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Department of Energy

Acquisition Guide Chapter 15.304, Establishing Evaluation Criteria (March 23, 2017)


Rules & Tools

Federal Acquisition Regulation

Information Request

Contract Financing.  (March 22, 2017)

Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation

Extension of Comment Periods for HSAR Case 2015-001:  Safeguarding of Controlled Unclassified Information.  HSAR Case 2015-002:  Information Technology Security Awareness Training.  HSAR Case 2015-003:  Privacy Training.  (March 20, 2017)

Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled

Procurement List

Small Business Administration

Small Business Size Standards:  Rubber Gloves; Waiver of the Nonmanufacturer Rule (March 14, 2017)

VA Acquisition Regulation

VAAR Case 2014-V002—parts 816, 828:  Revise and Streamline VA Acquisition Regulation To Adhere to Federal Acquisition Regulation Principles.  (March 13, 2017)

Department of Energy

Acquisition Guide Chapter 70.4402:  M&O Contractor Standard Research Subcontract (Educational Institution or Nonprofit Organization).  (March 13, 2017)

Acquisition Guide Chapter 15.402:  Pricing Contract Modifications.  (March 13, 2017)

Department of Defense

Purchases from Federal Prison Industries; Updated List of Federal Supply Classification (FSC) Codes to be Competed.  (March 1, 2017)

The White House

Executive Order:  Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda (February 27, 2017)

Department of Energy

Acquisition Guide Chapter 17.602, The Origin, Characteristics, and Significance of the DOE’s Management and Operating (M&O) Contracts (February 22, 2017)

Department of Agriculture

Designation of Product Categories for Federal Procurement (February 21, 2017)

Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Veteran-Owned Small Business Verification Guidelines (February 21, 2017)

Department of Energy

Acquisition Guide Chapter 5.201, Synopsizing Proposed Non-Competitive Contract Actions Citing the Authority of FAR 6.302-1 (February 6, 2017)

Department of Defense

The Richard ‘Dick’ Ginman Contingency Contracting Officer Excellence Award.  (February 1, 2017)

Office of Personnel Management

Federal Civilian Hiring Freeze Guidance (February 1, 2017)

Department of the Army

Military Freight Traffic Unified Rules Publication: New Carrier Performance Standard.  (January 31, 2017)

The White House

Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.  (January 31, 2017)

Department of Defense

Request for Fiscal Year 2016 Competition Report and Establishment of FY 2017 Competition Goals (January 30, 2017)

The White House

Regulatory Freeze Pending Review (January 24, 2017)

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Comptroller General

Past performance, relevance.  See XPO Logistics Worldwide Government Services, LLC, B-412628.6, B-412628.7: Mar 14, 2017 (March 22, 2017)


Vern Edwards

Confusing Terminology: "Multiple-Award Contract"  Read.

NCMA Executive Director

The Prime/Sub Conundrum. Read

Wifcon Blog

A Contracting Officer In The Midst Of A Maelstrom.  Read

Don Mansfield

FAR/DFARS/DoD Class Deviations Provision and Clause Matrix. Read.

Emptor Cautus

April Fools’ Day in Federal Acquisition. Read.

Bob Antonio

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



Court of Federal Claims

Sanctions; government's duty of candor to the court.  See Level 3 Communications, LLC v. U. S. and Verizon Deutschland GmbH, No. 16-829, March 16, 2017 (March 20, 2017)

Failure to timely raise organizational conflict of interest claim.  See Concourse Group LLC v. U. S. and RER Solutions, Inc., No. 17-129C, March 13, 2017 (March 14, 2017)

Comptroller General

Price realism analysis.  See American Access, Inc. B-414137, B-414137.2: Feb 28, 2017.  (March 9, 2017)

Restrictive specification.  See Remote Diagnostic Technologies, LLC B-413375.4, B-413375.5: Feb 28, 2017 (March 9, 2017)

Technical evaluation.  See Construction Services Group, Inc. B-412343.3: Feb 27, 2017.  (March 7, 2017)

FAR subpart 8.4, tradeoff decision.  See Harmonia Holdings Group, LLC B-413464, B-413464.2: Nov 4, 2016 (March 7, 2017)

Exception to competition.  See EBSCO Industries, Inc. B-414150: Mar 2, 2017 (March 6, 2017)

Past performance, disparate evaluation.  See CSR, Inc. B-413973, B-413973.2: Jan 13, 2017 (March 3, 2017)

Restrictive specifications  See Pitney Bowes, Inc. B-413876.2: Feb 13, 2017.  (March 1, 2017)

