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SBA OIG Recommends Improved Oversight of 8(a) Continuing Eligibility

Just last week, the OIG released a new report analyzing the 8(a) Program. Continue reading

Recent SBA OHA Decision Offers NAICS Code Appeal Guidance

Recently, SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals provided some guidelines in discussing the assignment of NAICS codes in the Computer Facilities Management Services, Research and Development, and Engineering Services codes. Continue reading

Where Non-Price Ratings Identical, Agency Wasn’t Required to Choose Lower-Priced Offeror

In a recent bid protest decision, the GAO held that where two offerors received identical scores on three non-price factors, the agency could still elect to award the contract to the higher-priced offeror. Continue reading

Don’t Overlook the Seemingly Perfunctory in Your Proposal: CAGE Codes

So you invest heavily in your proposal writers; you review your proposal repeatedly to polish and ensure that it compels; you agonize. Continue reading

Knocking on the door of GSA Schedule spending

The GSA Federal Supply Schedule is an important tool in the U.S. Government’s procurement arsenal but its importance has waned for some agencies to include the biggest spender, the Department of Defense. For the last nine fiscal years, DoD and other agencies have consistently increased their spend using Simplified Acquisition Procedures while leveling off or reducing FSS spending. Continue reading

GAO Faults Contractor for General Manager’s Sickness

the incumbent had already proposed to use the same general manager for the next contract. Continue reading

Fundamental reorganization needed for DoD acquisition

It really needs to fundamentally reorganize the offices and functions involved Continue reading

SBA Plans to Consolidate All Small and 8(a) Mentor-Protégé Programs

The SBA plans to issue a proposed rule consolidating the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program and the 8(a) Mentor-Protégé Program. Continue reading

GAO: Subcontracting Plan Required by Solicitation Must be in Proposal

It’s a basic tenet of government contracting that a contractor must comply with the requirements of an agency solicitation. Continue reading

Populated or Unpopulated? Ambiguous JV Agreement Sinks 8(a) Award

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims upheld the SBA’s decision to reject a joint venture agreement that was ambiguous about whether the joint venture was populated or unpopulated. Continue reading