A company that rents tents and other outdoor structures for events agreed to pay the government $7.8 million to settle charges that it wrongly won Defense Department set-aside contracts reserved for small businesses.
Sometimes agency professionals, such as the people who write contracts, fail at the basics. For example, take including all of the elements that need to be in a contract. Even so, it’s often the hapless contractor that loses out. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo, of Petrillo and Powell, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss a recent case in point.
Tech companies are facing protests internally from workers and externally from activists about doing for government amid controversial policies like ‘zero tolerance’ for illegal immigration.
Researching Federal Contract law is not easy and is usually left to the professionals. Contract disputes are complicated as well because the law and the regulations that were in effect when the contract was created govern its applications. This means going through many books, current and superseded.
Contract auditors perform audits and issue reports, sometimes with recommendations or questioned costs, to the contracting officer. The contracting officer, in turn, resolves the audit findings with the contractor. Sometimes, the contracting officer does not agree with the audit findings; more so if the audit relates to pricing proposals than with historical costs. Why? When it comes to pricing proposals, everyone’s dealing with estimates of future costs and judgement becomes a big part of estimating. Incurred cost on the other hand deal with historical evidence supporting the incurrence of costs. Contractors either have support or they don’t. Judgement is not a major factor on the allowability of costs.
This week on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower interviews Lou Anne Brossman of Government Marketing University and Rita Walston of the immixGroup on topics germane to GovCon marketing professionals, including two upcoming events.
- results from the recent Market Connections Government Contractor Study (thought leadership, content marketing, ABM and more)
- the upcoming GAIN Conference Nov 1
- the 5th annual Government IT Sales Summit Nov 15
Back in the olden days when Washington Technology was a print magazine published 24 times a year, our art department had an expression for the photos that accompanied our articles: MAWGs.
It was an acronym for “Middle Aged White Guys” because so many of the photos were of, well, middle-aged white men. We saw the same thing at our events – a sea of men wearing dark suits.
Only an “interested party” can bring a GAO bid protest. This generally means that a protester must be “an actual or prospective bidder or offeror” with a “direct economic interest” in the contract’s award.
I’m sure you’re familiar with the adage, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
For owners of HUBZone businesses—small businesses that operate and employ people in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones)—it’s a motto to keep in mind as they travel to one of the largest HUBZone matchmaking events in the country this October, the National HUBZone Conference in Chantilly, Virginia.
But a possibly lesser-known requirement is that, in order to be valid, a claim must request that the contracting officer issue a “final decision” on the claim. In a recent decision, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals opined on this requirement.