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More agencies using OTAs to get past federal acquisition regulation

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A growing number of agencies are dusting off old procurement rules that lie outside the Federal Acquisition Regulation. These so-called other transaction authorities are perfectly legal. For more detail, Ben McMartin, chief of the acquisition management office at the Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Source: More agencies using OTAs to get past federal acquisition regulation

Beware the OASIS On-Ramps. Its not as easy as it looks. | Lohfeld

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There’s an old adage: Saying it is one thing, but proving it is another. In the world of GSA OASIS On-Ramps, this adage is very fitting.

Source: Beware the OASIS On-Ramps. Its not as easy as it looks. | Lohfeld

FBI Issues Timeline for $5 Billion IT Contract Solicitation – Nextgov

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The FBI announced an early 2019 timeline for the solicitation of its $5 billion, enterprisewide IT products and services contract.

Source: FBI Issues Timeline for $5 Billion IT Contract Solicitation – Nextgov

What is a Profit Margin Test?

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PNWC's Government Contracting Update

Every DCAA (Defense Contract Audit Agency) audit, whether requested or self-initiated, begins with a risk assessment. A risk assessment is a set of tools auditors – all auditors – use to help decide where and what to focus on in an audit. So, for example, if only $100 of material costs have been charged against a $1 million contract, the auditor would probably conclude that his/her limited resources can be better spent on other than material costs.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: What is a Profit Margin Test?

Don’t Rely on Auto-Generated EPDS Filing Emails, says GAO | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

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Earlier this year, GAO unveiled its new Electronic Protest Docketing System (“EPDS”) for bid protests. EPDS serves as the central filing system for all bid protests pursued before GAO. As a courtesy, EPDS will automatically generate a courtesy email notice anytime a new document is filed with GAO.

Source: Don’t Rely on Auto-Generated EPDS Filing Emails, says GAO | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

A Rational Approach to Making Bid Decisions (Part One)

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Most companies don’t have the resources to bid on every mildly relevant opportunity that moves. At some point we have to make a bid/no-bid decision, and if we’re doing business development right, we make informed bid decisions for every opportunity we consider.

Source: A Rational Approach to Making Bid Decisions (Part One)

Limitations on Subcontracting: FAR Council Finally Proposes Rule Change | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

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For small government contractors, the disconnect between the SBA’s updated limitations on subcontracting rule and the FAR’s outdated rules has been very confusing.  For more than two years, the FAR and SBA regulation have used different formulas to determine compliance, and the SBA rule–but not the FAR–allows the use of “similarly situated entities” on small business set-asides and 8(a) contracts.

Source: Limitations on Subcontracting: FAR Council Finally Proposes Rule Change | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

The Do’s and Don’ts of Forms-Based Bids | Red Team Consulting

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We compiled a list of the top 10 Do’s and Don’ts for responding to forms-based bids. These tips will help you prepare for the GSA OASIS onramp.

Source: The Do’s and Don’ts of Forms-Based Bids | Red Team Consulting

2018 GAO Bid Protest Report Shows 44% Success Rate, With Little Change Compared to Prior Years | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

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The holiday season is upon us, time for cherished traditions. If you’re anything like us at Koprince Law, one of these traditions is reviewing the GAO’s annual bid protest report.

The overall picture I got from the report, while perhaps not the best clickbait, is that GAO bid protest figures have remained remarkably steady over the past few years. As it has been for the last few years, close to 50% of protests succeed. This stability is a story worth repeating.

Source: 2018 GAO Bid Protest Report Shows 44% Success Rate, With Little Change Compared to Prior Years | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

Navy launches new SeaPort contract — Washington Technology

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The Navy has made 1,870 awards for the new version of its massive SeaPort contract for professional services that dates back nearly two decades and pulls in $5 billion a year in task orders.

Source: Navy launches new SeaPort contract — Washington Technology

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