GSA releases RFQ for Centers of Excellence model to ‘deliver results far more easily’ – Federal News Network

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The General Services Administration has released a request for quotation for Phase One of its Center of Excellence discovery services, laying the groundwork for GSA to set up CoEs at new partner agencies.

Rather than rely on one contract for the discovery work at each agency, the blanket purchase agreement aims to allow GSA to find the vendor that best fits each agency’s unique needs.

Source: GSA releases RFQ for Centers of Excellence model to ‘deliver results far more easily’ – Federal News Network

GAO Denies Protest to LPTA Solicitation Ridden with Cost Uncertainty and Local Zoning Code Conflicts | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

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Federal agencies have long been afforded wide discretion in defining solicitation requirements to meet their contracting needs. But are a solicitation’s requirements acceptable even where they’re likely to conflict with local zoning codes? What about where the solicitation documents conflict with one another on whether certain requirements are considered “requirements” at all? And finally, is an LPTA procurement acceptable where such conflicts have undoubtedly led to price uncertainty among the bidders?

Source: GAO Denies Protest to LPTA Solicitation Ridden with Cost Uncertainty and Local Zoning Code Conflicts | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

The Inaugural Air Force Pitch Day was Considered a Success

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Last week, the Air Force awarded contracts to 51 companies in a matter of minutes at its inaugural “Air Force Pitch Day”.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: The Inaugural Air Force Pitch Day was Considered a Success

The Government’s Use-it or Lose-it Spending Spree

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American Transparency (website: OpenTheBooks.com) is a public charity who’s Government oversight reports present hard data so citizens can “follow the money”. Its stated goal is to enhance public discourse with delineated facts.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: The Government’s Use-it or Lose-it Spending Spree

OTAs and Cloud: Hot Topics at AFCEA WEST | Government Sales Insider

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AFCEA West is the most happening event on the Navy IT circuit. The sunny San Diego weather draws a big crowd every February and it’s an excellent place to talk shop, learn about the latest Navy and Marine Corps trends and opportunities and soak up the California sun – despite the rain this year!

Source: OTAs and Cloud: Hot Topics at AFCEA WEST | Government Sales Insider

GAO: Federal Supply Schedule Shorter in Duration than Blanket Purchase Agreement Spells Doom for Protester | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

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Many GAO protests can hinge on fairly minute details that render a proposal unacceptable. A recent GAO case is a reminder that a contractor’s GSA Federal Supply Schedule must have sufficient duration to cover the period of performance for a blanket purchase agreement or the contractor may be ineligible for award.

Source: GAO: Federal Supply Schedule Shorter in Duration than Blanket Purchase Agreement Spells Doom for Protester | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

Award Overturned Where Government Didn’t Follow Stated Evaluation Criteria

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NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (part of the Commerce Department)  issued an RFQ (Request for Quotation) for weather and climate computing infrastructure services. The solicitation was issued as an SBA 8(a) small business set-aside and award was to be made to the vendor whose quotation represented the best value to the Government, considering (i) technical approach, (ii) corporate experience, and (iii) price.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: Award Overturned Where Government Didn’t Follow Stated Evaluation Criteria

GSA launches enhanced debriefing pilot, but why not make it permanent?

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The perception that bid protests are mucking up the federal procurement process is one of those urban myths that will not die, like how Paul McCartney died in a car crash in 1966 or that the Air Force hides away UFOs in the desert.

Source: GSA launches enhanced debriefing pilot, but why not make it permanent?

Agencies Must Not Delay Evaluating the Merits of Protests, Says GAO | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

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It is decently well established that GAO will recommend protesters be reimbursed for protest related costs when an agency unduly delays in taking prompt corrective action. In a recent GAO decision, however, the Navy argued the question of undue delay should be evaluated from the time the Navy fully understood the extent of its error, not the initiation of the protest.

Source: Agencies Must Not Delay Evaluating the Merits of Protests, Says GAO | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

DCMA and DCAA Criticized for Lack of Progress in Auditing Contractor Business Systems

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Here’s a post that will be of interest to major contractors – those contractors charging $100 million or more to cost type (CPFF, CPIF, FPI, T&M, etc) contracts annually.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: DCMA and DCAA Criticized for Lack of Progress in Auditing Contractor Business Systems

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