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Negative impacts on short acquisition lead time
2/6/2017 3:23:00 PM
Question: What are some of the negative impacts of providing the contracting support activity short acquisition lead times due to late requirement packages? I know that the list is long but if I can get a short narrative in order for me to express to my leadership the negative impact of not meeting the suspense dates of an acquisition milestone.
Answer: While the FAR does have timeframes for synopsis and publicizing contract actions, the FAR has no specific timeframe for acquisition lead time. The time frame is left for each agency to determine as a metric and measure. This provides the greatest flexibility to each ...(More)
Industry Norms for Contract PM
2/2/2017 11:22:00 AM
Question: Is this in line with the "industry standard?" The contractor has stated that this is well below the industry standard, but we have not benchmark for comparison. Also, for evaluating costs on the follow-on contract, is this an appropriate cost to use for the IGCE and proposal evaluation?
Answer: For the AAP forum, I believe it is more appropriate for me to answer your question in general terms versus trying to evaluate a specific contractor. So, I will speak to "industry standards" and steps you can take to address your concerns about ...(More)
Antedating performance of reimbursable work
10/26/2016 2:57:00 PM
Question: May a MIPR sent from one DoD activity to another DoD activity antedate performance of reimbursable work? And what is the basis in law or regulation that allows or prohibits this?
Answer: 1. The period of performance on a MIPR reflects the allowable timeline for the work to be performed PROVIDED funds have been appropriated at the time the MIPR is approved. You should have received a funding authorization document (FAD) or a system notification that funds are available for ...(More)
Are FMS contracts exempt from COR requirements
6/30/2016 12:59:00 PM
Question: Can I exempt or are these contracts already exempt from COR designation as these contracts do not fall under the services requirements for appropriated funds and are not reported to congress on the budget? Are they exempt from AFFARS and DFARS? IAW 46.406 I do not see that these are consistent with or required by legislation, executive orders, or agency policies concerning mutual international programs
Answer: In a word, the answer is “no” FMS contracts are not exempt from having a COR assigned, unless… You referenced: 46.406 -- Foreign Governments, in your question, for ...(More)
Contract/Contractor Change Over Best Practices
5/25/2016 9:46:00 AM
Question: With regard to transition activities, is there a white paper or document that describes transition best practices within the DoD?
Answer: I wasn’t able to find any DoD best practices this topic. The extent of transition planning for a contract or task order depends a great deal on what it is you are buying. It may not be complex for supplies and transition issues may be handled at the post award orientation conference with the new contractor, DD Form 1484 provides a format and record for the conference. ...(More)
Appointment for an Administrative Contracting Officer
5/5/2016 3:25:00 PM
Question: Is there a template for an appointment of an ACO?
Answer: Although there is no universal prescribed "template", the content of what should be included when delegating contract administration is listed, very specifically, at FAR 42.202. In addition, you might want to consult the ...(More)