A low level debate is rumbling within the Defense Department and with its contractors having to do with progress and performance based payments. Services contractors see the need for some change but urge the department to go carefully. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why it matters.
Everyone involved with government contracting knows, or should know, a little bit about registration in SAM.gov. Registration is now required for ALL federal contractors at the time they submit bids.
This blog post provides you with 5 things you should know about registering in SAM.gov.
In evaluating proposals, an agency will sometimes use “adjectival ratings” (e.g., Excellent, Good, Acceptable) to describe its assessment of a proposal or portions of a proposal. But, importantly, an agency cannot evade its responsibility to reasonably evaluate proposals–based on the articulated evaluation criteria–by deferring solely to the assigned adjectival ratings.
Appendix A to the DFARS (DoD FAR Supplement) contains the charter and rules for the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA). Contractors considering an appeal of a contracting officers’ decision should become familiar with these rules, even where an attorney has been retained. Familiarization with the rules will assist in understanding the process and the purposes for which attorney’s do what they do.
- Issues facing set-aside companies as they graduate to full and open competition
- Best informed wins
- Measuring your capture process
- Creating the best solution
- Defining your strengths
Those who sell technology to the government may already know this but now’s the time to get out of the office and wear down a little gumshoe. Their focus should be on assisted acquisitions, client engagement and innovative acquisition methods. That’s according to Larry Allen of Allen Federal Business Partners, who joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more details.
The Buy American Act includes a number of waivers and exceptions. The Section 809 panel, for one, has called for expanding these exceptions, at least for the DOD. A recent GAO report examines how agencies apply the existing waivers and exceptions to the Buy American Act.
The term “bait and switch” in Government contract law sometimes refers to cases where awardees’ listed certain key personnel in their proposals, then made extensive post-award submissions. For example, a Comptroller General case used the term in a case where the awardee proposed key personnel who never authorized the awardee to use their names.
This week on Off the Shelf, Bill Gormley, president of the Gormley Group and chair of the Coalition for Government Procurement, shares his thoughts on a host of key federal procurement issues and initiatives.
This week on Off the Shelf, Alan Thomas, commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), provides an update on GSA’s Federal Marketplace Initiative and what it means for customer agencies and contractors.