CON 110 Review Mission Support Planning Key Concepts

CON 110 Review Mission Support Planning Key Concepts Whats a Best Value Procurement? Means the expected outcome of an acquisition that, in the Governments estimation, provides the greatest overall benefit in response to the requirement. (FAR Part 2.1) The customer requirement always drives what is best value .

2 The Economy Act The Economy Act authorizes agencies to enter into mutual agreements to obtain supplies or services by inter-agency acquisition when doing so would be more economical. Does not apply to Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contracts and Governmentwide acquisition contracts (GWACs).

(FAR Part 17.5) 3 The Service Contract Act of 1965 Service contracts over $2,500 must contain mandatory provisions regarding minimum wages and fringe benefits, safe and sanitary working conditions, notification to employees of the minimum allowable compensation, and equivalent Federal employee classifications and wage rates. Contractors must pay their employees at least the wages and fringe benefits found by the Department of Labor to

prevail in the locality or, in the absence of a wage determination, the minimum wage set forth in the Fair Labor Standards Act. (FAR 22.1002) 4 Whats a Wage Determination? A Dept. of Labor determination of minimum wages or fringe benefits applicable to employment in given localities of one or more classes of service employees. Find wage determinations at -

5 Walsh-Healy Act and Davis Bacon Act Walsh-Healy: Sets rules re: minimum wages, maximum hours, child labor, convict labor, and safe and sanitary working conditions for materials and supplies contracts exceeding $15,000. (FAR 22.6) Davis Bacon: Sets labor standards for

construction contracts in excess of $2,000. (FAR 22.4) 6 If You Need to Determine if a Particular Clause Is Required in a Contract, Where Do You Look? FAR and/or DFARs FAR Part 52.301 has a matrix that identifies types of contracts and constraints Look at the prescriptions located

throughout the FAR; there are numerous places that identify when to use a particular clause. 7 Whats a Deviation? When a solicitation, provision or contract clause is inconsistent with the FAR, its considered a deviation (FAR Part 1.402). Agency heads or their designees may authorize an individual deviation For a class deviation on a permanent basis, the agency

should propose a FAR revision. 8 Priorities for Supplies, Services Supplies: 1. Agency inventories 2. Excess from other agencies 3. Federal Prison Industries, Inc. 4. Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled

5. Wholesale stock supply sources, such as GSA, DLA, VA. Services: 1. Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled (Subpart 8.7) 9 What Is Market Research? Performed to arrive at the most suitable

approach to acquiring, distributing, and supporting supplies and services. (FAR Part 10) Strategic Market Research: An on-going process to stay current in an area of expertise to support high-level overall planning. Tactical Market Research: More focused and detailed, supporting one or only a few contracting actions. 10 Socioeconomic Considerations Small business, small disadvantaged business,

8(a), HUBZone firms, SDVOSBs, WOSBs, EDWOSBs. Incentive payment to subcontractor who is an Indian organization or economic enterprise. Preference for local organizations, firms, and individuals for major disaster or emergency assistance contracting. Promote participation of HBCUs and MIs. Donate excess food to nonprofit organizations. (FAR Part 19) 11 A Small Business Program Added by the

DFARs DoDs Pilot Mentor-Protg program. Mentor firms are prime contractors with at least one active subcontracting plan Protgs are small disadvantaged firms Business entities owned and controlled by an Indian tribe or by a Native Hawaiian Organization; qualified organizations employing the severely disabled; WOSBs; SDVOSBs; or HUBZone small business concerns.

12 Set-Asides Acquisitions between $3K and $150K are automatically reserved exclusively for small business concerns. Set-asides over $3K for competition restricted to SDVOSBs, HUBZones and WOSB/EDWOSB when offers are expected from two or more firms. Competition limited to 8(a) firms if offers are expected from two or more firms and value of the

contract exceeds $6.5 million for manufacturing or $4 million for all other acquisitions. (FAR Part 19) 13 When Is It Appropriate to Set-Aside a Contract? Contracting officers shall set-aside individual or a class of acquisitions for competition among small businesses when Its in the interest of national defense or mobilizing full productive capacity

Giving small businesses fair opportunity to earn federal dollars in each industry category FAR 19.502-1(a) 14 CON 111 Review Mission Strategy Execution Key Concepts Mission Execution Includes Advertising

Determining how solicitations will be evaluated Issuing solicitation (RFQ, IFB, RFP) Evaluation of quotes, bids or proposals Determining winner, executing contract Debriefing offerors Handling protests 16 Advertising Contract Actions Must publicize contract actions in FBO to Increase competition

Broaden industry participation Assist small business concerns, VOSBs, SDVOSBs, HUBZone firms, SDBs, WOSBs/EDWOSBs. Posted in FedBizOpps for minimum of 15 days (FAR Part 5) 17 Types of Solicitations Solicitation is any request to submit offers or quotations to the

Government. Solicitations under sealed bid procedures are called invitations for bids. Solicitations under negotiated procedures are called requests for proposals. Solicitations under simplified acquisition procedures may require submission of either a quotation or an offer. (FAR 2.101) 18 Discussions

Must be essential for determining the acceptability of a proposal or gives the offeror an opportunity to revise or modify its proposal. (FAR 15.601) In negotiated procurements, discussions with vendors must be meaningful. Discussions must be clear about areas of proposal requiring amplification or revision. Must identify deficiencies and significant weaknesses in each competitive-range proposal. (FAR 15.306)

19 Which Type of Solicitation Permits Discussions? A Request for Proposals (RFP) 20 Clarifications Clarifications are meant to clear up items like apparent mistakes and to resolve issues that are not clear to the Government.

