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Time Machine Needed To Respond To This Solicitation

By Keith Cowing
May 18, 2010
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Reader note: I have a habit of scouring through NASA procurement notices looking for interesting things – as well as comedic relief. love this one: “NASA SUDENT AMBASSADORS VIRTUAL COMMUNITY” issued on 11 May 2010 with an “original response date” of 14 May 2010. But the text says “Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing, by FAX or E-Mail, to the identified point of contact not later than 11:00 a.m. (EST.) on April 12, 2010.”
I guess the only way you can meet this date is if you have a time machine handy.
The solicitation then goes on to say “Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed effort on a full and open competition basis, based upon responses to this notice, is solely within the discretion of the government.” Yet all the solicitation provides is a single little paragraph describing the project. It is rather unlikely that anyone would understand how to perform this task without detailed information much less use this sole paragraph as the basis for justifying their qualifications.
It certainy smells like NASA got caught in the process of using paperwork to justify a procurement decision that they already made and that they have zero interest in actually soliciting or considering input. Oops.

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