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  1. Neil I think you're right. That is a sound approach, I have seen it done before too. thank you
  2. I seem to remember if a Prime contractor uses (issues a purchase order) to a government facility to perform some qualification testing for example, that procurement is considered a competitive procurement. Is this true ? If so, where is reference for this for a file write up? The Prime has a CPFF contract and FAR 52.244-5 is included in Primes' contract.
  3. I thought as much, we do have to include option pricing but I agree option pricing should not go towards the small biz goals
  4. We are the prime, and the government RFP requires the planned percentage of total proposed contract value awarded 28% to small business. Is contract value the proposed cost? or is contract value the proposed price?
  5. The analyst words should be assertive regardless if the analyst organization has final word on the subject. It should always say....and therefore the price has been determined to be fair and reasonable. The contracting officers in this branch of the Air Force we get our RFP from, state unequivocally that the subcontracts price/cost reasonableness responsibility is on the Prime. In other words, just as someone else already said, the government is using the prime (who may eventually win the award) to do the analysis. They want to see a write up that leads them to same conclusion so not m
  6. Should contractors include a price/cost proposal for this portion of a government RFP with their initial proposal response?
  7. Neil said: I do not agree. Per FAR 15.406-2, the Certificate is required from a subcontractor as close as practicable to the date when your company reached price agreement with the subcontractor, I don't disagree with this either. We haven't reached an agreement on price until the assist audit is completed, in which case if not completed by time of award if we should be that fortunate - a reopener clause has already been communicated to the subcontractor.
  8. Neil and All thanks for your comments, very helpful. I think Neil nailed in the last post, "or is required to be certified" per the Definition. My subcontractors, nor we as the prime, are signing a cert and sending it in with our proposal. Albeit required, the government's request is when the prime signs a cert. That is when our subcontractors will send the prime a signed cert, before we the prime sign our cert. if omission, errors, or changes have occurred since the initial proposal was submitted, it's resolved before we send our signed cert in. That seems to make sense Agree
  9. We are a prime contractor pursuing a government RFP and our subcontractor has proprietary information they will not allow or provide us to see - and the subject line scenario happens frequently. Do the subcontractors certify, and sign certificates of current cost and pricing data with the Prime contractor, or do the subs certify their cost directly with government customer?
  10. H2H had sound advice. How should we interpret " I have formed my subcontracting team"? Does this mean you have other companies poised, for something you all have agreed is in your wheelhouse,? Or does the "your team" consist of a smaller scale of consultants or internal personnel? I assume you are a small business yourself? Either way there are 2 things you must do: a) Subscribe to a M&A, competitor intelligence, customer intelligence, and opportunity intelligence that will steer you into target rich environments for what you do b) search out the B&D and procurement and subc
  11. ji Ramesses was a Pharaoh - and Ramesses said it. 💰👑🗡️
  12. I agree Joel. The Sub had the option fee at X%, when they were required to submit option pricing a year ago. But then we had "ideas" that would upgrade their 'system" and the customer likes our idea. Due to our suggestions that the customer accepted and agreed to fund, the Sub is asking for 35% more Fee than they originally proposed. I like what Neil was writing about, Neil mentioned it a couple times, "there is not government order" that really kicks this action into gear. From the government perspective and what the historical record will show is that the government increased funding
  13. Sorry, one and the same, it increased by 35%, not quite doubled
  14. not accepted yet, but in case you haven't figured this out yet, it's my management that coached the subcontractor to change their fee. This is why I want to protect the subcontractor as well as our company during any audit. read the first paragraph of the document I put in the link . If the subcontractor is increasing fee erratically, not in conformance to its accounting principles, the definition and description of defective pricing is an issue.
  15. Here 2 Help their are 2 issues, agreed, but they are related in that defective pricing is a concern to the prime due to what can be described as erratic Fee proposed. read the last bullet on page 21 of 28 https://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/cpf/docs/contract_pricing_finance_guide/vol4_ch5.pdf
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