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The Department of Defense (DoD) is charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government relating directly to national security and the United States armed forces. The mission of the Department of Defense is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country.

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ssmssm  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, July 13, 2011 7:31:38 AM(UTC)
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Any official(or reliable) website provide information about federal government contractors rate?

I have some contracts, and not sure whether the proposed rates are reasonable. There are many titles, so I prefer to have some data source for contractors' rate.

Thanks.
sakijo  
#2 Posted : Thursday, July 14, 2011 1:55:54 AM(UTC)
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The contracting office is supposed to take the contractor that offers the best price for the type and amount of work that you specify.  If you can justify sole-source, then you can go that way.  Every contract is different, making it difficult to compare.  There must some reason or other why you have contracts rather than having Gov't employees do the job.
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#3 Posted : Thursday, July 14, 2011 6:07:00 AM(UTC)
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Yes there is a web site.  It's www.WDOL.gov

bmj2  
#4 Posted : Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:09:07 AM(UTC)
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Other than perhaps basic labor categories, the rates for any particular contractor would be proprietary to that contractor.  Everyone please be aware of proprietary information when responding to this type request; you could be jeopardizing a source selection or worse.
terrib  
#5 Posted : Thursday, July 14, 2011 9:47:04 AM(UTC)
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I agree with Sakijo!  Are we not supposed to be "in-sourcing" rather than out-sourcing "inherently government" activities?  SO sad, so BAD the contractor's garner a very high hourly rate - of couse, the company outsourcing to the Government has to absorb overhead (administrative) expenses for "managing" those outsourced resources!  Sad - sad!  There have been many reviews of this activity, but nobody seems to have an answer - make the those tasks GOVERNMENT civilians only, research whether the function adds any value or if it should be eliminated! I'm sure DODIG/GAO/ etc., will find that dedicated CS employees are looking out for our National Interests!  Federal employees (believe it or not) are TAXPAYERS too!
 
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Jim1348  
#6 Posted : Thursday, July 14, 2011 1:24:26 PM(UTC)
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ssmssm,

What specific contractor rates are you interested in?


Jim1348 




afbuyer  
#7 Posted : Thursday, July 14, 2011 10:01:19 PM(UTC)
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Just a little background on myself, I’m a contracting specialist for the Air Force.  If you have some contracts, I’m assuming you’re a contracting specialist that’s trying to find the web site we use to ensure the rates are correct.  When the contract was awarded there should have been a wage determination attached to the contract.  The wage determination is from the web site I provided in my earlier post.  If you have proposals, you should have attached the wage determination to the RFP.  By asking this question you’re either very new in contracting, or possibly doing something that’s not really your job.  It’s Contracting’s responsibility to determine price fair and reasonable.  Ultimately a warranted Contacting Officer will sign the contract, and his butt is on the line if it’s done incorrectly.        

afbuyer  
#8 Posted : Thursday, July 14, 2011 10:28:00 PM(UTC)
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Also just another note, the contractor can pay their employee’s whatever wage they want.  The wage determination only determines the minimum wage that the employer is required to pay their employees.  For example on a construction project we have a set wage determination.  We then audit the contractor once a month to ensure they are paying their employees at least the amount required in the wage determination.  We determine reasonableness through competition.  If no competition is available than there are specific guidelines we use from the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to determine the price fair and reasonable.    

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