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08/23/2022 7:16 AM

​Updated source selection procedures have been published.  See DPC's Contract Policy page for competitive source selection.  It's a great place to find latest document as well as Peer Reveiw information for your competitive procurement.

8/23/2022 7:16 AMNo
08/23/2022 6:27 AM
Two resources I use a lot.  The PWS Writing Guidelines and the plain language dot gov site.  They mostly compliment one another although the plain language guide will tell you to use Must for required actions and the PWS Writing Guidelines will say to use Shall.  Check out the Plain Language web site.  NOTE:  you may have to click on the announcement title to access the link. Look for helpful links there to "Use [of] simple words and phrases."  You'll find:

Don’t say         Say
a and/or b a or b or both
accompany go with
accomplish carry out, do
accorded  given
accordingly so
accrue add, gain
accurate         correct, exact, right

And that's only partially through the As on the list.  My favorite is utilize.  Why not just use?  There are more guides to download or browse there and the Law and regulations are there too.  Look for the No-Gobbledygook awards (a bit of history trivia perhaps).

PWS Writing Guidelines may be found with a search here on DAU's web site, or click through the link above.  Do you have a favorite writing tip?  

8/23/2022 6:27 AMNo
03/24/2022 3:09 PM

[Updated link 5/26/2022]​

GSA plans to roll up OASIS, OASIS Small Business, and two other professional services contract vehicles under its GSA Services MAC (“BIC MAC”), with an RFP anticipated in 2022. [BIC=Best in Class; MAC= Multiple Award Contract]

How many folks are using OASIS/OASIS Small Business?

3/24/2022 3:09 PMNo
03/14/2022 11:53 AM

The Court of Federal Claims Decision on a post-award bid protest for a sole-source award in response to FEMA's request to the Army Corps of Engineers for debris removal following tornados in 2021 provides insights into writing a good J&A.  

[Open this announcement to follow the link.]

Although there are specific circumstances here, you can pull that J&A rationale from the court's full decision.  You will have to modify it based on your situation, as the details in this case likely won't be present in your situation.  But rational that is clearly thought through including an analysis of why other acquisition methods would not suffice will lead you to a better J&A.

In this post-award bid protest, the plaintiffs, Ceres Environmental Services, Inc. (“Ceres”) and D&J Enterprises, Inc. (“D&J”), challenge the award by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) of a sole-source contract issued without competitive bidding to DRC Emergency Services, LLC (“DRC”) for debris removal in Graves County, Kentucky, following a tornado that struck on December 10, 2021.

3/14/2022 11:53 AMNo
02/4/2022 7:02 AM

​[Open announcement to access the link] The Army obligates more money to acquire services than products. On average for the previous three fiscal years, the Army’s procurement of services represents nearly $67B of total contractual execution. Services acquisition is a big deal, requiring disciplined oversight and management to ensure the Army receives expected performance outcomes and deliverables that are cost effective. DoD Instruction 5000.74, Defense Acquisition of Services mandates the Services Requirement Review Board (SRRB) process. SRRBs are designed to institutionalize proper life-cycle and portfolio management of services requirements.  

Check out the Army Tip FY22 #02 for SRRB actions and minimum analysis requirements.

2/4/2022 7:02 AMNo

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