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Ostensible Subcontractor Rule: Hiring Sub’s PM Didn’t Create Affiliation

Ostensible subcontractor affiliation was not created when the small prime contractor proposed to hire its subcontractor’s current employee to serve as the prime contractor’s project manager. Continue reading

GAO: Out-Of-Scope Modification Was Improper – SmallGovCon

An agency may not procure new services under an existing GSA Schedule delivery order if the new services exceed scope of the original delivery order. Continue reading

A solution to the growing bid-protest problem – FederalNewsRadio.com

No matter what the statistics from GAO tell us — for instance, in 2014 the number of bid protests grew by 5 percent — the perception among many is contractor challenges to agency award decisions are not only expected, but planned for at an alarming rate. Continue reading

Offeror’s Winning Bid Of $0.00 Was Acceptable – SmallGovCon

In a recent decision, LCPtracker, Inc.; eMars, Inc., B-410752.3 et al (Sept. 3, 2015), the GAO held an offeror submitting a zero-dollar offer (that is, an offer for $0.00) was eligible to receive a fixed-price contract because both the Government and the contractor would receive benefits under the contract. Source: Offeror’s Winning Bid Of $0.00 … Continue reading

GovConChat™: SBA Takes ‘Top Gun’ Approach to WOSB Sole Source!

When it comes to the amount of time that passes from when Congress makes a law affecting federal contracting rules and the creation and adoption of policy to implement those rules, conventional wisdom tells us diamonds could be created faster. Until today… Continue reading

GovConChat™: 2015 Spending Bill Impact on Small Federal Contractors

ICYMI: Impact of the 2015 Spending Bill on Small Federal Contractors (Especially Women and Veterans!) Congress and the President have done their jobs as far as a new federal budget is concerned, but what is the impact of this spending bill and its provisions on small federal contractors? In October, I spoke with my friend … Continue reading

GAO: Agencies Have Broad Discretion on Discussions – SmallGovCon

I don’t have a tag for “bad grounds for a GAO bid protest,” but if I did, challenging an agency’s decision not to conduct discussions would fall in that category–at least (as is typically the case), when the solicitation does not state that discussions will be conducted. via GAO: Agencies Have Broad Discretion on Discussions … Continue reading

Teaming Agreements and Proprietary Information – SmallGovCon

Are you taking adequate steps to protect your proprietary and confidential information from misuse by teammates? via Teaming Agreements and Proprietary Information – SmallGovCon.

WOSB Downgraded for Relying on Teammate’s Experience – SmallGovCon

Small government contractors often rely on teammates and subcontractors to demonstrate relevant experience. But as one recently-published GAO bid protest decision shows, some procuring agencies may take a dim view of such reliance. via WOSB Downgraded for Relying on Teammate’s Experience – SmallGovCon.

Contractors and Procurement Officials: Customer Service Is A Two Way Street

There seems to be a development that is coming more and more to the forefront: the case of the out-of-control Contracting Officer (KO). There are usually two paths to interactions with a KO, one being the KO who is overwhelmed with the workload, doing the best they can to handle it, and simply have very … Continue reading


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