLINs. Does the 50 percent that is required to be performed by the SDVOSB Prime consists of only labor or is it inclusive of all costs (labor, travel, and ODCs) as a result of how the Government is anticipating on awarding the contract?
  10. Joel; No, the verbiage was not included in the solicitation. However, the following response was provided by the Contracting Office at the time Q&As were being answered. Question: The contract will be awarded as a FFP with reimbursable ODCs for a Base Year plus two Option Years. Is it the intent of the Government to pay the entire FFP at the start of the contract or in equal monthly amounts over each of the periods of performances? If equal amounts should the SUPPLIES/SERVICES be identified as "LABOR," the QUANTITY be 12, and the UNIT be Month? Answer: The Contractor will be authorized int
  11. Vern; Appreciate you setting me straight. However, does the Contracting Office have the authority to place such verbiage into the contract which limits the Contractor not to invoice regardless if labor associated with the contract is on a FFP basis?
  12. Greatly appreciate anyone who doesn't mind taking some time to provide confirmation regarding the following. We recently were awarded a contract, where labor is on an FFP basis and travel is on a CR basis. Upon review of the contract, it was discovered that the Contracting Office inserted the following verbiage under Section G - Contract Administration Data, "The contractor is authorized partial delivery payments for services, CLINs 0001, 1001, 2001 under this contract. The Contractor may, not more often than monthly, invoice the lesser of 1/12 the total CLIN price or this amount minus the val
  13. What are the rules governing the timeline a Contracting Office has to respond to questions submitted by Offerors pertaining to an RFP prior to the proposal submission due date? Is there a specific FAR clause that specifies a duration? Scenario: Proposal due date: 10 December 2013 Questions were due: 18 November 2013
  14. I am attempting to validate as to whether or not a Prime, if awarded a FFP contract, may issue a FFP-LOE SubK knowing the work that is to be performed by the subcontractor will exceed the $150k limitation per FAR 16.207.3 (Limitations of firm-fixed-price, level-of-effort term contracts)? Thank you in advance for your time.
  15. The COLA percentage is based on the Country & Post the individual is being assigned to. COLA is then derived by taking that percentage and multiplying it by the annual spendable income by salary and family size (http://aoprals.state.gov/Content/Documents/SpendableIncome.pdf). Example: The COLA percentage for Japan, Okinawa is 35%. For an individual who earns $92,000 and has a family size of 3, you would take $38,700 and multiply this by 35%. So, in a nutshell and in addition to obtaining their salary of $92,000, he/she would also rate $13,545 in COLA.
  16. A contract is yet not in place, however the solicitation states, "Personnel stationed overseas in support of this task will be eligible for "as available" services pursuant to their SOFA status and will be eligible for Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) at the permanent location." I gather it would behoove me to reach out to the Contracting Office and ask the question.
  17. Is there an authoritative source that contractors use when calculating overseas COLA for personnel? As it seems the DTMO (http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/cola.cfm) is used solely for Service members only. Thank you.
  18. Vern; First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to respond to my post. Understand that under the terms of the contract, the subcontractor must notify the prime when costs approach or exceed this total. Understand the prime then has the right—but not the obligation—to approve additional costs. Also understand that if the prime approves additional costs, the subcontractor must continue working until the funds are spent or performance is completed. Excuse my ignorance; However if the prime sets an NTE amount, caps the hours, and monitors the subcontractor during performance of the contrac
  19. Is there a requirement that if a Prime is awarded an FFP contract and the Prime has a Sub performing some of the work, that the type of SubK issued must mirror the Prime's contract? If not, what might be some of the advantages and disadvantages of issuing a Cost Reimbursement type SubK and is the Prime allowed to cap the number of hours the Sub may invoice the Prime for?
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