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Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS)
The system contains current past performance ratings for Federal Acquisition Resources, Inc.

All companies start with the experience, vision and goals of one or two individuals and that in turn translates into the foundation and corporate philosophy.  The customers who took the time to share what was important to them served to reinforce the values and goals imparted on the individuals selected to join our team. FAR, Inc is proud to see how successful our team members have become and even prouder to know that the foundation of many of their careers rested with learning their trade while employed here.

The greatest reward to effective leadership is when the careers of the individuals that have placed trust and faith are enhanced, and the customers they serve have a positive experience. 

Frank B. O'Donnell

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Reference for Federal Acquisition Regulations, Inc. (FAR, Inc.) and Mr. Frank O’Donnell

The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an organization within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, contracted FAR, Inc. to conduct a two-day seminar on performance-based contracting. During the seminar we observed that Mr. O’Donnell had an extensive background in this subject, Federal Government contracting in general, and had the ability to quickly learn and tailor his services to the needs of our organization.

ESGR also contracted with FAR, Inc. to convert an existing statement of work into a draft performance-based statement of work. Mr. O’Donnell did an outstanding job at learning our mission and business processes. He took complex legacy text, instilled a new logic to its organization, and compiled it into a draft document useful to our future. Mr. O’Donnell drafted the historical workload tables, the associated performance standards, and the list of contract deliverables. He also drafted the Acquisition Plan and worked simultaneously with ESGR and our contracting office to develop an RFP.
In my personal opinion, Mr. O’Donnell did an outstanding job on both projects, interfaced well with my staff, and was extremely responsive to my requests.

Sincerely,
Robert W. Ramsey III
Colonel, United States Air Force Reserve
703-696-1171-1x534#
robert.ramsey@osd.mil

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From: Fostek James
To: Odonnell Frank (Contractor)
Subject: RE: Thank you

Jim-
Teresa mentioned that you said some very positive things about our work at the BEP. Thanks.
Frank

Frank-
Your welcome, and it was deserved. I think we have gotten a lot accomplished with your efforts.
James Fostek
Department of the Treasury
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
A-76 FAIR Act Office
202-874-2314
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-----Original Message-----
From: Sellers Jennifer
To: ODonnell Frank (Contractor)
Subject: FW: LETTERS OF APPRECIATION
Importance: High

FYI in regards to Cora Greene. She is an excellent contract specialist and has provided customer satisfaction in a most exemplary manner. Please accept my heartfelt appreciation for all of her hardwork on this project and many others.

Jennifer Sellers,
Contracting Officer
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Subject: Performance-based Statement of Work Writing

Frank,

I wanted to say thanks for all of your help. I think your ideas and perspectives were what it took for us to get over the hump with the finalizing the performance-based statement of work for the Armed Forces Retirement Home.

Thanks again and hope we get the opportunity to work together sometime in the future.

Jeff Schneider
Management Analysis, Inc. (MAI)
Program Manager
703-506-0505
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Subject: Reference Letter

To Whom It May Concern:

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing decided to place the Machine Shop personnel on the FAIR Act inventory, to compete our jobs under OMB Circular A-76. I was a member of the performance work statement (PWS) team. We were given a major consulting firm to assist us in the developing the PWS. When that individual failed to provide adequate support, another major contractor was used. Being a career Journeymen Machinist I was not familiar with what a PWS should include or not include. Upon completion, I thought we had a good PWS that described our work. In March of 2003, the BEP hired FAR, Inc. as a support contractor to run the procurement. That is when I meet Mr. Frank O’Donnell.

Mr. O’Donnell called me and wanted to discuss the PWS we had provided to the Office of Procurement. At first he took the time to discuss the pros and cons of what we had written. After about 4 weeks Mr. O’Donnell and I rewrote the entire PWS document. As we worked together I now had an opportunity to compare styles, personalities and techniques between these contractors. Mr. O’Donnell got more information out of me that was directly pertinent to the work we performed than the other two combined. He did so in a manner that made him enjoyable to work with, an actually leant itself to our becoming friends. When we were finished revising the PWS, I could not even compare the quality of the two documents, this version was far superior.

The best thing was that we won the competition. I highly recommend Mr. O’Donnell. His level of professionalism and expertise are impeccable.

