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Is a Determinations and Findings required for Firm fixed price actions?
8/30/2017 1:54:00 PM
Question: Is the CO required to prepare a Determination and Findings when using a Firm-Fixed price type contract?
Answer: When a firm-fixed price contract is contemplated, the Contracting Officer is required to determine if the use of a firm-fixed priced contract can ...(More)
EVMS Requirements and Research and Development Contracts
6/8/2016 9:24:00 AM
Question: Is an R&D contract awarded under FAR 35 truly subject to the EVMS requirements cited in FAR 34 for Major Acquisitions?
Answer: EVM applicability is governed by three tenets: If the nature of the work is measurable, contract type and dollar threshold. Contract type and dollar value are pretty straight forward. Measurability of planning and executing the work requires more effort to determine. Factors driving that ...(More)
Definition of Adequate as it applies to a contractor's business systems
5/5/2016 11:02:00 AM
Question: Does adequate mean the business system cannot have significant deficiencies?
Answer: DFARs SUBPART 242.70 addresses CONTRACTOR BUSINESS SYSTEMS. Under 242.7000 you can find definitions. As used in this subpart—— “Acceptable contractor business systems” and “contractor business systems” are defined in the clause at ...(More)
APB Updates for Post-FD DBS
10/14/2015 9:25:00 AM
Question:What process would I need to follow to rebaseline a system that is post-FD?
Answer: Re-baselining a program is not a simple matter. Normally, a re-baseline occurs after a program breaches a cost threshold outlined within the current Acquisition Program Baseline (APB). This is a formal document/database which captures the MDA’s agreement with the PM as to what the program ...(More)
DoD Earned Value Management System
8/14/2015 5:22:00 PM
Question: Is the Erned Value Management System applicalbe to a Small Business Se-Aside Contract for Maintenance of Government-Owned Facilities and Equipment (Power House, dams, rivers, parks and recreational areas)? FAR PART 234.203 is applicalbe to Systems acquisition.
Answer: Three questions must be answered to determine if Earned Value Reporting is required on a contract:
1) Is the nature of the effort discrete or measurable?
2) Is the contract a cost reimbursement or incentive type?
3) Is the value of the contract over $20M?
If the answer to all 3 of these questions is ...(More)
Earned Value Management Compared to a PBL Public-Private Partnership
7/16/2014 10:26:00 AM
Question: 1. What are the advantages of each in supply chain with diminishing suppliers? 2. Which system is found to be most successful in the IT/MAIS environment, given security is a key metric? 3. Given a culture that places emphasis on EVM, what key arguments can be used to influence shift to PBL/PPP? 4. Is the delta between PBL and EVM related to the use of a Cost Plus vs a Fixed Price contract?
Answer: The four questions above inadvertently imply that Earned Value Management (EVM) and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in support of a Performance Based Logistics (PBL) product support strategy are mutually exclusive. This is not the case. EVM has historically been practiced on Cost type ...(More)