No requirement for the Government to pursue clarifications with all offerors. Might be necessary to afford an offeror an opportunity to address adverse past performance information. (FAR 15.305) 21 Exchanges Exchanges are communications after receipt of proposals but before the establishment of the competitive range.

May include communication with offerors whose past performance is the determining factor. May be used to enhance the Governments understanding of offerors proposal. 22 Source Selection Objective: To select the proposal that represents the best value. The award decision must be based on evaluation factors tailored to the acquisition.

Evaluation factors are within the broad discretion of agency acquisition officials. All factors must be stated in the solicitation Must include factors relationship to price. (FAR 15.302) 23 Cost or Pricing Data Refers to all facts that prudent buyers and sellers would expect to affect price negotiations significantly. Cost or pricing data are factual, not judgmental, and are verifiable.

More than historical accounting data; they are all the facts that can be reasonably expected to contribute to the soundness of estimates of future costs and to the validity of costs already incurred. (FAR 2.101) 24 What Are Certified Cost or Pricing Data? Means cost or pricing data that were required to be submitted (FAR 15.403-4 and 5) and have been certified, or are required to be certified, in accordance with FAR 15.406-2.

This certification states that, to the best of the persons knowledge and belief, the cost and pricing data are accurate, complete, and current as of a certain date. Cost or pricing data are required to be certified in certain procurements (10 USC 2306a and 41 USC 254b) 25 What Are Data Other than Certified Cost or Pricing Data? Data other than certified cost or pricing

data means pricing and cost data and judgmental information needed by the Contracting Officer to determine a fair and reasonable price or to determine price realism. 26 Cost Analysis vs. Price Analysis Price analysis used when cost or pricing data are not required. process of examining and evaluating a proposed price

without evaluating its separate cost elements and proposed profit. Should be used to verify that the overall price offered is fair and reasonable. Cost analysis used to evaluate the reasonableness of individual cost elements when cost or pricing data are required. (FAR 15.404) 27

Contract Formats Non-Commercial Items: RFP Commercial Items: IFB (FAR 15.204, 14.201) ... so whats the difference? 28 Advance Payments

May be provided on any type of contract; sparingly. Least preferred method of contract financing. Contractor must give adequate security Considered appropriate for research, management of Govt facility, acquisition of property, classified work, contracts entered into with financially weak contractors whose technical ability is considered essential, and contracts for which a loan by a private financial institution is not practicable.

(FAR 32.404) 29 Lowest Price Technically Acceptable vs. Tradeoff Can obtain best value in negotiated acquisition by using any one or a combination of source selection approaches. Importance of cost or price may vary. LPTA: Best value is expected to result from selection of the technically acceptable proposal with the lowest evaluated price. Tradeoff: When it may be in the best interest of the

Govt to award to other than the lowest priced offeror or other than the highest technically rated offeror. (FAR Part 15.101) 30 Solicitation Amendment, Cancelation Solicitations are changed by amendment and contracts are changed by modifications. SF 30, Amendment of Solicitation/Modifications of Contract is used to make these changes. lumps "Modification/

Amendment/Cancel" into one announcement type. FBO announcement of this type satisfies regulations outline re: cancellation notice. (FAR 43.201, FAR 12.603) 31 CON 112 Review Mission Performance Assessment Key Concepts CON 112 Covers ...

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Post Award Orientation Aids both Govt and contractor personnel to achieve a clear and mutual understanding of all contract requirements, and identify and resolve potential problems. Encouraged to assist small business. (FAR 42.501) 34 Past Performance Rating Past performance information relevant for future source selection purposes.

Includes contractors record of conforming to contract requirements, good workmanship, record of forecasting and controlling costs, adherence to schedule, history of cooperative behavior, integrity and business ethics, and business-like concern for the interest of the customer. (FAR 42.15) 35 Modifications Bilateral: To make negotiated equitable adjustments

resulting from the issuance of a change order. Unilateral: To make administrative changes; Issue change orders; Make changes authorized by clauses other than a changes clause; and Issue termination notices. (FAR 43.103) 36 Options May provide for the purchase of additional supplies or services, or extend the overall duration of the term of the contract.

Generally, the total of the basic and option periods shall not exceed 5 years. These limitations do not apply to information technology contracts. (FAR 17.2) 37 Contract Administrative Functions Detailed in ... FAR 42.302 and DFARS 242.302

How many do you think there are? 38 Non-Performance - Remedies Detailed in: FAR 43.2, FAR 42.1303, FAR 49.607, FAR49.2, and FAR 49.4

39 What Is a Contracting Officers Final Decision? Detailed in FAR 33.211 Sometimes called Final Determination or a Decision by the Contracting Officer. Its a written document signed by the CO ruling on a Claim or a Dispute. What does a Decision contain?

40 Contract Closeout What is it? The process of settling all outstanding contractual issues to ensure that each party has met all of its obligations and documenting the contract file accordingly. Detailed in FAR 4.804-5(a), FAR 42,708. 41

Stop Work Order May be used in any negotiated fixed-price or costreimbursement supply, research or development or service contract if work stoppage may be required for reasons such as advancement in the state-of-the-art, production or engineering breakthroughs, or realignment of programs. Detailed in FAR 42.1303. 42

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