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GAO Weighs in on the State of Federal Contracting

Services contracts have now risen to 60 percent of total government obligations — 50 percent of Pentagon awards and 80 percent of those let by civilian agencies over the past five years, GAO said. Continue reading

GAO: Use Of CPARs Must Be Equal

Resolving a protest challenging a past performance evaluation, GAO is deferential to the agency’s determinations. Continue reading

Immigration modernization a work in progress

Efforts to modernize immigration processing systems at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have been rocky in the last couple of years, but the agency’s acting director told a congressional panel that it’s making some progress Continue reading

How budget sequestration affected contracting

The Government Accountability Office study, released March 9, found that while defense agency obligations to buy products and services decreased by almost 31 percent from fiscal 2011 through 2015, from $399 billion to $274 billion, civilian contracts remained fairly steady over the same period. Continue reading

Contractor Whistleblower Protections Pilot Program: Improvements Needed

Whistleblowers play an important role in safeguarding the federal government against fraud, waste, and abuse. Continue reading

U.S. GAO – HUBZone Program: Oversight Has Improved But Some Weaknesses Remain

Since 2008, GAO has issued several products that identified weaknesses in the HUBZone program and made recommendations to SBA to address them. Continue reading

Agency’s Discretion Over Solicitation’s Technical Specifications Isn’t Unlimited

A major tenet in government contracting is that agencies enjoy broad discretion in identifying their needs and developing the most appropriate solicitation to satisfy them. Continue reading

Agency Erred in Issuing an Out-of-Scope Task Order

An agency’s task order award was improper because the order was outside the scope of the underlying IDIQ contract. Continue reading

GAO: Failure To Explain Prejudice Doomed Otherwise Successful Protest

Imagine that you’re a manufacturer of appliances, and respond to a solicitation seeking one of your appliances (on a brand name basis). Continue reading

GAO: Corrective Action Not Required to Price Realism for Fixed-Price Contract

As a general rule, an agency is only required to evaluate a fixed-price offer for reasonableness (that is, whether the price is too high). Continue reading