Breaking News: SBA (Finally!) Proposes Regulation Extinguishing WOSB Self-Certification

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In a move bringing to mind Etta James’ most popular refrain, SBA has proposed an amendment to its regulations which will require Woman-Owned Small Business program participants to be certified by the SBA or an SBA approved third-party certifier.

SOURCE: Breaking News: SBA (Finally!) Proposes Regulation Extinguishing WOSB Self-Certification

GAO Awards Fees, but Only for Obviously Correct Protest Ground

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Supposedly, the general rule is that a protester is reimbursed the costs associated with a successful protest—including attorneys’ fees. But, as a recent case shows, that’s often not the case.

SOURCE: GAO Awards Fees, but Only for Obviously Correct Protest Ground

Contract troubles? Look at your client engagement skills — Washington Technology

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We’ve all known contracts that have run into delays, cost-overruns or just plain failed. Challenging contracts are just part of the landscape.

Source: Contract troubles? Look at your client engagement skills — Washington Technology

All things procurement | Federal News Network

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This week on Off the Shelf,  Tom Sisti, executive vice president and general counsel for The Coalition for Government Procurement shares his thoughts and insights on the key initiatives and insights shaping federal procurement today.

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Tom Sisti, Coalition for Government Procurement

Sisti provides his analysis of GSA’s eCommerce Market Research & Consultation Report, and its recommendation for a proof of concept that will have a profound impact on commercial suppliers supporting the federal mission.  The report raises a number of still unanswered questions regarding competition, pricing, conflicts of interest, and the applicability of commercial terms and conditions.

Source: All things procurement | Federal News Network

Option to “Postpone” Required Pre-Award Debriefing Until After Award—Gain Information, But Lose Right to Protest

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GAO’s bid protest window for debriefings—which closes 10 days after the required debriefing—knows very few exceptions. But what if the agency offers you a more informative post-award debriefing in place of the pre-award debriefing normally required upon your elimination from the competitive range? This option will likely improve your ability to compete for future contracts with the agency. Shouldn’t you be able to accept it without giving up your right to protest? GAO says no.

SOURCE: Option to “Postpone” Required Pre-Award Debriefing Until After Award—Gain Information, But Lose Right to Protest

SMALL BUSINESS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING (“Smalltofeds”): Small Business Government Grants Versus Direct Government Contracts

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Start-ups, entrepreneurs and new small businesses regularly seek information regarding small business grants. There are many misconceptions about the nature of such instruments, who qualifies for them and what constitutes a small business grant. The misunderstanding stems from advertising on the Internet and other media creating the impression that grants are readily available and that they are “Free Money”.

There is no such thing as “Free” small business government grant money. In many instances individuals seeking grants should be looking to direct government contracting; this article will explain why.

Source: SMALL BUSINESS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING (“Smalltofeds”): Small Business Government Grants Versus Direct Government Contracts

SBA Poised to Increase 8(a) Income and Net Worth Eligibility Standards

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We recently discussed at length the SBA’s proposed rule to get rid of WOSB self-certification and revise some of the other WOSB certification rules. Well, it seems like SBA is crossing a lot of things off its to-do list, because in that same proposed rule, SBA also proposes to “to make the economic disadvantage requirements for the 8(a) BD program consistent to the economic disadvantage requirements for women-owned firms seeking EDWOSB status” and to “eliminate the distinction in the 8(a) BD program for initial entry into and continued eligibility for the program.”

SOURCE: SBA Poised to Increase 8(a) Income and Net Worth Eligibility Standards

Can contractors make changes to bids after a procurement deadline? | Federal News Network

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It’s axiomatic. Once a procurement bid deadline has passed, hopeful vendors cannot submit any more information or alter their bids. Or is it? A recent protest case before the Government Accountability Office shows that in some circumstances, contractors can get changes before source selection eyes. D.C. procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain.

Source: Can contractors make changes to bids after a procurement deadline? | Federal News Network

The top 10 IT outsourcing service providers of the year | CIO

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Top 10 IT service providers of the year

  1. Accenture
  2. TCS
  3. Cognizant
  4. Wipro
  5. HCL
  6. Capgemini
  7. IBM
  8. Infosys
  9. DXC Technology Company
  10. NTT DATA

Credit: Everest Group 2019

Source: The top 10 IT outsourcing service providers of the year | CIO

Newly Unveiled Pentagon Fraud Report Names 9 Debarred Contractors – Defense – GovExec.com

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It took a transparency advocate using a Freedom of Information Act request, but the Defense Department last week released a congressionally mandated report on the extent of criminal contractor fraud, naming nine firms that were suspended or debarred.

Source: Newly Unveiled Pentagon Fraud Report Names 9 Debarred Contractors – Defense – GovExec.com

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