When it comes to timely filing a bid protest, government contractors should keep one overriding principle in mind: late is late, and it probably won’t matter why the protest wasn’t timely received. GAO recently reaffirmed this principle when it dismissed a bid protest that wasn’t timely received by its new, mandatory Electronic Protest Docketing System.
For the Department of Defense, what was once an obscure acquisition approach has now turned into a methodology to fund research, prototyping, and in some cases, the production of systems to the tune of tens of billions of dollars.
Last February at a hearing in front of the Oversight and Management Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee, representatives of contractors for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) complained about losing money while waiting for clearances form DHS. The contractors cited a number of problems including
The Government Accountability Office recently upheld a first of its kind protest of a contract awarded under the non-traditional contracting methodology known as other transaction authority. The protest and GAO’s decision have stirred debate over the future of OTAs and their potential to fundamentally disrupt federal acquisition.
If any of the Trump administration’s plans for reorganizing actually come through, they could have a big impact on contracts held by merged agencies or functions. For more on this and a few other fiscal 2019 contracting matters, Rob Levinson, senior analyst at Bloomberg Government, spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
When an agency reevaluates proposals in response to a protest, the reevaluation must be thorough and reasonable. In a recent GAO bid protest decision, GAO sustained a protest because the agency’s reevaluation of proposals, undertaken after a protest was sustained, did not reasonably address “widespread discrepancies” in the awardee’s proposal.
The most recent federal spending data show agencies are unlikely to use all of their appropriated money by the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30th. There is just not enough time, and Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Counsel, spoke on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the implications.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) entered into a one year contract with P.K Management Group (PKMG) for field service management services and HUD managed properties in the Pacific Northwest. The contract was awarded on a sole source basis citing unusual and compelling urgency that had arising from HUD’s decision not to exercise an option to extend the incumbent contractor. HUD need to provide continuous services so that approximately 500 HUD-owned properties in the Pacific Northwest could be marketed, preserved and protected, and so that the risk of adverse occupants, vandals, and thieves could be managed.
What is FAS doing to make its operations easy, efficient and modern? How is FAS delivering best value mission support to customer agencies? What is FAS doing to promote smarter buying and the efficient use of technology across the federal government? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Alan Thomas, Commissioner, Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) at the General Services Administration.
The SBA takes its SDVOSB joint venture requirements very seriously, and even a relatively minor deviation or omission can be enough to render a joint venture ineligible. Time and time again, the SBA’s Office of Hearing and Appeals has shown that it will strictly enforce the rules governing SDVOSB status. OHA’s stance on SDVOSB joint venture agreements is no different. A recent OHA ruling reinforces that SDVOSB joint venture agreements must abide by the letter of the regulation when it comes to required items in the agreement.