Sincerely,

Robert A. Thomas
Department of the Treasury
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
202-874-3064
rthomas@bep.treas.gov
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-----Original Message-----
From: Knauer Robert
To: Odonnell Frank (Contractor)
Cc: Robertson George
Subject: Assessment

FRANK, this is my evaluation of your work so far:
1) You have accepted all challenges of working on A76 and non A76 acquisitions without fail. I know your previous A76 experience has been a help. You stepped right in on the Ink Mill and Machine shop, did a bang up job and I would have expected no less. You have been involved and help smooth the edges that needed smoothing acting as a good liaison for me with Doug Bernia and this has been very helpful.
2) You have thoroughly reviewed the work packages and offered useful critiques, some of which I have agreed to and others not, but generally all work has been done well and for a purpose. The only areas you need to work on it getting more experience with BEPMIS to be able to do all actions required. So far, I’d give you an A- for all effort or a 9 or a scale of 10.
3) You work well with our technical customers, and most importantly with me.

Robert Knauer, CPCM
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Office of Procurement
A76 Contracting Officer/Procurement Analyst
202-874-5827
202-874-2200 FAX
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SUBJECT: Letter of Recommendation

To Whom It May Concern:

For the past year, I have had the distinct pleasure of working closely with Frank O'Donnell of FAR, Inc. on a major contracting project for the Headquarters, Defense Distribution Center in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. The project has involved, among other things, writing Performance Work Statements for several Commercial Activities Cost Comparisons.

Mr. O'Donnell has been a tremendous asset for those associated with the project. His knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation and performance-based service contracting, coupled with his experience in writing government contracts, has proven invaluable. He also has an outstanding work ethic, possesses superior communication skills, and has displayed tremendous people skills in demonstrating his ability to be a team player. Mr. O'Donnell has a keen eye for editing large documents and has shown time and again a propensity for attention to detail.

In summary, I wholeheartedly and without reservation recommend FAR, Inc.

Dale Coker
Senior Analyst, WAI
(360) 320-2008

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From: Yost, John (DDC)
To: O'Donnell, Frank (DDC)
Cc: Contreras, Ramon (DDC); Miller, Colleen (DDC)
Subject:FW: DDAG Employees Information Briefs

Great Job Frank !!!

Thank You

John
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From: Thompson, Charles LtCol (DDAG)
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2001 8:10 AM
To: Yost, John (DDC); Sisson, George (DDC)
Cc: Pillsbury, James BG (DDC); Harris, Gary COL (DDC); Gonzales, Twila (DDC)
Subject: DDAG Employees Information Briefs

Gentlemen,

I want to thank you for the immediate action you provided last week in scheduling your staff representatives to assist me at our A-76 all hands meeting yesterday. The lecture by Mr. Frank O'Donnell on "Best Value Offeror" and Mrs. Janet Wise on "Ethics" were superb!

Their professionalism in articulating this sensitive subject matter was appreciated by all. Most importantly, my employees were impressed because they actually came to Albany in person to deliver the message! In short, Frank and Janet were part of our team!

I highly recommend similar briefs for our centers in the next round.

V/r

LtCol Thompson

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-----Original Message-----
From: Mato, Nicholas K.K. CDR (DDPW)
Sent: Monday, May 06, 2002 3:00 PM
To: SITREP (DDC); Blackwood, Dave W (DDPW); Olenick, Dave (DDC); Pillsbury, James BG (DDC)
Mato, Nicholas K.K. CDR (DDPW)
Subject: Defense Distribution Puget Sound Washington (DDPW) FOR 8 APRIL - 4 May 2002

Sir/Ms Campbell,

The following applies to the week of 8 April - 4 May 2002:

Continue making good progress on PWS. Assessing impact of latest information pertaining to the firewall between PWS and MEO teams.
Kudos to Mr. Frank O'Donnell and Rose Snavely on the acquisition team for their help and patience in working with us to develop our PWS.
 

