New NDAA-backed contracting rules provide for ‘enhanced debriefings’

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Companies who want to learn more about why they did not win a contract can seek a debriefing from the agency, a post facto Q&A to maybe help their prospects the next time. Now a change in the rules brought about by recent legislation promises to make it easier to get more information. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo, of Petrillo and Powell LLC, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.

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Ownership Rules Relaxed on HUBZone Businesses

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The Small Business Administration (SBA) amended its regulations recently to incorporate provisions in the 2018 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act). Among those provisions is a rule that takes effect next month relating to ownership requirements of HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) businesses. The new regulations will allow indirect ownership by United States citizens.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: Ownership Rules Relaxed on HUBZone Businesses

Get ready for the next wave of contractor compliance requirements — Washington Technology

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With the DOD’s compliance deadline in the rearview mirror, here are a few things that civilian contractors can learn from their DOD counterparts and proactive steps they should be taking in advance of GSA publishing its final requirements:

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Bundling Didn’t Allow Agency to Purchase FSS Open Market Items, GAO Says – SmallGovCon

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An agency couldn’t use Open Market procedures to buy bundled software licenses from a GSA Schedule vendor when another FSS vendor sold the same licenses as four separate items on its GSA Schedule 70 contract.

Source: Bundling Didn’t Allow Agency to Purchase FSS Open Market Items, GAO Says – SmallGovCon

Contractor Teaming Arrangements (CTAs) versus Prime/Subcontractor Relationships

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Under a Contractor Team Arrangement (CTA) two or more GSA Schedule contractors work together to meet ordering activity needs. By complementing each other’s capabilities, the team offers a total solution to the ordering activity’s requirements.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: Contractor Teaming Arrangements (CTAs) versus Prime/Subcontractor Relationships

GAO Implements Changes to Bid Protest Process with New Regulations – Government Contracts Legal Forum

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On April 2, 2018, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published Final Rule 83 FR 13817, amending its bid protest regulations to implement the Electronic Protest Docketing System, make administrative and clerical changes, and “streamline the bid protest process.”

Source: GAO Implements Changes to Bid Protest Process with New Regulations – Government Contracts Legal Forum

Validating Self-Certifications of No Outstanding Tax Liabilite

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It is well established that Government contractors must be “responsible” and there is a self-certification requirement to indicate that there are no outstanding income tax liabilities. This self-certification has been abused because everyone knows that there is no way to positively validate such a certification. The Defense Department, for example, cannot run over to the IRS to validate a self-certification.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: Validating Self-Certifications of No Outstanding Tax Liabilite

Hack Response: Notarized Letters Now Required for SAM.gov – SmallGovCon

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In response to a hack of the SAM.gov database, the government has decided to require new users and existing users seeking to update their registrations to provide a notarized letter.

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Bid protests must be filed online starting in May – FederalNewsRadio.com

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In today’s Federal Newscast, the Government Accountability Office said it’s launching its new electronic bid protest docketing system on May 1.

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FEMA faulted for failed contracts to deliver hurricane aide – FederalNewsRadio.com

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded contracts for hurricane supplies without adequately researching whether winning bidders could deliver what they promised, according to a new investigation by Democrats on a Senate oversight committee.

Source: FEMA faulted for failed contracts to deliver hurricane aide – FederalNewsRadio.com

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