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NASA Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement

NFS Case 2016-N027:  Award Term.  (December 9, 2016)

Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled

Procurement List

Federal Acquisition Regulation

FAR Case 2014-002:  Set-Asides under Multiple-Award Contracts.  (December 6, 2016)

Department of Defense

Class Deviation 2017-O0002:  Enhancing the Effectiveness of the IR&D.  (December 5, 2016)

Guidance on Evaluation of Risk in Negotiating Contract Profit or Fee (December 2, 2016)

Federal Highway Administration

Construction Manager/General Contractor Contracting (December 2, 2016)

Federal Acquisition Regulation

FAR Case 2016-005:  Effective Communication between Government and Industry.  (November 29, 2016)

USAID Acquisition Regulation

Government Property -- Reporting Requirements (November 29, 2016)

Department of Energy

Acquisition Guide Chapter 70.1706-1, Acquisition Planning in the M&O Environment(November 23, 2016)

Federal Acquisition Regulation

Information collection.

Acquisition of Helium(November 22, 2016)

Export-Import Bank

Proposal to Adopt the 2010 Small Business Jobs Act Interim Rule as an Alternative Size Standard for Defining a Small Business.  (November 22, 2016)

Small Business Administration

Women’s Business Center Program.  (November 22, 2016)

General Services Administration

Amendments to the Federal Property Management Regulation(November 21, 2016)

Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-92

Introduction.  (November 18, 2016)

FAR Case 2015-024:  Public Disclosure of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Reduction Goals - Representation.  (November 18, 2016)

FAR Case 2015-035:  Removal of Regulations Relating to Telegraphic Communication. (November 18, 2016)

Technical Amendments.  (November 18, 2016)

Small Entity Compliance Guide.  (November 18, 2016)

Office of Government Ethics

Standards Governing Solicitation and Acceptance of Gifts from Outside Sources (November 18, 2016)

Department of Defense

Class Deviation 2017-O0001:  Prohibition on Contracting with Entities that Require Certain Internal Confidentiality Agreements.  (November 18, 2016)

The White House

Eligibility of the Multinational Force and Observers to Receive Defense Articles and Defense Services.  (November 17, 2016)

Department of Treasury Acquisition Regulation

Incremental Funding of Fixed-Price, Time-and-Material or Labor-Hour Contracts during Continuing Resolution.  (November 16, 2016)

Federal Acquisition Regulation

FAR Case 2013-018:  Clarification of Requirement for Justifications for 8(a) Sole Source Contracts.  (November 15, 2016)

Department of Energy

Correction to Memorandum for the Preliminary Injunction on Implementation of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673 (November 8, 2016)

Federal Acquisition Regulation

Information collection.

Preaward Survey Forms (November 8, 2016)

Privacy Training (November 8, 2016)

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Comptroller General

Low price, Berry Amendment.  See Inspire International B-413798: Dec 8, 2016 (December 12, 2016)

Court of Federal Claims

Contracting officer's duty to inquire.  See Level 3 Communications, LLC v. U. S. and Verizon Deutschland GmbH, No. 16-829 December 5, 2016 (December 12, 2016)

Contracting officer failed to consider an important aspect of the problem.  See Level 3 Communications, LLC v. U. S. and Verizon Deutschland GmbH, No. 16-829 December 5, 2016 (December 12, 2016)

Court orders agency to provide procurement records to the DoD Inspector General for investigation into why the Contracting Officer awarded this contract.  See Level 3 Communications, LLC v. U. S. and Verizon Deutschland GmbH, No. 16-829 December 5, 2016 (December 12, 2016)


Don Mansfield

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

Vern Edwards

Core Competencies? Outsourcing? Read.

NCMA Executive Director

Effective Competencies in Contracting. Read

Emptor Cautus

April Fools’ Day in Federal Acquisition. Read.

Wifcon Blog

GAO's Most Prevalent Reasons for Sustaining Protests.  Read

Bob Antonio

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



Court of Federal Claims

Source selection plans generally do not give outside parties any rights.  See  Progressive Industries, Inc. v. U. S. and Irish Oxygen, Co., No. 14-1225C, December 6, 2016 (December 8, 2016)

Price realism analysis.  See Tiber Creek Consulting Inc. v. U. S. and ArrowPoint Inc., No. 16-236C, December 2, 2016 (December 6, 2016)

Analysis under FAR § 52.222-46.  See  CSC Government Solutions LLC v U. S. and HP Enterprise Services, LLC, No. 16-1000C, December 2, 2016 (December 6, 2016)

Award to offeror without the exact NAICS code.  See Veterans Electric, LLC v. U. S. No. 16-1113C, November 23, 2016 (November 30, 2016)

Comptroller General

Responsibility, Certificate of Competency, technical acceptability.  See AttainX, Inc.; FreeAlliance.com, LLC B-413104.5, B-413104.6: Nov 10, 2016 (November 30, 2016)

IDIQ protest filed after expiration of GAO's jurisdiction.  See Analytic Strategies LLC; Gemini Industries, Inc. B-413758.2, B-413758.3: Nov 28, 2016(November 29, 2016)

Price realism and reasonableness.  See  EFW Inc. B-412608, B-412608.2: Apr 7, 2016(November 28, 2016)

DFARS discussions on procurements with an estimated value of $100 million or more.  See Science Applications International Corporation B-413501, B-413501.2: Nov 9, 2016 (November 25, 2016)

Past performance references of subcontractor.  See  GiaCare and MedTrust JV, LLC B-407966.4: Nov 2, 2016(November 23, 2016)

Extension of RFP closing date after passage of the initial closing date.  See National Disability Rights Network, Inc. B-413528: Nov 16, 2016(November 21, 2016)

