Ask A Professor (AAP) is a Department of Defense resource for asking acquisition and logistics questions concerning policies and practices.
Are rental of space leases covered by the FAR?
9/20/2017 4:23:00 PM
Question: Is SAMS registration required for rental of space contracts with vendors before we can enter into leases?
Answer: The General Services Administration (“GSA”) is the federal agency primarily responsible for owning, leasing, and ...(More)
QASP Performance Threshold guidance
7/17/2017 6:58:00 PM
Question: Is there any current guidance on performance thresholds or can a customer/COR/contracting officer establish 100% compliance/0 error metrics for any service item?
Answer: The best guidance and advice we can offer is to visit the Service Acquisition Mall. Go to step 4 of the ...(More)
Implementing Completion and Outcome-based tasking onto contracts
1/17/2017 1:56:00 PM
Question: What are some best practices for the following: Choosing what contracts and types to implement Identifying Metrics for use of measure implementing the task though there's nothing to measure up front...at least until something happens and we have a need for things?
Answer: The overall "best practice" I can offer is for your organization to follow the guidance contained in DFARS PGI 237.102-77. It states the Automated Requirements Roadmap Tool (ARRT) should be used to prepare contract documents for all performance-based acquisitions for services. ...(More)
DoDI 5000.02 dated 2013 and 2015
1/10/2017 4:37:00 PM
Question: Where in the DoDI 5000.02 dated 2015 covers the topics of Acquisition of Services? Why is it not its own enclosure?
Answer: DoDI 5000.02, December 08, Enclosure 9, Acquisition of Services, remained in effect until new regulatory guidance could be issued in the services acquisition area. The Interim DoDI 5000.02, 26 November 2013 stated this fact as noted above in its Reference section as follows: ...(More)
In case of a competed RFP, is there strategy or strategies to avoid/reduce the SCA or CBA base on wage increase demands?
12/22/2016 2:10:00 PM
Question: 1. In order to verify the requested amount of wage-increase against is it recommended to request for an Audit for DCAA for the amount or whole contract? 2. Based on the rationale it was "competed and the technically acceptable offer (LPTA) does the contractor still due the wage increase? 3. For future contracts what are some of suggested strategies to avoid the wage increase demands - or is it inevitable?
Answer: The Service Contract Act (SCA) and a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) are important facets of labor regulations and labor relations. The SCA applies to all Federal contracts whose principle purpose is to provide services, or service employees, in the United States. It appears your A ...(More)
12/19/2016 12:53:00 PM
Question: Do you have a more recent version of your Market Research Guide? What you have on your website is version 1.0 April 2012.
Answer: The latest version (Version 2.0 dated October 2014) is available at the following link: http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/sa/docs/policies/MR_ReportGuideReview_v1-7-Oct14.pdf (More)
12/7/2016 10:59:00 AM
Question: In determining the price fair and reasonable, should the technical analysis (TA) as a normal course of business address both quantities, types of equipment or materials, quantities of labor hours and a discussion on the cost and unit rates?
Answer: Has market research been completed to support the TA in reviewing the quantities, types of equipment of materials, labor mix and cost and unit rates? In forwarding the technical proposal to the technical evaluation team, the contracting officer should specify any limits on the techni ...(More)
Army R and D subject to Army Request for Service Contract Approval form?
11/18/2016 9:45:00 AM
Question: Are Army R&D services subject to the requirements of the Army Request for Service Contract Approval form? Per the ASA MRA site The Service Contract Approval Request (SCAR) Form is required for all service contracts (see FAR 7.502 Applicability). A SERVICE contract is for tasks to be performed, rather than supplies to be delivered, with no reference to R&D as an exemption.
Answer: The question here essentially is whether research and development contracts are considered a type of service contract. While "service" is not defined in FAR Part 2, it is defined at FAR 37.101 (see item (9)). Unless Army regulations specifically exclude R&D contracts from the...(More)