Cost realism analysis.  See Smartronix, Inc. B-413721.2: Feb 22, 2017 (February 27, 2017)

Brand name or equal, waiver of salient characteristic.  See Glem Gas S.p.A. B-414179: Feb 23, 2017 (February 27, 2017

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Department of Justice

Corporation Pleads Guilty for Violating U.S. Sanctions by Sending U.S.-Origin Items to Iran (March 23, 2017)

U.S. Army Employee At Picattiny Arsenal Charged With Conspiracy To Defraud The United States And To Accept Bribes.  (March 23, 2017)



The Legislation page is updated.  (March 20, 2017)


General Services Administration

Review of Reimbursable Work Authorizations Managed by the PBS Pacific Rim Region Service Centers (March 22, 2017)

Department of Justice

Active Duty Member Of U.S. Military Pleads Guilty To Stealing And Selling Military-Issued Night Vision Technology (March 22, 2017)

Man Guilty Of Defrauding The Farm Credit Administration Through Sales Of Grain To Unauthorized Purchasers (March 21, 2017)

Company Charged in $4 Million Government Theft Involving Low-Income Housing Developments (March 21, 2017)

Woman Sentenced to a Year in Prison for Defrauding City of Chicago’s Women-Owned Business Entity Procurement Program (March 20, 2017)

U.S. Navy Admiral and Eight Other Officers Indicted for Trading Classified Information in Massive International Fraud and Bribery Scheme (March 15, 2017

Defense Contractor Pleads Guilty to Stealing Medical Equipment Intended to be Shipped to Deployed Marines (March 15, 2017

Contractor Agrees to Pay United States $1.8 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations (March 14, 2017)

CA Inc. to Pay $45 Million for Alleged False Claims on Government-Wide Information Technology Contract.  (March 13, 2017)

Owner of Commercial Supply Companies Admits Conspiring to Defraud Approximately 40 Companies of More Than $1 Million (March 13, 2017)

Defense Contract Management Agency

DCMA’s capability working groups help streamline business processes (March 9, 2017)

Department of Justice

Corporation Agrees to Plead Guilty and Pay Over $430.4 Million for Violating U.S. Sanctions by Sending U.S.- Origin Items to Iran (March 8, 2017)

Department of Health and Human Services

Fraud Alert:  HHS OIG Hotline Telephone Number Used in Scam (March 6, 2017)

Department of Justice

Former Deputy Project Manager of U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command Charged with Receiving More than $1 Million in Cash and Benefits (March 6, 2017)

Defense Logistics Agency

Defense logistics official sees potential in 3-D printing parts (March 6, 2017)

Department of Justice

People, Technology And Processes, LLC And Its Principals Pay $320,000 To Resolve False Claims Allegations (March 2, 2017)

Seven Defendants Plead Guilty to Millions of Dollars of Fraudulent Sales to Defense Department (March 2, 2017)

Former Major and Lt. Col. Sentenced for Defrauding the Marine Corps.  (March 2, 2017)


Department of the Interior

National Park Service:  Concessions Program Has Made Changes in Several Areas, but Challenges Remain (March 21, 2017)

Department of Defense

The Army Needs to Improve Processes for Single-Award, Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity Contracts (March 17, 2017)

Department of Energy

Actions Taken by Western Area Power Administration to Address Internal Review Findings on its Desert Southwest Region’s Use of Government Purchase (March 17, 2017)

Government Accountability Office

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority: Improved Planning of Future Rehabilitation Projects Could Prevent Limitations Identified with SafeTrack.  (March 15, 2017

VA Construction:  Improved Processes Needed to Monitor Contract Modifications, Develop Schedules, and Estimate Costs.  (March 8, 2017)

Department of Defense

Defense Commissary Agency Purchases of Fresh Produce in Guam.  (March 6, 2017)

Government Accountability Office

Contractor Whistleblower Protections Pilot Program:  Improvements Needed to Ensure Effective Implementation (March 3, 2017)

Navy Shipbuilding: Need to Document Rationale for the Use of Fixed-Price Incentive Contracts and Study Effectiveness of Added Incentives (March 2, 2017)

Department of Defense

Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime Can Improve Its Processes to Obtain Restitution From Contractors That Provide Defective Spare Parts.  (March 1, 2017)

Department of Energy

Management of Suspended Procurements at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant Project.  (March 1, 2017)

Department of Veterans Affairs

Audit of Alleged Misuse of VHA Funds at the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System.  (March 1, 2017)

General Services Administration

Navy Signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for use of GSA’s Reverse Auction eTool.  (March 1, 2017)

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