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FedBizOpps is Almost Gone

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There’s a scene in 2016’s War Dogs where the Jonah Hill character explains to his employees that they are going to spend all day every day digging through one website. In the background, extras are seen staring in to the blue and yellow glow of FedBizOpps.gov.

SOURCE: FedBizOpps is Almost Gone

Plan Ahead to Prevent Proposal Submission Issues, Says GAO

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When submitting bids, contractors should always double check their proposal submission methods, whether it be a designated portal, email, or any other method, and do so well before the deadline. GAO recently had the opportunity to examine proposal submission issues related to a US Navy procurement, and did not show sympathy for the contractor who experienced proposal submission issues right at the deadline.

SOURCE: Plan Ahead to Prevent Proposal Submission Issues, Says GAO

GAO to Agency: Offerors are More than Just a CPARS-Generated Rating Percentage

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GAO recently sustained protest to an agency’s FAR Part 13 procurement that relied exclusively on CPARS-generated assessment chart rating percentages to evaluate vendors’ past performance. The agency’s goal was to “maximize competition” by considering all past work, rather than just relevant work. While there is no FAR Part 13 regulatory prohibition on doing so, GAO found the CPARS charts incomplete and misleading and the evaluation inconsistent with the terms of the solicitation.

SOURCE: GAO to Agency: Offerors are More than Just a CPARS-Generated Rating Percentage

Congress Expected to Reject Section 809 Panel Recommendation to Eliminate Small-Business Set-Asides

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As we wrote about, the Section 809 Panel had recommended that Congress eliminate most small business set-asides for DoD acquisitions. The Panel suggested replacing small business set-asides with a five percent small business price preference. It looks like Congress heard our concerns—and those voiced throughout industry—and will reject this suggestion.

SOURCE: Congress Expected to Reject Section 809 Panel Recommendation to Eliminate Small-Business Set-Asides

One Protest Spoils the Bunch

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GAO recently dismissed several bid protests to an $82 billion procurement because of the actions of a company that had already lost its protest.

SOURCE: One Protest Spoils the Bunch

Years after Expiration of Mentor-Protege Agreement, Joint Venture Still Small Based on Status as of Proposal Date

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SBA regulations say that size is determined as of the date an offeror submits its initial proposal, with price. On its face, this rule seems pretty straight forward. But what happens if the initial proposal was filed six years ago? And what if the joint venture that submitted the proposal has since expired? Following OHA’s recent logic, the proposal-date rule stands even in these unique circumstances.

SOURCE: Years after Expiration of Mentor-Protege Agreement, Joint Venture Still Small Based on Status as of Proposal Date

Ignorance is Bliss? Not When it Comes to Timely Filing of Protest, Says GAO

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Ignorance is bliss, right? Not always. In the world of government contracting, GAO recently dismissed a protest because its initial agency protest was not timely filed, reminding the protester that ignorance of the law is no excuse.

SOURCE: Ignorance is Bliss? Not When it Comes to Timely Filing of Protest, Says GAO

GAO: Proposal Strengths Must be Based on Solicitation Criteria, Not Merely Benefit to Government

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Agencies often find unanticipated, innovative content in offerors’ proposals. And unsurprisingly, those proposals are often the ones selected for award. But a recent GAO decision reminds us that all strengths an agency assigns must be supported by the stated evaluation criteria. In other words, the solicitation must thoroughly inform offerors of these evaluation criteria, and the agency must equally evaluate offerors under them. An offeror’s proposal should not get extra credit for proposing things that are not anticipated by or logically encompassed in the solicitation.

SOURCE: GAO: Proposal Strengths Must be Based on Solicitation Criteria, Not Merely Benefit to Government

ASBCA Awards Contractor Compensation for Extra-Contractual Changes

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Contract changes, particularly in the construction context, can be flash points for the Government and a contractor. In some cases, the Government will assert that the contract requires the contractor to perform certain work; the contractor, pointing to the same (or another) contractual provision, will argue that the contract does not require it. These diverging positions can often lead to contentious litigation.

SOURCE: ASBCA Awards Contractor Compensation for Extra-Contractual Changes

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

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