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GAO: Agency Shouldn’t Have Allowed Bid Correction

According to a recent GAO decision, however, absent clear evidence, it is unreasonable for an agency to allow a bid correction. Continue reading

Here’s how Ellen Lord grades the Pentagon’s most expensive programs

Ellen Lord, who on Feb. 1 transitions from AT&L head to be the first undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, said she has developed and implemented a new system for tracking the 87 major defense acquisition programs (MDAPs) which together make up almost 96 percent of the Pentagon’s acquisition funding each year. Continue reading

5 Things You Should Know: HUBZone Program (The Basics)

In this post, we’ll begin exploring another crucial program for small businesses: the Historically Underutilized Business Zone—or HUBZone—program. Continue reading

The Pentagon’s acquisition office is gone. Here’s what the next 120 days bring.

On Feb. 1, workers who report to the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (AT&L) have a new boss. Per Congressional requirements, the office has been split into two new groups – the undersecretaries of defense for research and engineering (R&E) and acquisition and sustainment (A&S). Continue reading

Agencies now have 31 new ways to buy professional services

The OASIS and OASIS SB contracts enable agencies to acquire a broad range of services, such as program management, management consulting, logistics, engineering, scientific and financial services, all under one contract. Continue reading

Are RFIs a waste of time and money?

I believe RFIs are a critical tool in helping agencies conduct market research, identify interested companies and eventually narrow the pool of potential bidders, but if the RFI doesn’t turn into a contract opportunity, is government living up to its end of the bargain? Continue reading

Urban Myths: Are GSA’s prices fair and reasonable?

The study was completed in response to a request from the Air Force, which is considering entering into a pilot with Amazon Business in order to strategically source micro-purchases using an online platform. Continue reading

How many procurement regulations were finalized in 2017? The answer may surprise you

Give it some thought. Did the FAR Council make any changes from Jan. 20 to Dec. 31, 2017? Continue reading

Duplicating efforts to avoid duplication

Last March, the FAR & Beyond blog examined a partnership between the Homeland Security Department (DHS)/the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Amazon Business to establish a centralized business account for FEMA purchase card ordering via the Amazon Business marketplace. Continue reading

Company Owners Plead Guilty to $13.8 Million ‘Rent-A-Vet’ Scheme 

Wilson admitted he used Salavitch’s veteran and service-disabled veteran status in a “rent-a-vet” scheme to obtain 20 government contracts for which Patriot Company received more than $13.8 million. Continue reading