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Missing JV Agreement Sinks Offeror’s Proposal

In a recent bid protest decision, the GAO held that the procuring agency acted properly in excluding the joint venture’s proposal, even though the joint venture’s price was more than $300,000 lower than the lowest-priced awardee’s. 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 ruling lets GSA buy the USDA steak, not the mystery meat

The Government Accountability Office’s decision to deny four protests of GSA’s Alliant 2 contracts for IT services could end up being a landmark ruling that is that first nail. Continue reading

Undisclosed Agency File Size Limit Sinks Offeror’s Proposal

An offeror’s proposal was properly rejected as late because the proposal exceeded the agency’s email file size limit. Continue reading

2017 NDAA Reiterates GAO Bid Protest Reporting Requirements

The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act doubles down on this first requirement: it mandates that GAO provide Congress with a list of the most common grounds for sustaining protests. Continue reading

Cost Realism: Agency Must Evaluate Employee Compensation Rates

the GAO held that an agency erred by basing its realism evaluation on offerors’ fully burdened labor rates, without considering whether the direct rates of compensation were sufficient to recruit and retain qualified personnel. Continue reading

Agency’s Reliance on Unstated Evaluation Criteria Leads to Sustained Protest

A solicitation’s evaluation criteria are tremendously important. Continue reading

GAO greenlights $58 billion in DoD TRICARE awards, denying nine industry protests

The protests were widely expected because of the sheer dollar volume of the contracts Continue reading