So, lets take this outline and apply to to the other contractors. While I agree that most of your facts are accurate, I am not convinced of your conclusion. As my username says, I am an investigator with CACI, but I was around during the USIS days. I have no idea what is going on at Perspecta or SCIS currently. But I am curious if they are experiencing these same “problems.” I know that SCIS has people on leave without pay. We all know Perpecta folks have work because they dropped their prices.
A couple things, first the ranking system. This is something that I cannot figure out. This has never been discussed until around this summer. Really until CACI “lost” the number 1 spot. So, where did this come from. No other contractor has ever heard of a ranking and I have yet to talk to an investigator in a competing company that knows their ranking. There are posts on here asking who is number 1, but nobody ever replies. Of course, we all know/think it is Perspecta because of the price drop, but it doesn’t seems like Perspecta is bragging that they are number 1 (like CACI did). For these reasons, I think the ranking is made up by CACI. There is truth that one company is getting more work than the others…but is it truly a ranking of 1, 2, and 3?
This takes me to my next point. In the world of BI contracts, I am assuming we have to be “promised” a certain amount of work each year. When you heard that CACI was awarded a 50 billion dollar contract (I am making up these numbers), that money isn’t paid upfront, it is over time with a certain amount of guaranteed work. So…using made up numbers…lets just say each company is promised 20% of the DCSA work (I am leaving the govt folks out of this because nobody knows how they fit into the equation)…and the remaining 40% of the work is awarded based on performance (or we have now learned, price). I think SCIS and CACI are currently operating with just their minimum 20% work (with neither company ranked above the other). Perspecta has all the extra work. The extra work is awarded differently each quarter (apparently). Now overall, we ALL know that work is down. This would explain why everyone is low (yet Perspecta is handing it better than everyone else). The kicker will to see how all companies deal with this dramatic ebb and flow of work. CACI does not have independent contractors and that might be their downfall.
Finally, a little bit on the low work - we are getting nearly zero DOD work. I have gotten DOD industry work, but minimal military work. What is everyone else seeing?? Part of me thinks that the military is holding clearance submissions back (maybe this is CE) and once they kick back in the work will go up again. I don’t think it will ever go back up to the levels it was before, but we were also working down a backlog, so we didn’t have a feel on what a current work environment looks like. It seems like T2 and T4 cases are the majority of the work right now. Anyone have insight as to what is going on with the military cases??
I personally think that CACI is being decently transparent about what is going on. Maybe we are being told more than other companies and that is why we know of this ranking system, PMR meetings, and what is going to happen if the work doesn’t increase. Or maybe it is all just a lot of BS with the higher ups only caring about themselves and are keeping us in the dark about what is really going on.
It is a fact that we are getting minimal work compared to what we used to…so, it makes sense that people are on leave without pay, SLs have to take time off, no bonuses, no TDY, no nothing. I don’t think that means we “lost” the contract. I wish CACI was handling this all better…I wish they could just float investigators and pay them until the work picks up, but apparently that costs just too much money. I appreciate the investigator ranking/tier system in that those of us who have consistently exceeded our stats are being rewarded for working hard. Again, maybe there is a better way, but they had to decide who was going to get the work somehow.
Everything right now is speculation…November 8th can’t get here soon enough.