Small business remain vital to contractors — FCW

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As the complexity of federal IT procurements increase with advancing technology, small businesses can offer important assets to large contractors, particularly if they have agile skills, according to federal agency and market experts.

Source: Small business remain vital to contractors — FCW

DoD’s LPTA bid evaluation continues to cause issues for contractors | Federal News Network

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Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell discusses the issues the DoD’s implementation of their LPTA bid criteria is causing contractors.

Source: DoD’s LPTA bid evaluation continues to cause issues for contractors | Federal News Network

Audited Financial Statements Do Not Provide Assurance that Cost Accounting System is Adequate for Government Contracting

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PNWC's Government Contracting Update

Back in 2016, the National Institute of Health (NIH) issued a solicitation for “IT (Information Technology) Solutions and Services”. Bidders were advised that proposals would be evaluated in two phases. In Phase 1, the Government would evaluate the proposals based on four go/no-go requirements, one of which was a verification of an adequate accounting system. The solicitation advised that proposals found to be unacceptable in any of the four Phase I requirements would be ineligible for further consideration for award.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: Audited Financial Statements Do Not Provide Assurance that Cost Accounting System is Adequate for Government Contracting

Improve your SLED Business with GovWin’s State Contracting ‘How to’ Guides

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Are you seeking to enter or expand your business in the State, Local and Education (SLED) marketplace? Attend this free webinar to maximize your SLED business development efforts using GovWin’s guides on ‘How to do Business with State Governments’.

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Contractors are in the best position to improve federal pricing. Here’s how. | Federal News Network

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Pricing can be one of the most frustrating parts of government contracting. But it doesn’t have to be. Some government contractors have discovered a better way, and they’re spreading the word.

Source: Contractors are in the best position to improve federal pricing. Here’s how. | Federal News Network

Opportunity Alert: A Flurry of OASIS On-Ramps | Lohfeld

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After several months in a holding pattern due to U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) solicitation protest B-408685.18, on April 17, the General Services Administration (GSA) issued an update to the long awaited on-ramps to the existing One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services Small Business (OASIS SB) pools. GSA states that they anticipate releasing OASIS Small Business (SB) Pools 1, 3 and 4 and 8(a) sub-pools in late April 2019. Based on GSA Interact OASIS milestones provided in March 2019, the Unrestricted on-ramps are likely to follow a couple of months later.

Source: Opportunity Alert: A Flurry of OASIS On-Ramps | Lohfeld

Contract Funds Withheld for Non-Conforming Deliveries

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There’s a contract clause included in all firm-fixed price research and development contracts that allows the Government to reject non-conforming work and make an equitable price reduction if its not fixed. FAR 52.246-7, Inspection of Research and Development – Fixed Price requires, among other things, that contractors implement and maintain an inspection system acceptable to the Government and maintain complete records of such inspections and make those records available to the Government during contract performance and for as long afterwards as the contract requires. This clause also give the Government the right to perform its own inspections.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: Contract Funds Withheld for Non-Conforming Deliveries

Contractors: Get ready for tighter DOD supply chain enforcement — Washington Technology

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The Defense Department has been ramping up efforts to quash supply chain vulnerabilities with enhanced cybersecurity guidance that gives the organization greater access to contractors’ security protocols and controls even before awarding a contract.

Source: Contractors: Get ready for tighter DOD supply chain enforcement — Washington Technology

WTF – New VA Whistleblower Protection Office Is Under Investigation for Retaliating Against Whistleblowers – Defense One

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“You don’t want to come forward,” one whistleblower said. “People are afraid.”

Source: New VA Whistleblower Protection Office Is Under Investigation for Retaliating Against Whistleblowers – Defense One

APMP Bid and Proposal Con 2019 – Will you be there? | VisibleThread

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APMP’s BPC 2019 is just a month away! VisibleThread is looking forward to joining proposal professionals in Orlando from May 20-23 at the annual conference.

Source: APMP Bid and Proposal Con 2019 – Will you be there? | VisibleThread

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