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Procurement is the acquisition of goods and/or services at the best possible total cost of ownership, in the right quality and quantity, at the right time, in the right place and from the right source for the direct benefit or use of corporations, individuals, or even governments, generally via a contract, or it can be the same way selection for human resource. Simple procurement may involve nothing more than repeat purchasing. Complex procurement could involve finding long term partners or suppliers that might fundamentally commit one organization to another. [Wikipedia]

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scarabonback  
#1 Posted : Sunday, February 28, 2010 8:37:00 AM(UTC)
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I have a question to my fellow [Federal employee] Contract Specialists. 
 
Does anyone work within a Federal Agency that outsources areas of Federal procurement and Government responsibilities such as:  acquisition planning, composing "IGCEs", performing technical evaluations, etc.?  I think I'm going to lose my mind!!!  The contractor has completely gone rogue and the the Government program office is pleased with their work; yet they're costing taxpayers more money????!!!!
scarabonback  
#2 Posted : Sunday, February 28, 2010 8:39:05 AM(UTC)
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I'll gladly explain further once (and if) someone replies. Confused
kevinv  
#3 Posted : Monday, March 01, 2010 10:46:07 AM(UTC)
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I'm not sure I understand your question or situation. So you're a federal employee, right? ...and your office is contracting for people to prepare the contract documents (IGCE, PR, TAR, etc.)??? If so, then what the hell are you doing?
restonham  
#4 Posted : Wednesday, March 03, 2010 1:30:58 PM(UTC)
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There are many government technical requirements office that hire consulting companies to help them do their part of the job.  There are also procurement offices that hire the same companies, that have mostly retired 1102s, to help with the workload.  There are not enough experienced 1102s in the government to handle the volume of procurements.  Contractors can do many things, but they can't negotiate, they can't make decisions (only recommendations to the CO), and they can't sign or commit the government to anything.
 
Until the government hires and trains large numbers of 1102s, this will continue.
O2bXFED  
#5 Posted : Tuesday, March 16, 2010 8:39:30 PM(UTC)
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My Agency, IRS, does not use contractors to do 1102 functions.   However, I know many ex-IRS  1102 employees that work for contractors selling them back to the Govt.   Until the Govt makes up for all those Carter years where 1102s were considered unnecessary overhead, and the new folks get fully educated and fully of experianced, it will be here to stay.   I, for one, will likely retire soon and go over to the other side.Thumbs Up

restonham  
#6 Posted : Tuesday, March 23, 2010 1:40:29 PM(UTC)
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I have good news and bad news for you, the IRS does hire contractor support for procurement.  That's the bad news.  The good news it that you can consult back to your own aganecy when you retire Cool
jamesk  
#7 Posted : Monday, January 03, 2011 3:02:44 AM(UTC)
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Without digging into the FAR, there are two acquisition staff that must be Federal employees. These are the contracting officer that has been issued the warrant and the QAR/QAS or COTR/Project Officer that actually accepts the services and/or commodities on behalf of the government. As far as I know all other positions 'could' be contracted out. 
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