V/R
Nick
CDR Nick Mato
Commander, DDPW
Naval Station Bremerton
Bremerton, Washington
Comm: 360-476-7473
DSN: 439-7473
Fax: -5919
email: nmato@ddc.dla.mil
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To Whom It May Concern:

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA), an agency of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) had a requirement to utilize performance-based contracting techniques in developing a statement-of-work for the single-family mortgage insurance program. As the result of loan default and foreclosures the FHA program has the need to manage and sell a sizeable inventory of single family homes in a manner that promotes home ownership, preserves communities and maximize the return to the FHA insurance fund. FHA was also seeking to utilize the contract to better align the HUD's objectives and incorporate legislative and regulatory requirements. The total contract value is expected to exceed $200 million.

Federal Acquisition Resources (FAR) Inc., Mr. Frank O'Donnell accompanied myself, and several of my key field office representatives for a training, facilitation and strategy session in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. O'Donnell spent the first day providing an overview of performance-based contracting and then worked independently with three groups facilitating the development of the programs desired outcomes, identifying critical tasks and establishing performance measures. Mr. O'Donnell established the format for the solicitation and provided suggestions on how to structure a coherent statement of work.

Mr. O'Donnell's knowledge of performance-based contracting and his ability to apply the process to our program provided an invaluable start to a difficult assignment. Mr. O'Donnell exhibited a strong work ethic, functioned effectively with my staff, and showed a commitment to the success of this project.

I would certainly recommend FAR, Inc. for a similar assignment with your agency.

Laurie A. Maggiano
Laurie_A._Maggiano@HUD.gov
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August 1, 2002

SUBJECT: Letter of Recommendation

To Whom It May Concern:

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) had a requirement to review several key information technology procurements with the goal of converting those procurements from conventional Time and Material task order to Firm-Fixed Price Performance-Based contracts. This project was initiated in late March of 2002 and was completed on July 31, 2002.

Federal Acquisition Resources, Inc. was initially asked to fill a temporary facilitator position on a project team established by the Chief Information Officer (CIO). After working directly with Mr. O'Donnell for that temporary period, it became apparent that he had a vast amount of experience with, and knowledge of, information technology procurements. As a result of his experience and expertise, Mr. O'Donnell was asked to remain on-board for the duration of the project and serve as the teams' facilitator.

Mr. O'Donnell has an in-depth knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation and performance-based service contracting. His experience in writing government contracts was of significant value to the project. Mr. O'Donnell exhibited extraordinary people skills and interacted very well with the user community in gathering data, defining critical requirements and the associated deliverables, as well as establishing performance criteria.

I was extremely pleased with Mr. O'Donnell's performance, work ethic and desire to assist HUD in satisfying our objectives. I would strongly recommend his company for a similar assignment.


Kenneth J. Traylor
Government Technical Representative
Office of the Chief Information Officer
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
(202) 708-0614 X6241
Kenneth_J._Traylor@HUD.GOV
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May 8, 2000


Subject: FAR, Inc.

Letter of Recommendation

To Whom IT May Concern:

FAR, Inc. was involved in the development of a very complex multi-million dollar proposal pricing effort. Mr. Frank O'Donnell provided a very valuable contribution in developing the Excel modeling and proposal content. His knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations and contract pricing and proposal generation proved to be invaluable to our effort.

Joe Garzone, PMP
Program Manager
Hewlett-Packard, Consulting
joe_garzone@hp.com
800-477-6111 X9305
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OUR FIRST CLIENT - Orange Technologies Inc.
Memo
To: To Whom it May Concern
From: John F. Kelly
CC: Mary Evans
Date: 11/16/1999
Re: Frank O'Donnell

Mr. Frank O'Donnell participated on our proposal team for the GSA Millenia Lite Procurement. Frank set very high standards of professionalism throughout the proposal process and conveyed in depth knowledge and insight as we developed our cost and pricing strategy. He participated in all levels of proposal production including rationale development for cost assumptions, preparation of excel spreadsheets for ten years of manhours, and generation of explanatory footnotes to support all our cost data. Orange Technologies was later notified by the contracting officer that the Orange Technologies cost proposal was the best out of all offers evaluated.

I would highly recommend Mr. O'Donnell of the Federal Acquisition Resources, Inc. Please do not hesitate to contact me at 301-840-9405 ext 104 or via email jkelly@orange.com.

John F. Kelly
Vice President and General Manager
Orange Federal Systems.

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