The Defense Department has issued a proposed rule to increase the CPSR (Contractor Purchasing System Review) threshold from $25 million to $50 million in sales to the Government.
The FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulation) has been amended to eliminate the so-called “Reasonable Expectation” rule when it comes to awarding contracts based on adequate price competition for DoD, NASA, and the Coast Guard procurements.
The Air Force issued a solicitation for someone to collect, analyze, synthesize and process scientific and technical information at its Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center (essentially a publicly accessible website) . Information International Associates, Inc (IIA) was one of several unsuccessful bidders IIA challenged the award. IIA claimed that the Air Force unreasonably evaluated awardee’s proposal as containing a strength where the added benefit identified by the Air Force was not consistent with the terms of the solicitation while evaluating IIA’s proposal as containing a weakness when it was not materially different than the awardee’s proposal. (Well, as they say, one company’s strength is another company’s weakness.)
The Contract Audit Follow-up System or CAFU (pronounced ‘ka fu’), is a Defense Department tracking system, administered by the Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) to monitor the resolution of contract audit reports (usually those issued by DCAA but also those issued by Independent Public Accountants (IPAs) hired by DoD to conduct contract audits.
Typically, incurred cost audits and audits of interim requests for payment (i.e. voucher reviews) are performed by the contract auditor (DCAA or Defense Contract Audit Agency for DoD contracts) and reports are sent to the contracting officer for resolution if there are any findings noted.
REK Associates is a service-disabled veteran owned small business based in Williamsburg VA. It appears that the Company has a smattering of Government contractors and very little in the way of commercial work. It’s website touts its expertise in range, construction and environmental projects.
Nearly a year ago, the Defense Department proposed a change to its FAR Supplement (DFARS or DoD FAR Supplement) that would allow contracting officers to close out contracts (or groups of contracts( without completing a reconciliation audit or other corrective action under certain circumstances (see DoD FAR Proposed Regulation to Expedite Closeout of Old Contracts). Although published as a proposed change, it followed a class deviation to FAR 4.804-5(a)(3) which effectively implemented the new policy (see Special Closeout Authority for Old Contracts).