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14Oct
2019

Resolving Payment Issues

by Christi Gilbert

The Federal Government can normally be relied upon to pay contractors on a timely basis. It’s the responsibility of the contractor to submit accurate and timely invoices to ensure prompt payment. The implementation of the Wide Area Workflow (WAWF) system has provided a way to submit invoices electronically which are approved and processed electronically. WAWF...

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7Oct
2019

Factors in Price Analysis

by Tim Griggs

Prior to awarding a contract, the Contracting Officer must determine that the price is fair and reasonable.  A large part of that effort involves price analysis, one or more analysis techniques, and considering multiple cost and price elements.  The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) establishes different procedures based on the contracting method, size of contract award,...

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30Sep
2019

Organic vs. Manufactured Past Performance

by Kevin Jans

On nearly every competitive (or even non-competitive acquisition strategy), there are three key evaluation areas: technical, price, and past performance. The importance of each of them is different for each acquisition…but the value of them is not. To me, past performance is the most valuable, and often overlooked, part of the competition. We recently recorded...

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23Sep
2019

National Stock Numbers

by Steve Lucianetti

A couple of Skyway members have had questions about what a National Stock Number (NSN) is and how to get one.   The NSN is a stock number that is assigned to items that are going to be stocked in the DoD supply system.  Beans to bullets are assigned NSNs for inventory tracking purposes.  To understand...

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16Sep
2019

Case Study: A Tale of Two CPARS

by Shelley Hall

I freely admit that most of the time while I was a CO, I really didn’t pay much attention to CPARS ratings.  While doing operational contracting work, the dollar value rarely exceeded the threshold to require a performance rating.  And if they did, the contractors always accepted a satisfactory rating and we moved on. But...

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