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Clarity or Terminology Used
9/5/2017 2:56:00 PM
Question: MIL-DTL-24528 CALLS FOR A CERTIFICATE OF QUALITY CONFORMANCE, WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THAT AND A C OF C (IE; 81356)
Answer: I suggest you reference the contract requirement, contract data requirements list (CDRL) and data item description (DID) to determine ...(More)
Seeking clarity as to the Governments rights for claiming latent defect as it pertains to warranty and the 52-246-2 clause
8/30/2017 2:06:00 PM
Question: Does a warrant clause in the contract negate the government's right to claim latent defects under the 52-246-2 clause after product has been accepted?
Answer: You will find your answer at FAR 46.705(b) Warranty clauses shall not limit the Government’s rights under an inspection clause (see Subpart 46.3) in ...(More)
Low Rate Initial Production - LRIP
8/30/2017 1:49:00 PM
Question: Is 52.245-1 an applicable clause for the disposition of LRIP items?
Answer: FAR 52.245-1 does not apply to LRIP items once they are accepted by the Government unless the items are subsequently provided as Government-furnished property (GFP). This is true for all deliverable items that have been accepted by the Government. GFP is defined a ...(More)
MIL-I-45208 and MIL-Q-9858A have been cancelled
8/28/2017 5:00:00 PM
Question: Why is MIL-I-45208 and MIL-Q-9858A still being used by some of the other services even though these standards have been cancelled?
Answer: The following provides guidance pertinent to your question. Without reference to specific programs it is not discernable as to why they may be employing these standards on their programs or what waivers have been obtained. http://www.dsp.dla.mil/Policy-Guidance/FAQs/Canceled-Documents/ Q: Do cancellation notices apply to everyone? A: Cancellation notices inform DoD personnel that documents are no longer ...(More)
Is 5 percent scrap rate on manufacturing item acceptable?
8/24/2017 11:02:00 AM
Question: Is a 5% scrap rate acceptable? I am preparing a pricing report for a firm fixed price contract where the Contractor has a 5% scrap rate and they have stated that it is their standard scrap rate. They have a Hyperion database system but could not provide historical actuals. From my memory a 5 percent scrap rate is about average in manufacturing. This is a start-up of a production line that was last done in 2011. It seems reasonable to me. However, my boss is concerned that the Contractor has not provided details. My reasoning is that the Contractor assumes the risk because it is a FFP.
Answer: While it is perhaps reasonable to generalize that a scrap rate is typically a small percentage, it would be inappropriate to generalize that any specific ...(More)
DD250 delay entry into WAWF
8/22/2017 2:48:00 PM
Question: I've looked in appendix F and cannot find where it states the DD250 must be prepared at time of inspection. Where is it written?
Answer: FAR 46.601 makes it mandatory for agencies to prescribe procedures and instructions for the use, preparation, and distribution of material inspection and receiving reports to show evidence of Government inspection (see FAR ...(More)
Should an altered item drawing of an assembly include the item being altered in the parts list?
8/15/2017 2:11:00 PM
Question: Should an altered item drawing of an assembly include the item being altered as a line item in the parts list?
Answer: According to our Provisioning Subject Matter Experts, the short answer is "yes". The non-altered item would be P-Coded and indentured under the ...(More)
ARCO Curves or Weight Advantage Curves
8/7/2017 3:58:00 PM
Question: What information can you provide on application of ARCO or weight advantage curves? These curves adjust (usually by weight) hours per lb. of manufacturing from a smaller product to a product that is larger. I am given to understand the underlying assumption is that as a product gets larger the hrs/lb of manufacturing goes down.
Answer: ARCO stands for the Aircraft Resource Control Office and back in the 1960's the Air Forde was playing with parametric cost estimating models based on weight. There was a paper published by the RAND Corp. in ...(More)