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October 2023 Shutdown Guidance

UPDATED: Sept. 28, 2023 @ 3:00 p.m. (Eastern) |  In the event of a lapse in government funding, all instructor-led FAI CSOD courses starting on or after Oct. 2, 2023, will be rescheduled until further notice. FAI will contact students enrolled in courses that are subject to rescheduling and work with course vendors to communicate new course schedules. Please consult with your agency’s acquisition career manager or small agency representative and plan accordingly.

COR Toolkit

The Contracting Officer Representative Toolkit is a knowledge base tool, developed by a Spring 2020 LEAP team in partnership with FAI. Some of the links provided require an additional user ID and password to access the material.

Acquisition Gateway

Some useful tips and resources on PWS writing. See also the Performance Work Statement (PWS) Writing Tips - Handout for the companion training session handout. Delivered to a DoD audience, but many of the tips and resources have broader applicability.

This guide, geared toward the greater acquisition community (especially program offices), breaks down performance-based service acquisition into eight steps. The steps cover each aspect of a performance-based acquisition.

Solutions Finder will make your decision easier by providing visibility into the many offerings available from other agencies. Once you’ve narrowed it down to your ‘short-list’, you can compare them side-by-side to see what makes the most sense for your specific acquisition.

The Project Center allows you to manage your acquisition research, documents, and timelines. You can collect resources from across the Gateway apps and upload your own documents in one central location to build and share your acquisition package with your team!

The Laptop Desktop Finder helps acquisition professionals make pricing and market research evaluations; compare workstation specs and explore how memory, OS, and accessory selection impact configuration prices.

This tool provides a nationwide dashboard of upcoming federal contracting opportunities. All projected procurements are subject to revision or cancellation.

GSA's eBuy-Open, is a web platform that provides access to all electronic Requests for Quote (RFQ) /Proposal (RFP) submitted through the GSA eBuy system from FY14 forward. A variety of data filtering, formatting and reporting features are available to analyze the data

The Contract-Awarded Labor Category (CALC) tool helps federal contracting officers and others find awarded prices to use in negotiations for labor contracts. It offers ceiling prices, fully burdened costs, services data, and worldwide rates.

The Best-In-Class (BIC) Research Tool helps you identify and compare available Best-in-Class solutions to find the best one for your needs. The tool is a Government-wide designation for acquisition solutions that can be used by multiple agencies and that satisfy key criteria defined by the White House Office of Management and Budget. This page consolidates BIC Program-related articles and solutions posted in the Acquisition Gateway

Here you will find tools that will help you find data related to acquisition and category management spend, pricing, and market research information. The page is organized by Data & Dashboards Pricing Tools, and Research Tools tabs to help you easily find information to conduct market research, build an Independent Government Cost Estimate (IGCE), create a Cost and Price Analysis, and more.

The tool establishes a database that provides buying agencies with transparency into the prices paid by other agencies at the task or delivery order level.

The Independent Government Cost Estimate (IGCE) creation tool allows individuals to build an IGCE using fully loaded labor rates from the CALC Tool, you can now easily build up your own labor rates by selectively adding indirect costs to base labor rate(s) you enter yourself. You can now selectively add indirect rates to nonlabor items (e.g. travel, materials), including the addition of a Materials & Subcontract (M&S) rate. A complete audit trail is downloadable for any CALC rates used in creating an estimate.

Discovery is a market research tool that helps you explore GSA services contracts, vendors, and vendor contract history to determine whether a GSA contract can meet your needs.

Use the Gateway to connect with resources, tools and each other to improve your acquisition experience! Check out the 80+ step by step guides and 12+ videos resources to learn how to use the different tools available to CORs. You must be registered and log into the Acquisition Gateway to access these resources.

The Green Procurement Compilation (GPC) is a comprehensive green purchasing resource designed for federal contracting personnel and program managers

FAR References

Performance Work Statement

Payment Documentation and Process (Invoices)

Labor-hour contract

Time-and-materials contract

Cost-reimbursement contract

Fixed-price contract on your project

Source selection planning

RFP Requirements

Best value continuum

Contracting by negotiation

Current simplified acquisition threshold (SAT) and procedures

Describing Agency Needs

Market research procedures

RFQ requirements

Acquisition Planning

Competition Requirements

Ethics, Improper Business Practices and Personal Conflicts of Interest

Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR)

Federal Acquisition Regulation available on Acquisition.Gov


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