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  1. it won't work for this one, at least at this time, it does not appear it would. However, we are going to stand up a BPA for crane repair, and I think your suggestion is ON POINT. Thanks, Dale
  2. I think that most of the repairs will end up being Not-to-Exceed (NTE) until the shop is able to completely breakdown the problem area. Your description of getting the prices for common repairs, akin to scenario pricing, along with labor rates, makes sense, though it could get a bit tedious. Has anyone tried rotating the awards? that is, if there are three firms that are BPA holders, rotating the calls to the three firms? I suggest three, because I think that is the likely number for our locale. Thanks and regards, Dewey
  3. An IDIQ would mean I have a contract with rates and a supporting price memorandum. A BPA would mean I don't have a contract, but I do have some rates, some prices, etc. For either we would have to negotiate a final price for each call/order. I am leaning towards competing a BPA for firms that do such work in our metro area. The BPA could be our test baby, so that we can know more about what is available in the area. Thoughts?
  4. I need to stand up two BPAs - both for repairs in our local area. Probably up to $150K each for a year. We can get rates from each firm, but the calls (NTE when issued) can't be definitively priced until the heavy equipment(s) are taken apart. Anticipate two BPAs with only two local firms that do this sort of repair work. I am more accustomed to "C" type contracts and IDIQ contracts, vice BPAs What can I use for standing up two single award BPAs (can do multiple award, since we can't compete individual calls - i.e. can't price until they are taken apart)? That is, do I draft a J&A t
  5. To avoid doing a J&A the price had to be evaluated prior to award. If the price was evaluated, then it should be displayed in the contract as a final, negotiated price for the six months. If not displayed because no price was agreed upon, then you are back to preparing a J&A and having to go through the unavoidable delay while the J&A goes through a long signature chain. It is tempting to skip the J&A because you are running out of time, but you have are not 'kosher' if you try to use -8 as a "cheap trick" way to add 6 months to the contract.
  6. I think a found most of the answer. Here is an excerpt from DAU - The way to ensure that you will evaluate options is to say so in your solicitation and then do it during the proposal evaluation process using the appropriate FAR (or agency) clauses, depending on which is appropriate for your requirement. To evaluate options is “normal” in the use of options, it would be “unusual” to include an option and not evaluate it (see FAR 52.217-3, but it can be done and there are valid reasons). When you include an option and don’t evaluate it that means you cannot exercise the option “unilaterally”
  7. Question: If the GOVT elects to use 52.217-8 -- Option to Extend Services for up to a six month extension, what approvals are needed? If the price for the six months was not previously evaluated, are we looking at posting to FBO, and a J&A?
  8. Hi. I am referring to the price existing in a dynamic contractual setting. The price is established within a context that includes, but is not limited to related factors, such as time for delivery, means of delivery, time and method of inspection, quality control requirements, and on and on... So, a price might seem to be fair and reasonable, until we look further at other terms of the contract that impact price. If you have ever negotiated with Cost as an Independent Variable (CAIV), you have seen how related factors can be negotiated until a "price" is reached. Price does not exist in a
  9. "Fair and reasonable" is a construct. We see that it is more involved than a few stipulations or a few slides. Although a fair and reasonable price determination has been summarized in many ways, and likewise described and detailed in numerous ways, it is a construct that is really an abbreviated way of naming a very involved subset (pricing) of a very large body of knowledge (contracting). It is a construct we go back to because the determination is about getting appropriate consideration "in contract". i.e. can we support accepting this price on behalf of the Government? A GAO decision wi
  10. You asked -"would a determination of the lowest price being fair and reasonable, solely on the basis of adequate price competition, be compliant with the governing rules?" I ask you, could you defend your determination to a wise tribunal? did you consider all pertinent facts? Where there any inconsistencies vis a vis the lowest price? i.e. was it much TOO low? Ask yourself, what do I have besides the competition? Is there pertinent price history? what price did we expect? Do they understand the requirement? what is our G.E. amount? Again, it is about the situation in which the determinat
  11. Greetings all. If your system won't let you decide whether or not to make the check boxes available to vendors, then shame on you/us... :-} it is meant to be a decision point, for the buyer. There is a reason the buyer is to be able to decide if they (interested party boxes) are available. Remember, being an interested vendor is NOT the same thing as being an interested party. i.e. Checking the box does not make one an interested party. My point was that if you are announcing an intended sole source, the contractor(s) need to do more than check the interested party box on FBO. They have to c
  12. I am glad to see that others have suffered under the burden of the recurring new FY trick bag. No matter what we do, there is suffering. As long as the services must go on, and we are censored for letting contractors work without funds, there will be suffering. It is not logical, but it happens every year. We can read the clause until we fall asleep. The clause was intended to let contractors work. The immediate problem is that they might start invoicing us before the funds arrive. This conundrum can't be fixed with the current rules. If we want to make the auditors "happy", we mus
  13. Hi. See below that the interested vendor function is for competitive solicitations, or notices, such as sources sought, that are in preparation for a competed solicitation. This is from the FBO buyer's guide - "Opportunity Actions: Vendors are able to add themselves to the Interested Vendors List (IVL) for an opportunity. If the buyer has indicated that reviewing vendors are able to review other interested vendors, vendors can review the list of vendors who have expressed interest in the opportunity. Vendors can request explicit access to view controlled, unclassified packages with explicit
  14. Agreed. I see it (interested vendors) on intended sole source notifications. This is confusing, since they have to challenge a proposed sole source (typically sole responsible source), not register as an interest vendor. Note that lawyers do at times want to know if bidders registered as an interested vendor for a solicitation. View that this is oblique, but it is in some cases recorded, like a footnote that is at best indirectly related to the matter at hand. The interested vendor field does seem to be best used to stimulate competition, and especially for commercial items or services.
  15. I think registering on the FBO site (interested vendors) has been confused by many contract specialists, and their supervisors, with determining who is an interested party. I have heard it said that "you have to register as an interested vendor or they will toss you out." This appears incorrect, clearly. Further, on the other end of the spectrum, some firms or individuals just use it (FBO) for free advertising. Further, along with what Mr. Edwards recently wrote, I re-learned last night that there are subtle differences in determining who is an interest party, depending on the venue. For i
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