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  1. 6.302-1, Only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements, and, we are not using Part 8.
  2. I am looking for clear directions as to what category a notice should be placed under when posting on Beta.SAM.gov (FBO). I have searched the FBO site and found only a brief description as to the categories and the types of notices that should be placed under each one https://www.fsd.gov/gsafsd_sp?id=gsafsd_kb_articles&sys_id=80e5f8211b5e601005f9a93ce54bcba4 I found the Air Force FAR (Part 5) Supplement that has the details I need; however, my organization is not under the AF or even DoD. In particular, I am looking for guidance / supporting documentation that talks to the
  3. Our COs have full workloads in addition to reviewing and signing for junior folks. (HHS)
  4. We use options on our BPA orders all the time. If the work is the same, and it's a known need, and the work can be priced out as an option, then why not take advantage of that instead of going through a longer process (and more expense) to request a quote/proposal, evaluate, document, and award? What is your concern about the options? That the vendor will not perform? How would issuing a separate order to the same vendor for the same work overcome your concerns?
  5. Forgoing the FAR research for now, questions such as is your company a small business, and was the competition a small business set-aside would be helpful? If so, there may limitation of subcontracting issues. What type of contract is it? What type of service is the contract providing? The fact that the CO is directing you to subcontract out positions, could be indicative of a personal services type arrangement that the federal agency may or may not have the authority to pursue. You are responsible, as the Prime, to perform the work as you see fit. There should not be a Government person
  6. It is refreshing to hear someone interested in learning their craft as opposed to wanting to run up the grade pole as fast as possible. My suggestion is to take the DoD position, learn and experience all you can, and get your Level 3 certification. Once you feel you have reached a level of experience you are comfortable with, and if there are no promotion opportunities where you are, then consider moving to a civilian agency to finish the climb. My experience with DoD (I left 12 years ago, after 20+ years in) is that the grades were about 1 grade lower than what one can get in the c
  7. "Mine can't do any of that. I never thought I'd long for PD2" Word! Been saying that since I left DoD over 12 years ago.
  8. I am under the impression that consideration for modifications (NCEs, for example) apply to Fixed Price type contracts, As Cost/T&M type contracts are considered "best efforts", consideration would not be needed. Have I been operating under an urban legend?
  9. Do the "Instructions to Offerors" mention how to set up the proposal? (I know, if they did you probably would not be asking. If there is a concern, sounds like a question to the Contracting Officer should be sent.)
  10. There is no minimum guarantee in a requirements contract. Instead, the "consideration" is that all specified (recurring) work will be given to that vendor for a period of time, so one advantage of a requirements contract is that there is no need to obligate funds at time of award to cover the minimum. In fact, there is no need to order anything. Under a requirements contract, the Government is pretty much on the hook to get their goods/services from the vendor for a specified period. There may be a "maximum" amount established in which the Government is tied to order from the Vendor, a
  11. When a COR was not appointed, two titles I would come across were PATR (Procuring Activity Technical Representative) (DoD) and TPOC (Technical Point of Contact).(non-DoD).
  12. I don't think it's the cliquish issue. It's more a matter of how the statement of work being defined and if there are "restrictive" requirements that are being allowed to remain in the statement of work. Stating "at least 29 FTE" could be program's way of saying that this is amount needed to perform the work; however, is the work described with such sufficiency that the offerors could come to their own conclusions as to the number of FTEs? As far as felons go, that could impact obtaining a clearance to work on the Government site. The determination of appropriate security clearances are no
  13. When my agency evaluates past performance in proposals, we use PPIRS data to evaluate performance risk: usually High, Medium, or Low performance risk. I have heard that some agencies are actually giving a "score" (adjectival or numerical) based on the PPIRS data when evaluating past performance in a source selection. Knowing that the quality of the past performance data in PPIRS is by no means standard, I would find it difficult at best to downgrade vendors who received less than an excellent rating, and I think I would have a hard time supporting that evaluation score if the vendor pro
  14. "My laptops should have the 6th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor " Please provide a brand name justification for this requirement or provide the salient characteristics as to what would be an acceptable equivalent.
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