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  1. Our office learned about the reinstatement of 13.5 at 0630 this morning and we started using at 0800 . Happy new year everyone!
  2. Yes, we are planning to place an order on a sole source basis under another agency's BOA. Thank you for your response. It appears that I was overthinking it all along.
  3. Perhaps I am splitting hairs on this one, but when I do something I'd prefer to do it properly and understand what I'm doing and why I'm doing it the way I'm doing it. Also, doing it right doesn't really take any more effort than doing it wrong. And to be clear, I have comparatively little experience with Agreements in general, so I apologize if I'm coming off as a dunderhead. I am nearly certain that a contractor's response to a BOA (not a contract) is treated as a quotation. To borrow from the definition in FAR 13.004(a), Legal Effect of Quotations: "A quotation is not an offer and, conse
  4. I was in your shoes nearly 9 years ago. Trust me, what you are experiencing is perfectly normal. I felt like a fish out of water for about the first year. By my second and third years I felt like I was at least treading water. As my supervisor (KO) at the time stated, my cost/benefit ratio to the office was exactly 0. Nowadays I'd say I am relatively comfortable with what I do, however as Vern correctly points out, Contracting is a complicated field and the only constant is constant change. And after 5 years, don't be surprised if you look back at what you learned in earlier years and realize
  5. Joel, Really, you are only mildly curious? That's it? I, for one, am sitting on the edge of my seat! Where's my popcorn ...
  6. Emphasis added. Yes, this is an old topic, but it does strike a cord with me. In my observation, automation did free up time. But think about people who move into a bigger house because they need space for all their crap. What happens shortly thereafter? They fill the bigger house to the brim with more needless crap. Then they move into a bigger house ... raise your electronic hand if you are guilty of this. As an 1102, in my prior organization roughly 10 to 15% of my time was spent tracking down data for endless data calls (usually redundant ones at that). And that was increasing, up until
  7. Huh. Sadly, I can't say I'm all that surprised. I've seen agencies (which shall remain unnamed) present official awards or other recognition to employees who figured out ways of "improving" a process by commiting blatant violations of law or regulation.
  8. Okay, what the heck, I'll see if I can get this interesting thread moving again. I am currently reading Kissinger 1973, The Crucial Year by Alistair Horne. It is proving the be a thoroughly fascinating read about one of the most tumultuous years in American, and world history. I highly recommend it.
  9. No kidding. I read the entire court decision, and the digust you describe was plainly evident. In fact, I have to give the judge kudos for showing more restraint than I would have. The infamous USAF Tanker procurements have been excellent examples of what NOT to do during the solitication, evaluation and award phase of an acquisition. The example you cited is an excellent demonstration of what NOT to do during contract admin. Unbelievable. If I were to sum it up, for those that haven't read the entire decision, the Corps provided a defective spec to the contractor, who (surprise surprise
  10. jad

    Expeditor?

    The "expeditor" exists (unofficially) in the agency our contracting office supports. After our agency customer dithers with a procurement request (funds, SOW, market research results, etc), staring at their navel I guess, for months and months and months on end, and upon finally getting the request, their "expeditor"starts riding our butts only hours later to get the contract awarded yesterday.
  11. LOL, I was going to say "group think beauracratic inertia", but, that works too! When I first came into the contracting world and the larger universe of government acquisition, I too was guilty of learning purely from others in the organization and the DAU courses. I suppose when you are so green, this will be the natural tendency. One day, I decided to carefully read Parts 12, 13 and 13.5 and was rather confused that it did not match up with how my agency did things. That's when I first started having my own questions, not the least of which was why the heck we were making it more diffic
  12. Our office has not gone paperless per se, but we do try to avoid printing until the final, official copy of whatever document is ready for the file. We try to keep all draft copies (ie, the PWS) in electronic form where we use MS Word's Track Changes tool and comments to easily and legibly make changes. And we do keep electronic copies of all the important contract docs on a share server. But our PD2 system is simply too unstable and unreliable to upload massive amounts of files to it; I think we'd probably kill the poor hamster, running on his little squeaky wheel, if we tried to do that
  13. Vern, In consideration of you other reply to policyguy, probably to get all the way down to the .5% figure in the memo. In other words, it appears that someone played with the math (the numerator and the denominator) to get the 13.5 useage % as low as possible (and unintentionally made it look ridiculous in the process). I guess they figure if they are going to do the CYA thing, they might as well come out with all guns blazing ... "Ah, yes, well you see, that 13.5 test program is so unimporant and insignificant. I mean, look at the tiny percentage of cases where anyone actually used it. S
  14. You are correct. We are already in the process of re-edumacating ourselves into the world of Part 12/15 and are looking closely at the language in 12.6. We certainly don't care to go back to the old "FAR Part 15 Plus" way of doing business, what Vern Edwards described as "The FAR Part 15 Process Model" in is excellent article at http://www.wifcon.com/anal/analcomproc.htm. Joel, My Agency is already working on a response to the DPAP memo. However, I suspect some agencies (like the one I used to work for) probably won't bother because they never followed the spirit of 13.5 anyway. The prior a
  15. My agency suspects this as well. In fact, we have already found evidence of possible mis coding on what could be a significant scale. As you said, shame on us if that's true. However, I can't believe for the life of me why no one questioned the tiny percentages of less than 1% reported in FPDS. It would have made more sense for the someone to at least ask the questions they are asking now in the referenced memorandum before throwing out the baby with the bath water. But that makes too much sense, sorry, I forgot. Our Agency for one HEAVILY relies on 13.5, so this is going to be a rather
  16. Hey, I feel your pain as well. Only around here the oft used phrase is "work stoppage, work stoppage!" This is often screamed in response to our position that we must follow CICA, unless we cite a legitimate and very specific exception to competition (and "I don't care what congress says 'cuz they are a bunch of morons, I want to do it my way and go straight to company ABC" isn't one of them). Or that we must comply with FAR Part 5.2 public notice requirements. Or that we must follow the laws and regs of the US in general. Some days it is comical. Some days it is incredibly tiring. Most
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