DoD sees need to change how it pays contractors

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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.

Source: DoD sees need to change how it pays contractors

Five Things You Should Know: Registering in SAM.gov | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

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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.

Source: Five Things You Should Know: Registering in SAM.gov | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

GAO: Agencies Can’t Blindly Rely on Adjectival Ratings to Make Award Decisions | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

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In evaluating proposals, an agency will sometimes use “adjectival ratings” (e.g.ExcellentGoodAcceptable) 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.

Source: GAO: Agencies Can’t Blindly Rely on Adjectival Ratings to Make Award Decisions | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

What is the ASBCA’s Jurisdiction?

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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.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: What is the ASBCA’s Jurisdiction?

Keys to creating winning proposals – Federal News Network

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This week on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower interviewed Bob Lohfeld, founder and CEO of Lohfeld Consulting Group on issues regarding the bid and capture process.

Topics include:

  • 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

Source: Keys to creating winning proposals – Federal News Network

Federal tech vendors ought to pound the pavement

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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.

Source: Federal tech vendors ought to pound the pavement

GAO Investigates Buy American Act Exceptions and Waivers | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

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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.

Source: GAO Investigates Buy American Act Exceptions and Waivers | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

“Bait and Switch” in Government Contracting

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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.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: “Bait and Switch” in Government Contracting

The top procurement issues in 2019 – Federal News Network

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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.

Source: The top procurement issues in 2019 – Federal News Network

An update on the FAS Federal Market Place Initiative – Federal News Network

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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.

Source: An update on the FAS Federal Market Place Initiative – Federal News Network

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