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No NAICS Code Appeals Of Presolicitations, SBA OHA Confirms

A NAICS code appeal can be a powerful vehicle for influencing the competitive landscape of an acquisition. Continue reading

Joint Venture Affiliation Exception Isn’t Unlimited, OHA Says

To encourage joint venturing, the SBA’s size regulations provide a limited exception from affiliation for certain joint venturers Continue reading

“In Scope” vs. “Out of Scope” Modifications: GAO Explains The Difference

An “out of scope” modification, on the other hand, is improper–and may be protested at GAO. Continue reading

Budget woes stretch beyond agency contracting office while Congress debates federal funding

Congress has been criticized for kicking the can down the road when it comes to federal spending Continue reading

SAM Registration: New Bill Requires Notification Of Free Assistance

There is no cost to register in SAM or other government contracting databases–but that hasn’t stopped some companies from charging would-be contractors hefty fees for assistance in the registration process. S Continue reading

Defense Analysts Anticipate Little Impact From ‘Buy American’ Executive Order

The President issued an executive order April 18 ordering federal agencies to purchase American-made products to the maximum extent possible, and review their contracting policies and processes in this regard. Continue reading

VA Class Deviation Restricts SDVOSB Nonmanufacturers

The VA has adopted a Class Deviation to the VAAR, severely restricting the ability of VA Contracting Officers to request waivers of the nonmanufacturer rule Continue reading

Low-ball contracts hurt those who work to ‘support our troops’

Government officials often pay lip service to “supporting our troops.” But some of the people who literally do that vital work have just been badly shortchanged. Continue reading

Agency Faces Sanctions For Backdating Market Research

An agency backdated a market research memorandum to justify its set-aside decision–and when the backdating came to light, the Court of Federal Claims was none too pleased. Continue reading

Government’s Biggest Cyber Problem Will Be Contractors’ Big Opportunity, Report Says

The federal government’s biggest challenge in defending its civilian, military and intelligence networks from hackers isn’t technology, it’s people. Continue reading