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Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled

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Rules & Tools

Federal Acquisition Regulation

Request for Information

Advance Payments (February 1, 2016)

General Services Administration  Acquisition Regulation

GSAR Case 2015-G508:  Removal of Unnecessary Construction Clauses and Editorial Changes.  (January 27, 2016)

Small Business Administration

Small Business Size Standards: Industries with Employee Based Size Standards Not Part of Manufacturing, Wholesale Trade, or Retail Trade (January 26, 2016)

Small Business Size Standards: Manufacturing (January 26, 2016)  

Small Business Size Standards: Employee Based Size Standards in Wholesale Trade and Retail Trade.  (January 25, 2016)

Small Business Size Standards: Inflation Adjustment to Monetary Based Size Standards.  (January 25, 2016)  

Federal Acquisition Regulation

FAR Case 2015-012: Contractor Employee Internal Confidentiality Agreements.  (January 22, 2016)

Department of Defense

Enduring Contingency Contracting Clause Initiative (January 22, 2016)

General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation

GSAR-TA-01:  Correction.  (January 22, 2016)

NASA FAR Supplement

Technical amendments (January 21, 2016)

Federal Acquisition Regulation

Request for Information

Change Order Accounting (January 21, 2016)

Economic Price Adjustment (January 21, 2016)

Federal Acquisition Regulation

FAR Case 2014-004:  Payment of Subcontractors.  (January 20, 2016)

Request for Information

Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Contractors' Purchasing Systems Reviews (January 20, 2016)

Value Engineering Requirements (January 20, 2016)

Department of Energy

Policy Flash 2016-11:  Streamlining DOE’s Oversight of Compensation and Benefits.  (January 19, 2016)

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation

DFARS Case 2015-D021:  Correction to Defense Contractors Performing Private Security Functions.  (January 13, 2016)

General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation

Technical Amendments (January 13, 2016)

General Services Administration

Incidental Expenses Definition and the Laundry, Cleaning, and Pressing of Clothing Policy (January 8, 2016)

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More Small Business


Comptroller General

Customary commercial practice.  See Red River Waste Solutions, LP B-411760.2: Jan 20, 2016 (February 4, 2016)


Vern Edwards

The Worst Thing That Has Happened To Contract Management? Read.

NCMA Executive Director

2015 Year in Review. Read

Wifcon Blog

GAO's Most Prevalent Reasons for Sustained Protests.  Read

Don Mansfield

Thinking Critically About Word Choice: Is "Tradecraft" the Right Word? Read.

NCMA Executive Director

Surviving and Thriving in a Changing Government Contract Environment. Read

Emptor Cautus

Misunderstanding the Missing Words. 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

FAR § 8.405-2, unreasonable source selection decision.  See Castro & Company, LLC B-412398: Jan 29, 2016 (February 4, 2016)

Federal Supply Schedule, price list, labor category that was not qualified to perform the RFQ requirements.  See AllWorld Language Consultants, Inc. B-411481.3: Jan 6, 2016 (February 1, 2016)

Expiration of the Federal Supply Schedule contract, task order period, task order options.  See AllWorld Language Consultants, Inc. B-411481.3: Jan 6, 2016 (February 1, 2016)

FAR clause 52.219‑14, limitations on subcontracting, not in solicitation.  See NCS/EML JV, LLC, B-412277, B-412277.2, B-412277.3: Jan 14, 2016 (January 29, 2016)

Unbalanced pricing.  See Ultimate Concrete, L.L.C. B-412255, B-412255.2: Jan 13, 2016. (January 26, 2016)

Court of Federal Claims

FAR subpart 8.4, price realism analysis.  See Tiber Creek Consulting, Inc. B-411550.4, B-411550.5: Jan 6, 2016 (January 25, 2016)

Sealed bidding, mistake in bid.  See Ultimate Concrete, L.L.C. B-412255, B-412255.2: Jan 13, 2016(January 25, 2016)

Indefinite-delivery contracts, pricing.  See DLT Solutions, Inc. B-412237, B-412237.2, B-412237.3: Jan 11, 2016 (January 25, 2016)

Unreasonable techical evaluation.  See Export 220Volt, Inc. B-412303.2: Jan 20, 2016 (January 22, 2016)

Jurisdiction, contract administration.  See ITility, LLC, v U. S., No. 15-237C, January 7, 2016. (January 20, 2016)

Jurisdiction, federal agency.  See U.S. Security Associates, Inc. v. U. S. and Securiguard, Inc., No. 15-1197C,  January 12, 2016 (January 19, 2016)

