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GAO Sustains Protest on Four Billion Dollar Solicitation Evaluation

In its September 18, 2017 decision, the GAO sustained McCann-Erickson USA, Inc.’s (“McCann”) protest challenging the Army’s preliminary elimination of McCann’s proposal for advertising services on an acquisition valued up to $4 billion.  After receiving numerous proposals the Army performed a “compliance review” aimed at thinning the number of proposals before applying the evaluation criteria detailed in the requests for proposals. McCann’s proposal was eliminated for alleged failures in followi
 

GSA Federal Supply Schedule Description Too Limited For Contractor to Receive Award

In its September 18, 2017 decision, the GAO sustained a protest over a task order awarded to a contractor whom only had one of the two required services listed on their General Services Administration (“GSA”) Federal Supply Schedule (“FSS”). The United States Navy attempted to acquire 120-250 hotel rooms for civil service mariners in the Norfolk, Virginia area. The Agency invited vendors to submit offers through the GSA’s e-buy system, with instructions to only submit services on a current GSA

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

Do You See a Link Between Maintaining Your GSA Schedule and the Movie Psycho?

By Maureen Jamieson As quoted by Norman Bates in Psycho – “She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven’t you?” I’m not naming names, but I have worked with many clients who have gone quite mad when working to ensure compliance with their GSA Schedules. Having just celebrated Halloween, I am reminded of some frightening misconceptions surrounding GSA Schedules. Maintaining compliance with your schedule can be a grueling experience. Let’s not forget that blood-c

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

Timeliness of Bid Protests

By Tyler Freiberger  Untimeliness is one of the most common reasons protests of government solicitations and awards before the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) and The Court of Federal Claims are dismissed. The accompanying chart describes the somewhat harsh and complex rules required for filing before each body. For protests on how a solicitation is written, a contractor must protest simply before the bids are made. But other protests have strict timing demands measured from when the b

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

Mass Modifications – How to Stay Up to Date with GSA Solicitation Refreshes

By JW Butler The General Services Administration (GSA) will occasionally refresh the terms and conditions across all of the GSA Schedule solicitations. When a Schedule solicitation refreshes, it can be for several reasons such as adding, deleting, or amending Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) or General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) clauses or adding or revising the Special Item Numbers (SINs). Occasionally, the refresh contains simple formatting or spelling changes.
 

Actual False Claim Not Needed For Viable FCA Retaliation Claim?

By David Warner Last month, a divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled that a plaintiff adequately alleges “protected activity” under the False Claims Act’s whistleblower protection provision. This provision is where individuals report concerns related to conduct, that could reasonably lead to a viable FCA action. The First Circuit reversed the lower court’s prior dismissal of the action, which was based in part on the absence of any allegations of a false claim. The plaintiff
 

GSA BREAKING NEWS – CONSOLIDATION OF 24 SCHEDULES INTO ONE SINGLE SCHEDULE

By Maureen Jamieson On November 27, 2018, GSA announced they will be consolidating their 24 Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) into one single Schedule for both products and services. The consolidated schedule will come with one set of terms and conditions. According to GSA, the reason for the consolidation is to make it easier and more efficient to do business with federal, state and local governments. When will the consolidation take place? According to Multiple Award Schedules Program Manageme

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

The 116th Congress More Congressional Review Act Action?

By Wayne Simpson, CFCM, CSCM In 2017 when the new administration entered office, and with both houses of Congress controlled by the same party in the 115th Congress, the Congressional Review Act of 1996 was used dozens of times in the first session of the 115th Congress to rescind Executive Orders, regulations, rules and policies issued by the previous administration.  As of June 2018, 17 public laws were enacted using this authority. Fast forward to the 116th Congress convening at Noon Easter

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

Federal IT Modernization: Why It’s Important to Government Contractors in 2019

By Barbara S. Kinosky, Esq. There’s a revived focus on the topic and implementation of Information Technology modernization within the federal government in 2019. IT drives innovation and innovation is the most direct route to business success. Innovation in government contracting has the same impact that steam had on the industrial revolution. In fact, it’s hard to imagine any organization that has not benefited from the digital revolution. As we begin 2019, several government agencies have
 

Expansion of Buy American Act Requirements are Coming – Including the Addition of Cyber Projects

By Heather Mims, Esq. In general, the Buy American Act (“BAA”) requires the United States government to give a preference to American-made products. When applied to a specific procurement, a contractor must provide an end-product that was manufactured in the United States and must also certify that more than fifty percent of the cost of all the parts were manufactured in the United States. Executive Orders Since its implementation in 1933, numerous exceptions and interpretations have develope
 

2019 Trend Predictions for the Government Contracting Industry

By Angel N. Davis, Happy New Year and Happy Contracting! As we enter 2019, we have the opportunity to make and commit to several resolutions with the hope of remaining steadfast and following through with at least a few. As an industry, a company and an individual now is the time to set goals for the new year. What can we expect in 2019? 2019 will undoubtedly continue being a year of technological disruption. Due to that, this year our government will place a high value on: Acquisition ref
 

The Ghosts of Performances Past (Or Lack Of)

By Stephanie Fine, Esq. With the holidays upon us and the new year just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about new solicitations in the pipeline for the next calendar year and your record of past performance. Almost every government proposal requires information on past performance, and it’s inarguably one of the most critical parts. Why does past performance matter? Past performance shows the government that your company is capable of performing the work it says it can. It’

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

GAO Bid Protest Statistics Are Out And Show Changes To Most Prevalent Grounds For Sustaining Protests

At the end of each fiscal year, the GAO submits its Bid Protest Annual Report to Congress. This report details the number of cases received by GAO (which includes protests, cost claims, and requests for reconsideration) and a summary of the overall outcomes of the cases. In FY2018, 2,607 cases were filed at the GAO, of those 2,474 were bid protests (the remaining approximately 130 cases being cost claims and requests for reconsideration). Only 622 of those cases reached a decision on the merits

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

“The Frog That Roared?” Supreme Court’s Weyerhaeuser Co. Decision May Open The Door For Increased Scrutiny of Agency Decision-Making

Last week the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Weyerhaeuser Co. v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding an agency determination that certain lands were a “critical habitat” for the endangered dusky gopher frog and could not be developed. While some contemporaneous accounts of the oral arguments anticipated a likely split along ideological lines, the Court’s eventual decision was a unanimous one that overturned the lower courts’ affirmation of the agency’s actions. While th

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

The 116th Congress More Congressional Review Act Action?

