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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

The Good, the Bad and the Just Plain Ugly Changes That Almost Were! (Part 2) | GovCon Voices

Originally published May 16, 2017 on GovConVoices Having started my journey in the federal contracting community close to 30 years ago, I’ve seen quite a few changes in policy and process that have both improved and degraded the ability of small business concerns to participate as contractors and subcontractors. I’m not referring solely to changes … Continue reading

govmates and The American Small Business Coalition (A Match Made for Growing Small GovCon’s)

    Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. – Benjamin Franklin A Match Made for Growing Small GovCon’s March 16, 2017: govmates is eager to announce their partnership with The American Small Business Coalition (The ASBC) as they continue on a path of outreach and growth. … Continue reading

Pentagon Wins Court Round on Disclosing Sikorsky Subcontracting Plans

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled against the Petaluma, Calif.-based American Small Business League, saying that forcing the helicopter maker to disclose its subcontracting plan would put it at a competitive disadvantage. Continue reading

Congress Kills A Plan To Cut Federal Contracts For Small Businesses

The legislation in question was Section 838 of the annual National Defense Authorization Act, which appeared to allow the Department of Defense to count subcontracts with small businesses on big weapons programs against the agency’s prime contract goals. Continue reading

Small Business Fraud: Guilty Plea In Major SBA Pass-Through Case

According to a Department of Justice press release, Thomas Harper not only conspired to evade limitations on subcontracting, but obstructed justice during a SBA size protest investigation of his company’s relationship with a putative small businesses. Continue reading

SBA Size Determination “Not Relevant” To Subcontracting Limitation Allegation

In a recent bid protest decision, the GAO (correctly) rejected the procuring agency’s argument that a recent SBA size determination was evidence that a contractor would comply with the subcontracting limitation. Continue reading

SBA Proposes Credit For Lower-Tier Subcontracts – SmallGovCon

The proposed rule also requires large primes to assign a NAICS code and size standard to “solicitations” for subcontracts–a notion that may come as a surprise to prime contractors, many of whom do not typically issue formal subcontract solicitations. Source: SBA Proposes Credit For Lower-Tier Subcontracts – SmallGovCon

Uncle Sam Wants You to Know About Changes to Acquisition Thresholds (FAR Case 2014-022)

Effective October 1, 2015, the Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics Administration (NASA) are issuing FAR Case 2014-022 as a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the inflation adjustment of acquisition-related dollar thresholds. Continue reading

Do’s and don’ts of partnering with large companies — Washington Technology

Author Note: I recently received calls from companies who had either just read this article or read it when it was originally published in Washington Technology that felt a ‘re-publish’ was due given today’s prime contractors are keeping even more work for themselves. If you want to discover the secrets to success in the federal … Continue reading