Earlier this week, Steve updated SmallGovCon readers on a very important SDVOSB eligibility change: beginning October 1, the VA will begin using the SBA’s eligibility rules to verify SDVOSBs and VOSBs.
The SBA has now followed suit—in a final rule published today, the SBA has amended its eligibility rules for SDVOSBs. These rules provide important clarity into SDVOSB eligibility going forward.
Back in 2014, the President issued an Executive Order (EO) raising the minimum wage for workers performing work on Federal contracts. Later that year, the Labor Department issued regulations implementing the EO. In 2018, the current President issued his own EO which exempted contracts for recreational services on federal lands and for seasonal recreational services or seasonal recreational equipment rentals. The EO defined seasonal recreational services as river running, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping, mountaineering activities, recreational ski services, and youth camps. The EO specifically stated that the exemption does not apply to lodging and food services associated with seasonal recreational activities.
Navy acquisition chief James Geurts said he’s focusing on four core areas for the future of Navy procurement. OTAs, or other transaction authorities, play an important part in that. Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione spoke with Geurts during the Modern Day Marine Military Expo in Quantico, Virginia. Hear the interview on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Did you know that there is a clause in most Government contracts that require contractors involved in business operations (including vending machines) on any premises owned by the United States or under control of any agency or instrumentality of the United States to be fully capable of:
Generally, agencies are required to maximize competition for procurements. But there are exceptions to this rule, such as for simplified acquisitions. Another exception is for sole source bridge contracts awarded between the end of an incumbent contract and the start of a new contract. A recent GAO case explains the rationale for why a sole-source award is usually acceptable in that situation.
The Navy is now giving each of its system commands the authority to use other transaction authorities up to $100 million dollars.
The move comes as the Navy and other parts of the military and Defense Department are increasingly using the procurement method to pay for prototypes and use nontraditional defense companies to spur innovation.
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The VA will begin using the SBA’s eligibility rules to verify SDVOSBs and VOSBs beginning October 1, 2018.
In a final rule published today in the Federal Register, the VA confirms that the SBA’s eligibility requirements will apply beginning next week–but in my eyes, one very important question remains unanswered.
Oct. 1 is fast approaching so many federal contractors are looking to have the government exercise options to extend contracts for another fiscal year. Exercising options comes with pretty strict rules. Often the government goofs, and that can be costly. Attorney Terry O’Connor, a partner at Berenzweig Leonard, had a few tips on options on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Let’s suppose you’re a contractor that provides services to the federal government. Typically, your contract will require you to pay your employees the prevailing wage rates promulgated under the Service Contract Act.
What if you suspect that, under previous contracts, your competitors failed to pay their employees the mandated prevailing rates? Can you use a pre-award bid protest to obligate a procuring agency to police possible ongoing non-compliance through solicitation provisions? If you say yes, perhaps you should keep reading.