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IFB, federal government requests dismissal of complaint in supplier dispute

The Veterans Administration and IFB Solutions Inc. are asking a federal judge to dismiss a complaint filed in a legal fight over which nonprofit group should have priority in providing eyeglasses to veterans. Continue reading

GAO: Oral Final Proposal Revisions Were Permissible

In a recent bid protest decision, the GAO held that–at least in the context of a task order awarded under FAR 16.505–an agency could validly accept oral revisions to offerors’ proposals. Continue reading

HUBZone Program: Employees Must Reside In HUBZones On Award Date

In order for an employee to count as a HUBZone resident for purposes of a specific HUBZone contract, the employee must reside in an officially designated HUBZone on the contract award date Continue reading

Government Must Prove Amount Of Unilateral Price Reduction

While an agency may require a unilateral reduction in a contractor’s price due to a reduced scope of work, the government carries the burden of proving the amount. Continue reading

GAO: No “Public Posting” Of Solicitation In Closed Government Office

GAO affirmed that principle that even when the dollar value of a simplified acquisition doesn’t meet the requirement for electronic posting on FedBizOpps, the agency still must take reasonable steps to maximize competition. Continue reading

Ahead of election, OGE finalizes ethics program overhaul

Just in time for the upcoming presidential transition, the Office of Government Ethics is revamping its executive branch ethics program Continue reading

GAO: Lower-Paid Incumbents An “Obvious” Price Realism Concern

GAO held that an agency’s price realism evaluation was inadequate where the agency failed to address the awardee’s proposal to hire incumbent personnel at discounted rates. Continue reading

SBA Revises 8(a) JV Regulation–But Confusion Remains

Stating that populated joint ventures have now been eliminated, the SBA has revised its 8(a) joint venture regulations to reflect that change. Continue reading

OMB director announces new digital privacy office

“If we don’t invest in privacy today, the issues will only be more challenging tomorrow,” he wrote. “The new office and career official will be dedicated to strengthening the government’s privacy practices and continuing to make privacy a more comprehensive, strategic and continuous function of government.” Continue reading

GAO: Brand Name Restrictions Must Be Justified

Competition is the touchstone of federal contracting. Continue reading