Three years after a key Supreme Court ruling that set the stage, the Veterans Affairs Department is raising its goals for contracting with small businesses in the veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned categories.
Four House lawmakers have introduced legislation that would shorten the amount of time small business wait to get paid by federal agencies for work done on contract.
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.
Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell discusses the issues the DoD’s implementation of their LPTA bid criteria is causing contractors.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.