Contracting Rules & Tools

Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled

Procurement List

Office of Management and Budget

Designation and Responsibilities ofAgency Senior Real Property Officers (July 13, 2018)

Department of Defense

Clarification – Negotiations of Sole Source Major Systems for U.S. and U.S./FMS Combined Procurements (July 11, 2018)

Department of Energy

Acquisition Guide Update.  (July 2, 2018)

Department of Defense

Negotiations of Sole Source Major Systems for U.S. and U.S./FMS Combined Procurements (July 2, 2018)

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation

DFARS Case 2015-D028:  Offset Costs.  (June 29, 2018)

DFARS Case 2018-D032:  Repeal of Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement Clause Pricing Adjustments.  (June 29, 2018)

DFARS Case 2018-D030:  Repeal of Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement Clause Requirements.  (June 29, 2018)

DFARS Case 2015-D024:  Undefinitized Contract Action Definitization.  (June 29, 2018)


DFARS Case 2016-D032:  Electronic Submission and Processing of Payment Requests and Receiving Reports.  (June 29, 2018)

DFARS Case 2017-D010:  Inapplicability of Certain Laws and Regulations to Commercial Items.  (June 29, 2018)

DFARS Case 2018-D025:  Modification of DFARS Clause Surge Option.  (June 29, 2018)

DFARS Case 2017-D009:  Only One Offer.  (June 29, 2018)

DFARS Case 2017-D005:  Submission of Summary Subcontract Reports.  (June 29, 2018)

DFARS Case 2017-D014:  Use of Commercial or Non-Government Standards.  (June 29, 2018)

Department of Defense

Class Deviation 2018-O0017:  Determining Contract Type for FMS Contracts.  (June 29, 2018)

Class Deviation 2018-O0016:  Defense Commercial Solutions Opening Pilot Program.  (June 27, 2018) 

Department of Energy

Updated Entity Registration Requirements in the System for Award Management (SAM)(June 29, 2018)

Federal Acquisition Regulation

FAR Case 2017-009:  Special Emergency Procurement Authority.  (June 26, 2018) 

Federal Highway Administration

Indefinite Delivery and Indefinite Quantity Contracts for Federal-aid Construction (June 26, 2018) 

Office of Management and Budget

M-18-18:  Implementing Statutory Changes to the Micro-Purchase and the Simplified Acquisition Thresholds for Financial Assistance (June 25, 2018) 

Federal Acquisition Regulation

Information Collection

Use of Products and Services of Kaspersky Lab(June 22, 2018) 

Violations of Arms Control Treaties or Agreements with the United States(June 22, 2018) 

EPA FAR Supplement

Removal of EPA Mentor Protege Program.  (June 21, 2018) 

NASA FAR Supplement

Technical amendments, 48 CFR Parts 1801, 1803, 1804, 1815, and 1852.  (June 19, 2018) 

Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-99


FAR Case 2018-010:  Use of Products and Services of Kaspersky Lab.  (June 15, 2018)

FAR Case 2017-018:  Violations of Arms Control Treaties or Agreements with the United States.  (June 15, 2018)

Small Entity Compliance Guide (June 15, 2018)

Department of Defense

Reporting ‘Solicitation Date’ in the Federal Procurement Data System (June 15, 2018)

More Rules

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Bid Protests

Government Accountability Office

Timlieness, last minute protest, Electronic Protest Docketing System.  See CWIS, LLC B-416544: Jul 12, 2018 (July 16, 2018)

Agency response to initial debriefing questions and second debriefing questions, enhanced debriefing rules, GAO's debriefing rules.  See State Women Corporation B-416510: Jul 12, 2018 (July 16, 2018)

Court of Federal Claims

Intervening in bid protest, right to intervene, permissive intervention.  See KGL Food Service, WLL v. U. S. and ANHAM FZCO, No. 18-823C, July 13, 2018 (July 16, 2018)


Don Mansfield

Are Small Business Concerns "Nontraditional Defense Contractors?" Read.

Wifcon Blog

Congress Passes Too Much Acquisition Legislation.  Read.

Vern Edwards

Warning To Proposal Writers (and Agency Evaluators). Read.

Emptor Cautus

Acquisition Reform ― It’s Soylent Green!  Read.

