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GSA, OMB detail legislative fixes needed to implement e-commerce portals

The implementation plan GSA and the Office of Management and Budget delivered to Congress on March 15 called for the commercial e-commerce “portals” to be up and running by the end of fiscal 2019. Continue reading

$17.5 Billion Defense IT Contract Award Survives Four Protests

The companies filed their protests with the Government Accountability Office in November; all four were dismissed on Feb. 21. Continue reading

Bid Protests: The RAND Study of DOD Protests at the GAO and the COFC

This short piece discusses the congressionally mandated study of bid protests of (or disappointed offeror litigation related to) U.S. defense department procurements. Source: Bid Protests: The RAND Study of DOD Protests at the GAO and the COFC by Steven L. Schooner :: SSRN

SBA Inspector General: 89% of WOSB Sole Source Contracts Were Improper

Nearly 90% of women-owned small business sole source contracts reviewed by the SBA Office of Inspector General were improper, according to a startling report issued yesterday. Source: SBA Inspector General: 89% of WOSB Sole Source Contracts Were Improper – SmallGovCon

GAO: Where RFP Requirements Clearly Not Met, Protest Costs Reimbursable

As Koprince Law attorneys have discussed in depth, GAO will in some instances award costs for a clearly meritorious protest where an agency does not take corrective action before the due date for the agency report. But what are the standards for a “clearly meritorious” protest? Source: GAO: Where RFP Requirements Clearly Not Met, Protest Costs … Continue reading

House attempt to streamline commercial buying runs into trouble in Senate

The version of the annual Defense authorization bill being debated on the floor of the Senate this week sets up a potential conflict for one of the major acquisition reforms contained in the House’s version: An attempt to streamline and encourage the use of the Defense Department’s procedures for buying commercial goods and services. Source: … Continue reading

GSA updates SAM.gov verification process following backlog

The site will no longer require registrants seeking grants, loans or other forms of financial assistance to have notarized letters on file before their application is activated. Continue reading

Regulators Seek Contractor Feedback on Use of Online Portal

GSA online portal designed to improve acquisition efforts Continue reading

Scam Alert: DLA reports spoof targeting STARS vendors

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is reporting that a fake solicitation is being sent to vendors in the form of a Request for Quotation (RFQ). The fake email solicitation, purporting to be from DLA, has been targeting GSA STARS II vendors. Source: Scam Alert: DLA reports spoof targeting STARS vendors

Achieving Clarity in Obscurity, Ethically. June 28-29 in Crystal City

In a place many find to be tremendously obscure, we provide clarity. Our Ethical Stalking for Government Contractors™ 2-Day Essentials Bootcamp is a practical immersion into the business development lifecycle and what it takes to make it work in today’s government contracting marketplace. For nearly 10 years we’ve provided executives and professionals from small and large companies … Continue reading