In Dr Roper’s recent talks in podcast and Worldwide Summit, he said no one has suggested something that has made him nervous yet. Well I think I’ve got one: How about a J&A that is time bound and not dollar bound?
If I have a good reason for limiting competition, it must go to this contractor for whatever reason, lets say National Security.
Requirements are hard to define, and so is budget, I just know I need this thing. Why then am I asked to cap the J&A? Let’s say I write it for $50 mil, it has to go to PEO, but then if requirements grow and its now going to cost $90 mil, I have to write a “Follow-On” to have that ECP (or TRN for T&M) J&A approved again. Why can’t I say, “you know what, its gotta go to this contractor, cant be competed until 2022.” At that time I’ll re-evaluate and write another J&A or change strategy if need be. But let the project cost what its going to cost. I’ll get a Delta ASP, but why another J&A?
Feeling nervous yet?