Comptroller General

Corporate experience, affiliate.  See Deloitte Consulting, LLP; Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.; CALIBRE Systems, Inc. B-411884, B-411884.2, B-411884.3, B-411884.4, B-411884.5, B-411884.6: Nov 16, 2015.  (January 15, 2016)

Limitations on subcontracting, Veterans Administration Acquisition Regulation clause 852.219-10.  See Geiler/Schrudde & Zimmerman B-412219, B-412219.2, B-412219.3: Jan 7, 2016 (January 13, 2016)

Late proposal, submission in accordance with solicitation.  See Advanced Decisions Vectors, Inc. B-412307: Jan 11, 2016 (January 13, 2016)

More Legal


Department of Justice

Former DoD Contractor Sentenced in Contracting Kickbacks Case (February 4, 2016)


The Legislation page, with numerous pieces of small business legislation, is updated.  (February 1, 2016)


Department of Justice

Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Bribing Public Official at Georgia Military Base (February 4, 2016)

Construction company and individuals pay $1 million to resolve claims of defrauded programs designed to benefit women- and minority-owned contractors (February 4, 2016)

U. S. House of Representatives

The House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a February 3, 2016 hearing entitled:  The Status of Coast Guard Cutter Acquisition Programs.  (February 4, 2016)

The House Committee on Armed Services held a February 3, 2016 hearing entitled:  Acquisition Reform: Starting Programs Well (February 4, 2016)

The House Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce held a February 3, 2016 hearing entitled: SBA Management Review: Office of Government Contracts and Business Development (February 4, 2016)

The Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access of the Committee on Small Business held a hearing entitled: SBA Management Review: Oversight of SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development Offices (February 3, 2016)

Department of Energy

Security Enforcement Preliminary Notice of Violation issued (February 2, 2016)

Department of Justice

Florida-Based Cointractor Agrees to Pay $7.4 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Related to Wartime Contract (February 2, 2016)

United States Senate

January 27, 2016 hearing:  Military Space Launch and the Use of Russian-made Rocket Engines (January 28, 2016)

Department of Justice

Navy Officer Gets 40 Months in Prison as Part of Navy Bribery Probe (February 1, 2016)

Navy Commander Pleads Guilty to Accepting Cash and Prostitutes in International Bribery Scheme (February 1, 2016)

Man Sentenced To 12 Months In Prison For Conspiracy To Receive Bribes While Serving In Afghanistan (January 28, 2016)

Two Men Sentenced for fraudulent purchase order scheme at VA Medical Center (January 26, 2016) (January 26, 2016)  

The White House

The Way Forward for Federal Background Investigations (January 25, 2016)  

Department of Energy

Notice of Intent to Investigate potential worker safety and health noncompliances (January 25, 2016)  

Department of Justice

Navy Petty Officer Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison for Trading Classified Information in International Fraud and Bribery Scandal (January 22, 2016)

Defense Logistics Agency

Former Energy division chief earned 2015 Contracting Legends Award (January 14, 2016)

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a Markup of H.R. 1671, the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act, etc.  (January 13, 2016)

Department of Justice

Former Idaho Construction Company President Sentenced to Prison for Fraud Scheme (January 12, 2016)

Former Contracting Official Sentenced to 30 Months for Bribery in Relation to U.S. Government Contracts in Iraq (January 11, 2016)

Department of Justice

Former Professor Admits Fraud, Agrees to Forfeit $180,000 (January 8, 2016)

Contractor Agrees to Pay $9 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations (January 7, 2016)

Wisconsin Architectural Firm to Plead Guilty and Pay $3 Million to Resolve Criminal and Civil Claims (January 6, 2016)

Department of Defense

FY15 Procurement Management Review “Year in Review” Newsletter (January 5, 2016)


Department of Defense

U.S. TRANSCOM Needs Further Improvements to Address Performance Concerns Over the Global Privately Owned Vehicle Contract III (February 4, 2016)

Air Force Officials Did Not Consistently Comply With Requirements for Assessing Contractor Performance (February 4, 2016)

Department of Homeland Security

Response to Allegations that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Contractor Transport Detainees in Non-Air-Conditioned Vehicles. (pdf)  (February 4, 2016)

TSA's Human Capital Services Contract Terms and Oversight Need Strengthening.  (pdf)  (February 3, 2016)

Government Accountability Office

Army Contracting:  Training and Guidance Needed to Ensure Appropriate Use of the Option to Extend Services Clause (January 29, 2016)

Internal Revenue Service

Review of the Internal Revenue Service’s Purchase Card Violations Report and the Status of Government Charge Card Recommendations (January 28, 2016)

Department of Energy

Audit Coverage of Cost Allowability for Brookhaven Science Associates LLC During Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013 Under Department of Energy Contract No. DE-AC02-98CH10886 (January 25, 2016)  

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