Don’t File an Appeal with CBCA Before Filing a Claim with the Contracting Officer | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

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Let’s suppose that, under your contract, an agency hasn’t properly paid for your work. Or the agency took actions that caused you damages. Can you run off to the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals to register your complaint and recovery your money?

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5 ‘bold’ recommendations to improve DoD acquisition

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Federal News Network details five of the Section 809 panel’s third and final set of recommendations that readers should pay close attention to over the next year.

Source: 5 ‘bold’ recommendations to improve DoD acquisition

GAO Rules on GSA Schedule Contracts: Size Usually Stays, 8(a) Status Doesn’t | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

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Does 8(a) status remain in place for the duration of GSA Schedule contracts? GAO says no.

Source: GAO Rules on GSA Schedule Contracts: Size Usually Stays, 8(a) Status Doesn’t | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

Here’s the Latest on GSA OASIS SB 8(a) On-Ramp

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Did you miss the GSA OASIS SB 8(a) On-Ramp Industry Day session? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. All Q&A’s from the webinar will be posted to GSA’s website. In the meantime, we selected some of the most pertinent questions that you should be aware of.

Source: Here’s the Latest on GSA OASIS SB 8(a) On-Ramp

Subcontract Pricing Considerations – Prime Contractors Must Demonstrate Reasonableness of Proposed Subcontract Costs

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Earlier this month, we highlighted a revised audit policy from the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) concerning the evaluation of subcontract costs included in forward pricing proposals. FAR 15.404-3(3)(b) requires prime contractors to perform whatever cost/price analysis is necessary to determine the reasonableness of proposed prices. Sometimes they don’t do that so historically, DCAA has considered them unsupported and perhaps identified the omission as an estimating deficiency. That policy did nothing to advance contract negotiations nor help procurement offices to negotiate fair and reasonable prices. Under the new guidance, DCAA is to provide whatever information it has available or conduct additional analytical work (i.e. develop decrement factors) to assist in any way it can. See “Revised Audit Policy for Reviewing Subcontractor Costs” for more information on the new policy.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: Subcontract Pricing Considerations – Prime Contractors Must Demonstrate Reasonableness of Proposed Subcontract Costs

Here’s How the Shutdown Hurts Government Contractors

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The shutdown is having a major effect on government contractors and federal employees alike.

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Navy will use new legal authorities to speed up top acquisition priorities

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It’s been three years since Congress voted to give the Defense Department new, streamlined acquisition authorities. But the Navy says it’s starting to take advantage of them in a big way, including by pushing most of its top-priority weapons systems into a new, accelerated process.

Source: Navy will use new legal authorities to speed up top acquisition priorities

SBA Extends Public Comment Period for Proposed HUBZone Program Overhaul | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

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As we discussed in a previous post, there are big changes on the horizon for the HUBZone program. On October 31, the SBA published a proposed rule that, if adopted, would overhaul the program.

Recently, the SBA extended the period for public comment to February 14, 2019.

Source: SBA Extends Public Comment Period for Proposed HUBZone Program Overhaul | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

Top 5 Government Contracting Events in February 2019

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There are tons of valuable government contracting events in the DC metro area, from networking happy hours to training seminars to opportunity overviews. We’ve narrowed down the top 5 events that you should attend in the upcoming weeks.

While you’re here, check out Red Team’s event calendar for upcoming government contracting events that we are hosting.

Source: Top 5 Government Contracting Events in February 2019

Labor Department Compliance Audits

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The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigators have been pretty busy lately, investigating contractor violations of certain labor related regulations. For contractors subject to the minimum wage and reporting requirements of Davis-Bacon (DB) and the Service Contracting Act (SCA), the probability of being audited for compliance is actually quite high and the consequences for failing to comply can be significant. The Labor Department recently sent out press releases concerning the outcome of two such investigations.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: Labor Department Compliance Audits

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