Bob Antonio

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


Bid Protests

Government Accountability Office

Evaluators' scoring error.  See VariQ Corporation B-414650.11, B-414650.15: May 30, 2018 (July 9, 2018)

Restrictive requirement, facility clearance.  See Management and Technical Services Alliance Joint Venture B-416239: Jun 25, 2018 (July 2, 2018)

Unequal access OCI.  See Dell Services Federal Government, Inc. B-414461.3, B-414461.4, B-414461.5: Jun 19, 2018 (June 28, 2018) 

Corrective action, ambiguity, best value or lowest price technically acceptable.  See URTruckBroker Corporation B-416249.2: Jun 21, 2018 (June 26, 2018) 

Court of Federal Claims

De facto override of CICA stay, task order award.  See  SVD Stars II, LLC v. U. S. and 22nd Century Technologies, Inc., No. 18-846C, June 22, 2018.   (June 25, 2018) 

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Costs, egregious government misconduct, special factor, interpretation.  See Starry Associates, Inc.. v. U. S., and Intellizant, LLC, No. 2017-2148, June 22, 2018.  (June 25, 2018) 

Government Accountability Office

Timeliness, agency level protest, debriefing exception.  See Impact Resources, Inc. B-416093: Jun 11, 2018 (June 21, 2018) 

Reevaluation.  See Immersion Consulting, LLC B-415155.4, B-415155.5: May 18, 2018 (June 20, 2018) 

Cost realism, cost elements.  See LOGC2, Inc. B-416075: Jun 5, 2018.  (June 20, 2018) 

Evaluation factors, unstated criteria.  See EFS Ebrex SARL B-416076: Jun 4, 2018 (June 18, 2018) 

More Legal


The legislation page is updated with small business bills.  (July 16, 2018)

Contracting News

Department of Justice

Business Owner and Former Government Contracting Officer Representative Plead Guilty to Conspiracy and Bribery (July 16, 2018)



A new article on the Articles Page entitled:  Government Procurement and Changes in Firm Transparency (July 9, 2018)

Contracting News

House of Representatives

Hearing entitled:  Keeping Adversaries Away from the Homeland Security Supply Chain (July 13, 2018)

Department of Defense

Maintenance Innovation Slashes Delivery Times (July 13, 2018)

Department of Justice

Electrical Engineer Found Guilty for Intending to Convert Trade Secrets from Defense Contractor (July 11, 2018)

Company and Owner Agree to Pay $14.4 Million to Resolve Alleged False Claims (July 9, 2018)

Texas Construction Company’s Owner and CEO Sentenced to Prison for Defrauding the State Department (July 9, 2018)

Court Imposes Maximum Fine on Chinese Firm for Theft of Trade Secrets (July 9, 2018)

United States Reaches $1.53 Million Dollar Settlement with Defense Contractor to Resolve Contract Claim (July 9, 2018)

Department of Energy

Notice of Intent to Investigate related to worker safety and health program requirements (July 9, 2018)

Defense Contract Management Agency

My DCMA: quality assurance specialist (July 2, 2018)

Department of Defense

DoD Honors Value Engineering Achievement Award Recipients (June 29, 2018)

House of Representatives

Hearing:  VA Electronic Health Record Modernization: The Beginning of the Beginning (June 27, 2018) 

Department of Justice

Augusta Man Sentenced for Theft of Government Funds (June 28, 2018) 

Brooklyn Man Pleads Guilty to Government Contracting Fraud (June 27, 2018) 

Former Army Contractor Pleads Guilty For "No Show" Job Involving Contract At Aberdeen Proving Ground (June 27, 2018) 

Department of Defense

Hotline Allegation Regarding the Actions of a Defense Contract Management Agency Contracting Officer on a Subcontractor’s Termination Settlement Proposal (June 26, 2018) 

Department of Justice

Former Director of the Program Management Office in the Secretary of Defense Communications Office Pleads Guilty to Conflicts of Interest Law Prohibiting Acts Affecting Personal Financial Interest (June 25, 2018) 

U. S. Senate

FEMA Moves Toward Prepositioned Contracts for Emergency Sheeting (June 25, 2018) 

Department of Justice

President and Vice President of South Florida Construction Company Charged with Defrauding Low-Income Housing Development Program (June 22, 2018) 

Defense Contract Management Agency

My DCMA: Contract Administrator (June 18, 2018) 

Contracting Audits

Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency

Report on the Government Purchase Card Initiative (July 12, 2018)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA Commercial Crew Program: Plan Needed to Ensure Uninterrupted Access to the International Space Station (July 12, 2018)

Department of Defense

Evaluation of DoD Hotline Complaint Regarding Defense Contract Management Agency Baltimore’s Actions on Audit Findings Reported by Defense Contract Audit Agency (July 12, 2018)

Defense Logistics Agency Award and Administration of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (July 12, 2018)

Architect of the Capitol

Russell Senate Office Building Food Service Contract Audit  (July 10, 2018)

Environmental Protection Agency

CSB Purchase Card Program at Low Risk for Unauthorized Purchases.  (July 5, 2018)

General Services Administration

FAS Did Not Ensure That Contract Employees Had Background Investigations Before Providing Support to Agencies Transitioning to Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (July 3, 2018)

Department of Veterans Affairs

FY 2017 Risk Assessment of VA’s Charge Card Programs (June 27, 2018) 

Small Business Administration

SBA’s Women-owned Small Business Contracting Program (June 22, 2018) 

General Services Administration

Audit of FAS’s Wireless Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (June 15, 2018)

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