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GAO Denies Protest to LPTA Solicitation Ridden with Cost Uncertainty and Local Zoning Code Conflicts | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

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Federal agencies have long been afforded wide discretion in defining solicitation requirements to meet their contracting needs. But are a solicitation’s requirements acceptable even where they’re likely to conflict with local zoning codes? What about where the solicitation documents conflict with one another on whether certain requirements are considered “requirements” at all? And finally, is an LPTA procurement acceptable where such conflicts have undoubtedly led to price uncertainty among the bidders?

Source: GAO Denies Protest to LPTA Solicitation Ridden with Cost Uncertainty and Local Zoning Code Conflicts | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

GAO: Federal Supply Schedule Shorter in Duration than Blanket Purchase Agreement Spells Doom for Protester | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

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Many GAO protests can hinge on fairly minute details that render a proposal unacceptable. A recent GAO case is a reminder that a contractor’s GSA Federal Supply Schedule must have sufficient duration to cover the period of performance for a blanket purchase agreement or the contractor may be ineligible for award.

Source: GAO: Federal Supply Schedule Shorter in Duration than Blanket Purchase Agreement Spells Doom for Protester | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

Agencies Must Not Delay Evaluating the Merits of Protests, Says GAO | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

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It is decently well established that GAO will recommend protesters be reimbursed for protest related costs when an agency unduly delays in taking prompt corrective action. In a recent GAO decision, however, the Navy argued the question of undue delay should be evaluated from the time the Navy fully understood the extent of its error, not the initiation of the protest.

Source: Agencies Must Not Delay Evaluating the Merits of Protests, Says GAO | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

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

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

Inconsistency Killed the Cat: GAO Sustains Protest Where Agency Inconsistently Evaluated Proposal | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

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GAO generally defers to an agency’s judgment when it comes to the evaluation of proposals. This deference flags, however, when an agency evaluates competing proposals inconsistently; or, in other words, treats offerors disparately.

Source: Inconsistency Killed the Cat: GAO Sustains Protest Where Agency Inconsistently Evaluated Proposal | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

GAO Bid Protest Process: Read our “Contract Management” Magazine Article | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

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GAO’s bid process can be difficult to understand. There are rules about who can file a bid protest and what issues can be protested. And the deadlines for filing are strict and unforgiving.

Source: GAO Bid Protest Process: Read our “Contract Management” Magazine Article | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

5 Things You Should Know: SBA Certificates of Competency | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

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If a contracting officer determines that a small business offeror is not qualified to perform under a solicitation, that usually means the offeror’s proposal will be rejected. In some instances, however, the offeror gets a second chance through the SBA’s Certificate of Competency (“COC”) program.

Source: 5 Things You Should Know: SBA Certificates of Competency | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

Say What? SBA Says the Runway Extension Act Doesn’t Apply to SBA | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

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The Small Business Runway Extension Act continues to be a hot topic of conversation among small businesses. For good reason: it revised the receipts calculation period for revenue-based size standards from three years to five.

Source: Say What? SBA Says the Runway Extension Act Doesn’t Apply to SBA | SmallGovCon – Government Contracts Law Blog

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