Rules & Tools

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Surety Bond Requirement for Suppliers of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies.  (November 24, 2014)


Rules & Tools

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation

Technical Amendments.  (November 18, 2014)

Federal Acquisition Regulation

Information Collection

Past Performance Information.  (November 18, 2014)

Department Of Defense

Line Item Structure.  (pdf)  (November 17, 2014)

The White House

Authorizing the Exercise of Authority Under Public Law 85-804.  (November 14, 2014)

Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled

Procurement List:  

Federal Acquisition Regulation

Information Collection

Place of Performance.  (November 14, 2014)

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation

Technical amendments:  Special Contracting Methods.  (November 13, 2014)

Federal Acquisition Regulation

Information Collection

Cost or Pricing Data Requirements and Information Other than Cost or Pricing Data.  (November 7, 2014)

Small Business Administration

Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Policy Directives: Data Rights; Phase III Award Preference.  (November 7, 2014)

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation

DFARS Case 2014-D009:  Advancing Small Business Growth.  (November 6, 2014)

DFARS Case 2014-D025:  Inflation Adjustment of Acquisition-Related Thresholds.  (November 6, 2014)

DFARS Case 2013-D005:  Clauses with Alternates-Foreign Acquisition.  (November 5, 2014)

DFARS Case 2014-D004:  Clauses with Alternates-Special Contracting Methods, Major System Acquisition, and Service Contracting.  (November 5, 2014)

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

Government Contractors:  Requirement to Report Summary Compensation Data on Employee Compensation.  (November 5, 2014)

Department Of Defense

Class Deviation 2015-O0002:  Operation United Assistance: Medical Care and Evacuation.  (pdf)  (November 4, 2014)

Postal Service

Supplier Debarment, Suspension, and Ineligibility.  (November 4, 2014)

Federal Acquisition Regulation

Information Collection

Presolicitation Notice and Response.  (November 4, 2014)

Biobased Procurements.  (October 30, 2014)

Organization and Direction of Work.  (October 30, 2014)

General Services Administration Regulation

GSAR Case 2013-G502:  Federal Supply Schedule Contracting.  (October 29, 2014)

Department of Agriculture

Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement.  (October 27, 2014)

Voluntary Labeling Program for Biobased Products.  (October 27, 2014)

Department Of Defense

Use of Blended Rates to Implement Multiple Compensation Caps.  (pdf)  (October 27, 2014)

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Court of Federal Claims

Limitations on subcontracting.  See Lynxnet, Inc. v. U. S. and Strategic Operational Solutions, Inc., No. 14-735, November 18, 2014.  (November 24, 2014)


Wifcon Blog

The Contract for "Pook Turtles." Read

Vern Edwards

The Definitions Contest: The Winner. Read.

NCMA Executive Director

The Complications of Cost and Pricing. Read


Emptor Cautus

FAR Eliminates Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA).  Read.

Don Mansfield

Section 1331 Authorities: A Primer. Read.


 Professor Ralph Nash

The Government's Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing. Read.

Bob Antonio

Wifcon.com: My Legacy; My Albatross. Read.



Comptroller General

GPO’s Printing Procurement Regulation, review-and-confirm calls to vendors.  See Premiums & Specialties, Inc.. B-410247: Nov 13, 2014(November 19, 2014)

Set-aside, Rule of Two.  See Edmond Scientific Company, B-410179, B-410179.2: Nov 12, 2014(November 18, 2014)

Biased ground rules organizational conflict of interest (OCI), unequal Access to Information OCI.  See Alliant Techsystems, Inc., B-410036: Oct 14, 2014 (November 17, 2014)

Consolidation of requirements.  See Guardian Moving & Storage Co., Inc., B-410171: Nov 6, 2014(November 17, 2014)

Flawed price evaluation scheme.  See  Raymond Express International, B-409872.2: Nov 6, 2014(November 17, 2014)

Evaluator bias.  See BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services, Inc., B-409914, B-409914.2: Sep 16, 2014(November 12, 2014)

Late proposal.  See Brian X. Scott, B-410195: Nov 7, 2014.  (November 12, 2014)

Quality Products List.  See Rotair Industries, Inc., B-409950: Sep 25, 2014.  (November 7, 2014)

Certificate of Competency.  See MT & Associates, LLC, B-410066: Oct 17, 2014 (November 4, 2014)

