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  1. I mean, I didn't provide you with the delivery instructions (which were going to be fun - "once a week/Tuesday//at 7:01 AM/to a government employee that probably won't be there once awarded/etc.). Therefore, the SOW was in that sense incomplete.
  2. Some SOWs for pencils (I’m sure): "The pencil shall confirm to the following standards: - 6. 275' in length; 3.068 mm in circumference; wood must be sourced from a northern California Abies lowiana Tree (AKA - California White Fir) between 2006 and 2007; - pigment core must be made of locally sourced Graphite, between 2001 (JAN 3rd) and 2001 (MARCH 22nd) and .507 mm in circumference; - The pencil must be capable of writing 6,000 words, in cursive, on a single sharpening, the text must be at a minimum a 9/10 on the darkness scale (see link – (Department of Education Fake Lin
  3. Don't forget to consult your agency's specific guidance. Yes - FAR 13.000 "This part prescribes policies and procedures for the acquisition of supplies and services, including construction, research and development, and commercial items, the aggregate amount of which does not exceed the simplified acquisition threshold. . . " Forms - FAR 13.307(b) "Other than commercial items. (1) Except when quotations are solicited electronically or orally, the SF 1449; SF 18, Request for Quotations; or an agency form/automated format may be used. Each agency request for quotations form/automated
  4. "Receive package to buy pencils/buy pencils/closeout - repeat" What is the training focused on accomplishing? Market research, acquisition procedures, determining if commercial/none commercial or what???
  5. We don't get reforms as the word is defined. We get what they think is better in the form of legislation which makes now sense or when it does, goes against business logic.
  6. An additional quote from the same paragraph: "The availability of complete administrative review of a contracting officer's decision may sometimes tempt the contracting officer to follow subnormal procedures in the processing of a dispute and to give less than his best attention to his decision."
  7. I want to say yes, but I cannot. Sure, the CO is still needed to make things happen (obligation/admin/termination), but not for the reason outlined in the quote (Economy & Efficiency). COs are expected to be more of "yes men" these days than anything else. It is now more about pushing the current director's, executive's or administration's political agenda/opinion then it is doing what is the best business decision. Our job is only to make sure it get's through without a protest.
  8. The below is a case decision that was based on the 52.242-14 (suspension), but I believe it would still apply to 52.242-15 (stop work): BEARDSLEY_03-26-18_5410__BCPEABODY_CONSTRUCTION_SERVICES_INC.pdf (cbca.gov) Concerning Unabsorbed Home Office Overhead Costs (if that is what you are inquiring about): "BCPeabody requests unabsorbed home office overhead costs in the amount of $49,516.20 for the 179-day suspension. Suspension or delay of contract performance results in an interruption in payment for direct costs, which in turn causes an interruption in payment for overhead; howe
  9. Resource: Winding Down: COVID-19 and Work Stoppages - SmallGovCon Anything claimed must be reasonable in nature and clearly not something that could have been mitigated. FAR 52.242-15(a) - The Contracting Officer may, at any time, by written order to the Contractor, require the Contractor to stop all, or any part, of the work called for by this contract for a period of 90 days after the order is delivered to the Contractor, and for any further period to which the parties may agree. The order shall be specifically identified as a stop-work order issued under this clause. Upon
  10. My bad - "more than one award is intended to be made by someone other than GSA, under an DO/TO or resulting in ID/IQs."
  11. Yes it does. Talking about a way to do a single award and avoiding a limitation to do so. I pointed out a process that will address both the need and the subject services being set aside.
  12. Then aren't we talking about a partial set aside? FAR 19.507(e) - "The contracting officer shall insert the clause at 52.219-14, Limitations on Subcontracting, in solicitations and contracts for supplies, services, and construction, if any portion of the requirement is to be set aside for small business and the contract amount is expected to exceed the simplified acquisition threshold." Make multiple awards. However many needed to the OEM(s) and one to the small business to manage the repairs/services ordered. Hmmm - almost sounds like contracting out the COR's duties when I pu
  13. I can get behind the sub-contracting limitations being applied to only one CLIN (FFP), based on the circumstances. Hybrid (CR/FFP) = fun. With that, I am assuming that both CLINs are commercial in nature based on a traditional view. If this is the case, are we getting into an area where we have to apply a non-commercial designator to the CR CLIN? FAR 16.301-3(b) - "The use of cost-reimbursement contracts is prohibited for the acquisition of commercial items (see parts 2 and 12)." I mean, it does does say CR contract and not CR CLIN. . . Are we really talking about an acquisiti
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