By Wayne Simpson, CFCM, CSCM In 2017 when the new administration entered office, and with both houses of Congress controlled by the same party in the 115th Congress, the Congressional Review Act of 1996 was used dozens of times in the first session of the 115th Congress to rescind Executive Orders, regulations, rules and policies issued by the previous administration.  As of June 2018, 17 public laws were enacted using this authority. Fast forward to the 116th Congress convening at Noon Easter

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

OCI and FCA: Two Acronyms You Never Want to See Together…

By William Weisberg, Esq, Organizational Conflicts of Interest (OCI) are a well-known fixture of government contracting. OCI has its own FAR subsection, FAR part 9.5, and figures prominently in several GAO bid protests every year. OCIs can be waived by the Government, and mitigated by contractors, with the Government’s approval. OCIs are situations where a contractor either has an unfair competitive advantage from previous work done, has impaired objectivity, or has other prohibited items. I
 

Disabled Workers Hit Hard by Shutdown

By Tyler Freiberger, One month and two days and still 800,000 federal employees are currently working without pay as a result of the “partial” government shutdown. As many employees struggle to afford basic necessities it’s only slight comfort that Congress has already passed the law authorizing back pay when the shutdown ends. While the hardship of these government employees deserves the mass media’s coverage, there are also over four million federal contractors supporting the federal governme
 

The Ghosts of Performances Past (Or Lack Of)

By Stephanie Fine, Esq. With the holidays upon us and the new year just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about new solicitations in the pipeline for the next calendar year and your record of past performance. Almost every government proposal requires information on past performance, and it’s inarguably one of the most critical parts. Why does past performance matter? Past performance shows the government that your company is capable of performing the work it says it can. It’

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

GAO Bid Protest Statistics Are Out And Show Changes To Most Prevalent Grounds For Sustaining Protests

At the end of each fiscal year, the GAO submits its Bid Protest Annual Report to Congress. This report details the number of cases received by GAO (which includes protests, cost claims, and requests for reconsideration) and a summary of the overall outcomes of the cases. In FY2018, 2,607 cases were filed at the GAO, of those 2,474 were bid protests (the remaining approximately 130 cases being cost claims and requests for reconsideration). Only 622 of those cases reached a decision on the merits

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

“The Frog That Roared?” Supreme Court’s Weyerhaeuser Co. Decision May Open The Door For Increased Scrutiny of Agency Decision-Making

Last week the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Weyerhaeuser Co. v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding an agency determination that certain lands were a “critical habitat” for the endangered dusky gopher frog and could not be developed. While some contemporaneous accounts of the oral arguments anticipated a likely split along ideological lines, the Court’s eventual decision was a unanimous one that overturned the lower courts’ affirmation of the agency’s actions. While th

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

GSA BREAKING NEWS – CONSOLIDATION OF 24 SCHEDULES INTO ONE SINGLE SCHEDULE

By Maureen Jamieson On November 27, 2018, GSA announced they will be consolidating their 24 Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) into one single Schedule for both products and services. The consolidated schedule will come with one set of terms and conditions. According to GSA, the reason for the consolidation is to make it easier and more efficient to do business with federal, state and local governments. When will the consolidation take place? According to Multiple Award Schedules Program Manageme

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

Protecting a Forgetful Government – “Christian Doctrine” Alive and Well!

By Hon. Jack Delman We have all learned, some of us in school and some of us in the school of “life experience” that parties to a contract are bound by its terms. Not always, if one of the contracting parties is the federal government. We should know that the sovereign reserves certain unique contract prerogatives. One such prerogative is the right to invoke provisions omitted from the contract but required by law. In G.L Christian & Associates v. United States, 312 F.2d 418 (Ct. Cl. 1963)
 

Disabled Workers Hit Hard by Shutdown

By Tyler Freiberger, Esq. One month and two days and still 800,000 federal employees are currently working without pay as a result of the “partial” government shutdown. As many employees struggle to afford basic necessities it’s only slight comfort that Congress has already passed the law authorizing back pay when the shutdown ends. While the hardship of these government employees deserves the mass media’s coverage, there are also over four million federal contractors supporting the federal gov
 

The Great Migration: GSA Sales Reporting and IFF Transition – 72A to FAS SRP

By Julia Coon, Clause 552.238-74 Industrial Funding Fee and Sales Reporting requires all General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule contractors to report sales within 30 calendar days following the completion of the reporting period and remit the Industrial Funding Fee (IFF) within 30 calendar days following the end of each reporting quarter. Over the next twelve months, GSA will be transitioning all GSA Schedule contracts from the legacy 72A Reporting System to the new Federal Acquisition
 

Disabled Workers Hit Hard by Shutdown

By Tyler Freiberger, Esq. One month and two days and still 800,000 federal employees are currently working without pay as a result of the “partial” government shutdown. As many employees struggle to afford basic necessities it’s only slight comfort that Congress has already passed the law authorizing back pay when the shutdown ends. While the hardship of these government employees deserves the mass media’s coverage, there are also over four million federal contractors supporting the federal gov
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