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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Preproposal/Pre-bid Conference (August 16, 2017)


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General Services Administration

GSA Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Per Diem Rates for Federal Travelers (August 14, 2017)

Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled

Procurement List

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation

Subgroup to the Department of Defense Regulatory Reform Task Force, Review of DFARS Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses (August 1, 2017)

Department of Defense

Our Pricing Responsibilities and Warfighter Lethality

(August 1, 2017)

General Services Administration

Evaluation of Existing Acquisition Regulations; Extension of Comment Period (July 31, 2017)

Evaluation of Existing Federal Management and Federal Property Management Regulations; Extension of Comment Period (July 31, 2017)

Evaluation of Existing Leasing Acquisition Regulations; Extension of Comment Period (July 31, 2017)

Federal Acquisition Regulation

Information Request

Buy American, Trade Agreements, and Duty-Free Entry (July 31, 2017)

Office of Management and Budget

Best-in-Class Mandatory Solution -Package Delivery Services

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NFS Case 2016-N027:  Award Term.  (July 25, 2017)

Fiscal Service

Prompt Payment Interest Rate; Contract Disputes Act (July 24, 2017)

Department of Defense

Class Deviation 2017-O0006:  Increased Micro-Purchase Threshold.  (July 24, 2017)

Government-wide Commercial Purchase Card Guidance Related to Class Deviation 2017-O006, Increased Micro-Purchase Threshold dated July 17, 2017 (July 24, 2017)

White House

Executive Order on Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States (July 24, 2017)

Environmental Protection Agency Acquisition Regulation

Administrative Amendments to 48 CFR Parts 1501, 1504, 1509, 1515, 1516, 1517, 1519, 1535, 1552 and 1553 (July 19, 2017)

Veterans Employment and Training Service

Information Collection

Federal Contractor Veterans' Employment Report (July 18, 2017)

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Comptroller General

Cost realism, cost adjustment.  See Orbital Sciences Corporation B-414603, B-414603.2: Jul 26, 2017 (August 15, 2017)


Vern Edwards

The Problem of Proposal-Based Competition. Read.

Emptor Cautus

Acquisition Reform ― It’s Soylent Green!  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.



Comptroller General

Overeliance on competitor's design.  See Simplex Aerospace B-414566.2: Aug 8, 2017 (August 10, 2017)

Court of Federal Claims

Small Business, affiliate, economic dependence.  See Veterans Technology, LLC and MDW Associates, LLC v. U. S. No. 16-1489, August 2, 2017 (August 7, 2017)

Comptroller General

HUBZone set-aside, market research.  See JRS Staffing Services B-414630, B-414630.2: Jul 28, 2017 (August 8, 2017)

Price realism, time-and-materials.  See HP Enterprise Services, LLC B-413888.2, B-413888.3, B-413888.4, B-413888.5: Jun 21, 2017 (August 4, 2017)

Professional Employee Compensation.  See SURVICE Engineering Company, LLC B-414519: Jul 5, 2017 (August 4, 2017)

Government seeking clarifications.  See Defense Base Services, Inc. B-414591: Jul 12, 2017 (August 2, 2017)

Meaningful discussions.  See Piton Science and Technology B-414634: Jul 28, 2017 (August 1, 2017)

Waiver from nonmanufacturer rule.  See AeroSage, LLC B-414640, B-414640.3: Jul 27, 2017.  (July 31, 2017)

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Department of Defense

DoD Announces Recipients of Value Engineering Achievement Awards (August 16, 2017)

Department of Justice

Defense Contractor Agrees to Pay $9.2 Million to Settle False Billing Allegations (August 16, 2017)


Government Accountability Office

Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications:  Update on Air Force Oversight Effort and Selected Acquisition Programs (August 16, 2017)



The Legislation page is updated.  (August 7, 2017)


Department of Justice

Contractor Settles False Claims Act Allegations Involving I-495 HOV Project (August 15, 2017)

Department of Defense

Impact of Industry Innovation Will Continue to Grow at DoD (August 14, 2017)

The Richard ‘Dick’ Ginman Contingency Contracting Officer Excellence Award (August 14, 2017)

Department of Justice

Defense Contractor Agrees to Pay $16 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations (August 14, 2017)

Singapore Executives Sentenced for Fraud in International Navy Corruption Scandal (August 14, 2017)

Contractor Admits that it Violated Laws for Our Nation’s Service-Disabled Veterans (August 14, 2017)

Department of Justice

Mortgage company Agrees to Pay Over $74 Million to Resolve Alleged False Claims Act Liability Arising from Mortgage Lending (August 9, 2017)

Government Contractor Pleads Guilty To Making False Claims And False Statements (August 9, 2017)

Department of Defense

Report to Congress Restructuring the Department of Defense Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Organization and Chief Management Officer Organization (August 8, 2017)

Department of Justice

Orange County Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge of Failing to Properly Overhaul Part Used on Apache Helicopters (August 4, 2017)

U. S. Senate

Hearing entitled:  FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project – What Happened and What’s Next (August 3, 2017)

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Secures Commitment from GSA and FBI to Return to Congress in 120 Days with Plan on FBI Headquarters (August 3, 2017)


Government Accountability Office

Foreign Military Sales:  Expanding Use of Tools to Sufficiently Define Requirements Could Enable More Timely Acquisitions (August 15, 2017)

General Services Administration

GSA's Purchase Card Program is Vulnerable to Illegal, Improper, or Erroneous Purchases.   (August 14, 2017)

Department of Energy

Lessons Learned from Assessment of Engineering Process.  (August 11, 2017)

Government Accountability Office

Space Launch:  Coordination Mechanisms Facilitate Interagency Information Sharing on Acquisitions.  (August 10, 2017)

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter:  DOD's Proposed Follow-on Modernization Acquisition Strategy Reflects an Incremental Approach Although Plans Are Not Yet Finalized (August 9, 2017)

Small Business Contracting:  Surety Bond Waivers for Construction Contracts (August 8, 2017)

Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Lacks Processes to Validate Whether Contractors Receive Specialized Role-Based Training for Network and Data Protection (August 1, 2017)

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