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GAO: Understated Pricing Alone Isn’t “Unbalanced Pricing”

As the GAO wrote in a recent bid protest decision, unbalanced pricing doesn’t exist merely because some of an offeror’s line item prices are low. Continue reading

FAR & DFARS Have 27 Distinct Definitions of “Subcontract”

In its first report, the Section 809 Panel urges policymakers to adopt a consolidated definition of the term “subcontract,” as well as a common definition of “subcontractor,” a term that has 21 distinct definitions in the FAR and DFARS. 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

114 new commercial buying regs since 2009 highlights why federal procurement needs fixing

Since 2009, the number of clauses around commercial items skyrocketed from 16 to 142, according to a preliminary analysis by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). Continue reading

GovCon Voices: A Culture of Compliance

When we talk about the federal contracting industry, one of the first things that comes to mind is compliance. Continue reading

Federal Register: Revise and Streamline VA Acquisition Regulation To Adhere to FAR Principles

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend and update its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR). Continue reading

Trump Won’t Repeal Obama’s Order Prohibiting Contractor LGBTQ Discrimination

President Donald Trump won’t repeal former President Obama’s 2014 Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Continue reading

Final Rule: Federal Acquisition Regulation; Contracts Under the Small Business Administration 8(a) Program

DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement regulatory clarifications made by the Small Business Administration regarding the 8(a) program Continue reading

Fair Pay policy a ‘solution in search of a problem’

The Labor Department and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council this week published the final rule and guidance for the policy Continue reading

Low-Hanging Fruit are a FASA-nating Opportunity!

Simplified Acquisitions lower the overall level of risk of doing business and the level of effort associated with issuing and responding to these requirements. Those are good things.

Agencies have increased their use of these streamlined buys. That’s a good thing.

Simplified Acquisitions are reserved for small business concerns and that is the problem. Continue reading