Identity of offeror.  See Kollsman, Inc. B-413485, B-413485.2, B-413485.3: Nov 8, 2016(November 21, 2016)

Responsibility determination, Trade Agreements Act.  See Bunzl Distribution California, LLC B-412475.4: Oct 21, 2016.  (November 17, 2016)

Discussions, discussion of price.  See Global Dynamics, LLC B-413313, B-413313.2: Sep 20, 2016.  (November 17, 2016)

Court of Federal Claims

Corrective action, agency compliance with corrective action.  See Professional Service Industries, Inc. v U. S. and Genex Systems, LLC, No. 16-1038C. November 15, 2016.  (November 16, 2016)

Market research, commercial items.  See Palantir USG, Inc. v. U. S., No. 16-784C November 9, 2016 (November 14, 2016)

Comptroller General

Flawed evaluation of proposal.  See Glacier Technical Solutions, LLC B-412990.2: Oct 17, 2016.  (November 16, 2016)

Clarification, government's duty to inquire.  See Abacus Technology Corporation; SMS Data Products Group, Inc. B-413421, B-413421.3, B-413421.5, B-413421.6: Oct 28, 2016.  (November 15, 2016)

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U. S. House of Representatives

Hearing from December 8, 2016 entitled:  Oversight Review of the U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program (December 9, 2016)

Department of Defense

DoD Honors Defense Acquisition Workforce Professionals (December 9, 2016)

U. S. House of Representatives

Hearing held on December 6, 2016, entitled:  The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act Scorecard 3.0:  Measuring Agencies' Implementation (December 7, 2016)

Department of Energy

Security Enforcement Letter issued (December 5, 2016)

Department of Justice

Former Supervisory Contracting Officer Sentenced to 72 Months in Prison as Part of Expanding Navy Bribery Scandal (December 5, 2016)

Former Property Management Company to Pay $1.6 Million for Defrauding Military Housing Projects (December 5, 2016)

Government Contractor Indicted for Making False Claims and False Statements (December 5, 2016)

U. S. Senate

December 1, 2016 hearing:  Oversight, Acquisition, Testing, and Employment of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and LCS Mission Module Programs (December 2, 2016)

Department of Justice

Third Circuit Court Of Appeals Affirms Lengthy Prison Sentences For Two Men Who Executed The Largest Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Fraud In The Nation’s History (December 2, 2016)

Owner of Sham ‘Veteran-Owned’ Company Ordered to Forfeit $6.7 Million (November 30, 2016)

Department of Energy

Worker Safety and Health Enforcement Consent Order issued (November 28, 2016)

Department of Justice

Lawsuit Settled for $125 Million Against Contractors for Knowingly Mischarging Costs at Nuclear Waste Treatment Plant(November 25, 2016)

Department of Energy

Worker Safety and Health Enforcement Preliminary Notice of Violation issued(November 23, 2016)

U. S. Coast Guard

Coast Guard Commissions 19th Fast Response Cutter(November 22, 2016)

Department of Justice

Businessman Sentenced for Offering Millions to DoD Procurement Official (November 21, 2016)

Defense Contract Management Agency

My DCMA: Christal M. Jones (November 21, 2016)

Contracts group leads effort to reduce overage contracts.  (November 17, 2016)

Department of Justice

Federal charges filed in W.Va. Division of Highways pay-to-play scheme.  (November 17, 2016)

Navy Officer Pleads Guilty in Massive Fraud and Corruption Scandal.  (November 16, 2016)

Construction Company Officer Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Defraud Government.   (November 16, 2016)

Former Federal Contract Employee Pleads Guilty To Falsifying Timesheets at Two Agencies.  (November 15, 2016)

Two Men Charged with Stealing Trade Secrets from Connecticut Defense Contractor.  (November 15, 2016)

Defense Contract Management Agency

IWMS 3.0 launch transforms contract administration (November 14, 2016)


Department of Defense

Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk Price Reasonableness Determinations for Federal Supply Schedule Orders for Supplies Need Improvement (December 8, 2016)

Government Accountability Office

Defense Business Transformation:  DOD Should Improve Its Planning with and Performance Monitoring of the Military Departments (December 8, 2016)

James Webb Space Telescope:  Project Meeting Cost and Schedule Commitments but Continues to Use Reserves to Address Challenges (December 8, 2016)

Department of Veterans Affairs

Review of Alleged Wasted Funds at Consolidated Patient Account Centers for Windows Enterprise Licenses (December 7, 2016)

General Services Administration

Review of the Proposed Change Order for Site Excavation at the DHS Headquarters Consolidation at St. Elizabeths (December 5, 2016)

Government Accountability Office

Radiation Portal Monitors:  DHS's Fleet Is Lasting Longer than Expected, and Future Acquisitions Focus on Operational Efficiencies (December 1, 2016)

Navy Ship Maintenance:  Action Needed to Maximize New Contracting Strategy's Potential Benefits (November 22, 2016)

Program Management:  DOE Needs to Develop a Comprehensive Policy and Training Program (November 22, 2016)

Department of Energy

Enterprise Assessments Lessons Learned From Reviews of Construction Quality at U.S. Department of Energy Nuclear Facilities(November 21, 2016)

Government Accountability Office

Weapon System Requirements:  Detailed Systems Engineering Prior to Product Development Positions Programs for Success (November 18, 2016)

Environmental Protection Agency

Acquisition Certifications Needed for Managers Overseeing Development of EPA’s Electronic Manifest System (November 8, 2016)

Defense Contract Management Agency

My DCMA: Cmdr. James Wong (November 7, 2016)

Department of Justice

Citizen of China Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Trafficking in Counterfeit Computer Chips (November 7, 2016)

Postal Service

Contract Postal Unit Operations Oversight (November 7, 2016)

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