Acceptable/unacceptable rating scheme, discussions only with offerors who submitted unacceptable offers.  See Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc.; Mercom Corporation; MicroTechnologies, LLC, B-408128.33, B-408128.35, B-408128.36, B-408128.50: Oct 31, 2014 (November 3, 2014)

Proposal evaluation, documentation.  See Swets Information Services, B-410078: Oct 20, 2014.  (November 3, 2014)

Bias, offeror's request for past performance questionnaire from SEB Chair who also was the contracting officer's representative on prior contract.  See Sigma Space Corporation, B-410062, B-410062.2, B-410062.3: Oct 16, 2014 (October 31, 2014)

More Legal

Analysis Page

There is a new article posted entitled:  Gifts, Hospitality & the Government Contractor.  (November 24, 2014)


Department Of Energy

Worker Safety and Health Enforcement Preliminary Notice of Violation issued.  (November 24, 2014)



The legislation page is updated.  (November 17, 2014)


Department Of Energy

Notice of Intent to investigate.   (November 20, 2014)

Department Of Justice

Utility contractor agrees to pay over $2.5 million for conspiring to commit fraud by illegally obtaining contracts meant for small,  disadvantaged businesses.  (November 20, 2014)

Department Of Justice

Contractor Agrees to Pay $2.72 Million to Settle Claims of Alleged Bid-Rigging and Kickbacks.  (November 18, 2014)

Department Of Energy

Consent order issued.  (November 14, 2014)

Department of Justice

Coast Guard IT Contractor Admits Stealing Personal Information from Computers.  (November 13, 2014)

Former United States Navy Military Sealift Command Contractor and Co-Founder of Government Contracting Company Sentenced to Prison.  (November 10, 2014)

Contractor To Pay $849,678 To Resolve Fraud Allegations Of Bid Rigging.  (November 6, 2014)

Federal Workforce

2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.  (November 3, 2014)

Department of Justice

Kansas City business owner among three sentenced for $1 million scheme to defraud the Army.  (November 3, 2014)

Russian National And Three Others Charged In Kickback Scheme To Obtain Contracts To Transport Russian Nuclear Fuel To The U.S.  (November 3, 2014)

Shipyard to Pay $1 Million to Resolve False Claims Allegations.  (October 30, 2014)


Department of Veterans Affairs

Review of Alleged Mismanagement of VA's Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs Outreach Contracts.  (November 21, 2014)

Government Accountability Office

Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier:  Congress Should Consider Revising Cost Cap Legislation to Include All Construction Costs.  (November 21, 2014)

Small Business Innovation Research:  Change in Program Eligibility Has Had Little Impact.  (November 21, 2014)

Defense Contractors:  Additional Actions Needed to Facilitate the Use of DOD's Inventory of Contracted Services.  (November 20, 2014)

Department of Veterans Affairs

Audit of VHA's Support Service Contracts.  (November 20, 2014)

Department Of Defense

C-5 Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program Hotline Evaluation.   (November 19, 2014)

Government Accountability Office

2013 Government Shutdown:  Three Departments Reported Varying Degrees of Impacts on Operations, Grants, and Contracts.  (November 17, 2014)

Postal Service

Contract Postal Units.  (pdf)  (November 17, 2014)

Department Of Energy

Alleged Attempts by Sandia National Laboratories to Influence Congress and Federal Officials on a Contract Extension.  (November 14, 2014)

Government Accountability Office

Defense Contract Audit Agency:  Additional Guidance Needed Regarding DCAA's Use of Companies' Internal Audit Reports.  (November 13, 2014)

Environmental Protection Agency

Ineffective Oversight of Purchase Cards Resulted in Improper Purchases at EPA OIG Summary.  (pdf)  (November 12, 2014)

Department Of Defense

DoD Needs to Improve Processes for Issuing and Managing Cost-Reimbursement Contracts.  (November 10, 2014)

Army Personnel Complied With the Berry Amendment But Can Improve Compliance With the Buy American Act.  (November 10, 2014)

Government Accountability Office

Women-Owned Small Business Program:  Certifier Oversight and Additional Eligibility Controls Are Needed.  (November 10, 2014)

Department Of Defense

Although U.S. Forces–Afghanistan Prepared Completion and Sustainment Plans for Ongoing Construction Projects for U.S. Facilities, Four Construction Projects at Bagram Faced Significant Challenges.  (November 6, 2014)

Evaluation of Government Quality Assurance Oversight for DoD Acquisition Programs.  (November 4, 2014)

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