Small business cuts coming amid NBIB merger — Defense Systems

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The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency is going to be doing significantly less small business contracts after the National Background Investigations Bureau moves from the Office of Personnel Management to DOD.

Source: Small business cuts coming amid NBIB merger — Defense Systems

OTAs set for growth — FCW

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Increasingly the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security are looking to “other transaction authority” agreements to acquire emerging technologies. Procurements made under OTA are exempt from many Federal Acquisition Regulation rules and are typically limited to research, prototypes and in certain cases follow-on production.

Source: OTAs set for growth — FCW

2-year budget deal passage brings some relief to federal contractors | Federal News Network

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There’s still no guarantee we won’t have another government shutdown two months from now, but Congress and the president removed one of the biggest sources of budget uncertainty last week with the passage of a two year budget deal – a deal that also finally signals the sunset of the Budget Control Act. So what does it mean for contractors? For more on that, we spoke with Larry Allen, managing director of the Federal Market Access Group at BDO. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Source: 2-year budget deal passage brings some relief to federal contractors | Federal News Network

Despite strong spending, list of top federal contractors hasn’t changed much | Federal News Network

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The list of top federal contractors hasn’t changed much. BGOV’s Dan Snyder joined the show to talk about the rankings and the trends behind this year’s data.

Source: Despite strong spending, list of top federal contractors hasn’t changed much | Federal News Network

GAO Rules Air Force’s Past Performance Evaluation to be “Irrational”

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The Government’s evaluation of bidders’ past performances sometimes seems murky. In submitting their proposals, bidders are given the opportunity to put their best foot forward –  to identify “relevant” past performance and objective assessments of how well they performed the work. But what if the Government ignores the past performance submissions and uses something else to evaluate past performance? That’s what happened to JMark Services in a bid to provide intelligence instructor services for the Air Force.

SOURCE: GAO Rules Air Force’s Past Performance Evaluation to be “Irrational”

GAO Disagrees with SBA: Consolidation Analysis Not Required for BPAs

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No, the government isn’t trying to figure out how it can bundle home and auto coverage to save on its insurance premiums. Instead, “consolidation” in the federal government contract context refers to the action of collecting requirements being performed under discrete small business set-aside contracts into a single procurement. Before an agency may consolidate contracts, it must consider the impacts the proposed consolidation will have on small business participation. Recently, however, GAO was asked to determine whether consolidation analyses are required for Blanket Purchase Order (“BPA”) procurements, and its decision did not adopt the SBA’s position.

SOURCE: GAO Disagrees with SBA: Consolidation Analysis Not Required for BPAs

Federal Contract Spending Grew 9% in 2018, Increasing for the Third Straight Year – Government Executive

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Agencies spent $559 billion on prime and unclassified contracts.

Source: Federal Contract Spending Grew 9% in 2018, Increasing for the Third Straight Year – Government Executive

GSA Violated Procurement Regulations in Awarding Contracts

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McKinsey and Company offers management consulting services to improve performance issues related to strategy, organization, operations, and business technology under a GSA Multiple Award Contract. Between 2006 and 2019, McKinsey collected almost $1 billion dollars under the contract.

SOURCE: GSA Violated Procurement Regulations in Awarding Contracts

Schedule 70 vs. Tier Three IT Best-in-Class. Who Wins?

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As the U.S. Government continues to migrate its purchasing and procurement needs around Category Management, there has been an increasing trend among federal agencies to focus on using “Best-in-Class” vehicles as their primary means to procure goods and services. This approach focuses on using existing GWAC and IDIQ contracting vehicles as a more efficient, streamlined, and cost-effective means to procure the solutions necessary to meet their mission. While this approach is supported by many federal agencies and those government contractors that maintain those vehicles, there are opponents who oppose this practice arguing that it limits the competitive landscape for those contractors, especially those who are not on one of the Tier Three Best-in-Class contracting vehicles due to vehicle age or restrictions introduced during the bid process. The objective of this white paper is to inform federal agencies on how using Schedule 70, currently a Tier Two IT Best-in-Class contract, allows them more flexibility, increased competition, and more options to compete their requirements.

Source: Schedule 70 vs. Tier Three IT Best-in-Class. Who Wins?

GAO Examines Requirements for Sole-Source Contracts

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Sole-source awards can make many contractors feel left out of the loop of the procurement process. GAO in the past has upheld that sole-source contracts are allowable so long as the agency has a reasonable justification for the sole-source contract. Recently GAO re-examined what constitutes a reasonable “justification and award” for a sole-source contract.

SOURCE: GAO Examines Requirements for Sole-Source Contracts

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