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CPARS: It’s a Ratings Game

By Angel N. Davis, As a government contractor, you should understand that the Contractor Performance Assessment Report (CPAR) may very well be a predictor of how your organization might fair with future business opportunities. But don’t panic; having a better understanding of the ratings and the value of the CPAR will help you to develop a strategy for the best possible outcome. Understand the Ratings Before reviewing your CPAR, it is essential that you understand what each rating means as we

CPARS: It’s a Ratings Game

By Angel N. Davis, As a government contractor, you should understand that the Contractor Performance Assessment Report (CPAR) may very well be a predictor of how your organization might fair with future business opportunities. But don’t panic; having a better understanding of the ratings and the value of the CPAR will help you to develop a strategy for the best possible outcome. Understand the Ratings Before reviewing your CPAR, it is essential that you understand what each rating means as we

FAC 2019-02 Issued

By Wayne Simpson, CFCM, CSCM In the Monday, May 6, 2019, edition of the Federal Register, the Department of Defense (DoD), the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2019-02, which covers several final rules implementing two Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) cases, and a final rule implementing technical amendments, all of  which modify the FAR. FAC 2019-02 contains the final rule impl

FAC 2019-02 Issued

By Wayne Simpson, CFCM, CSCM In the Monday, May 6, 2019, edition of the Federal Register, the Department of Defense (DoD), the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2019-02, which covers several final rules implementing two Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) cases, and a final rule implementing technical amendments, all of  which modify the FAR. FAC 2019-02 contains the final rule impl

Women-Owned Small Business Set-Asides Remain Only Small Percentage of Overall Federal Contracts

By Heather Mims, Esq. On April 15, 2019, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly published a report regarding the Women-Owned Small Business Program (WOSB) at the request of Congress. The report identified several oversight deficiencies with the WOSB program. Overall, despite an increase of more than two million women-owned firms between 2007 and 2012, agencies have routinely not been meeting the prime contracting goal of awarding five percent of all prime contracting dollars to WOS

Women-Owned Small Business Set-Asides Remain Only Small Percentage of Overall Federal Contracts

By Heather Mims, Esq. On April 15, 2019, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly published a report regarding the Women-Owned Small Business Program (WOSB) at the request of Congress. The report identified several oversight deficiencies with the WOSB program. Overall, despite an increase of more than two million women-owned firms between 2007 and 2012, agencies have routinely not been meeting the prime contracting goal of awarding five percent of all prime contracting dollars to WOS

Centre Law & Consulting Welcomes Jonathan S. Spaeth as a Partner

TYSONS, Va., — Centre Law & Consulting, a law firm specializing in the unique needs of federal government contractors, is pleased to welcome Jonathan S. Spaeth as a partner and Chief Operating Officer. Jon brings Centre not only outstanding litigation skills but also an extraordinary understanding of business strategy from his unique blend of law firm and in-house general counsel experience. Jon was a partner for many years at the Washington, D.C. office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer &

Centre Law & Consulting Welcomes Jonathan S. Spaeth as a Partner

TYSONS, Va., — Centre Law & Consulting, a law firm specializing in the unique needs of federal government contractors, is pleased to welcome Jonathan S. Spaeth as a partner and Chief Operating Officer. Jon brings Centre not only outstanding litigation skills but also an extraordinary understanding of business strategy from his unique blend of law firm and in-house general counsel experience. Jon was a partner for many years at the Washington, D.C. office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer &

Service Contractors Beware: Changes To FLSA “Salary Exempt” Status Coming (Yet Again)

By David Warner Almost exactly four years ago, Centre issued a blog post regarding the status of the Obama Administration’s effort to revise the standards for determining whether an employee may be “exempt” for purposes of entitlement to overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Ultimately, the Obama DOL issued regulations that would have more than doubled the FLSA’s minimum salary requirement from $23,660 to $47,476 per year – affecting the status of an estimated 4.2 million workers.

Service Contractors Beware: Changes To FLSA “Salary Exempt” Status Coming (Yet Again)

By David Warner Almost exactly four years ago, Centre issued a blog post regarding the status of the Obama Administration’s effort to revise the standards for determining whether an employee may be “exempt” for purposes of entitlement to overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Ultimately, the Obama DOL issued regulations that would have more than doubled the FLSA’s minimum salary requirement from $23,660 to $47,476 per year – affecting the status of an estimated 4.2 million workers.

More GSA Changes! Out with DUNS Number and in with SAMMI Number

By Maureen Jamieson, On March 18, 2019, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced that Ernst and Young LLP (EY) was awarded a one-year base and four option period, $41.8 million contract for entity validation services for the federal award process. Entity validation services are critical because the federal government must validate the identity of each entity (company, individual or organization) wanting to do business with the government. Dun & Bradstreet, who established t

More GSA Changes! Out with DUNS Number and in with SAMMI Number

By Maureen Jamieson, On March 18, 2019, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced that Ernst and Young LLP (EY) was awarded a one-year base and four option period, $41.8 million contract for entity validation services for the federal award process. Entity validation services are critical because the federal government must validate the identity of each entity (company, individual or organization) wanting to do business with the government. Dun & Bradstreet, who established t

Getting “Real” – Agency’s Inadequate Price Realism Evaluation Supports Protest

By Hon. Jack Delman In Apogee Engineering, LLC, 2019 CPD 85, 2019 WL 927366 (February 21, 2019), the GAO recently sustained a protest, due to, among other things, the agency’s failure to show that it performed an adequate price realism evaluation as required by the RFP. The Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary of Transportation (agency), issued the RFP as a competitive set aside under the SBA’s 8(a) program. The RFP contemplated the award of a labor hour contract with fixed-pr

Getting “Real” – Agency’s Inadequate Price Realism Evaluation Supports Protest

By Hon. Jack Delman In Apogee Engineering, LLC, 2019 CPD 85, 2019 WL 927366 (February 21, 2019), the GAO recently sustained a protest, due to, among other things, the agency’s failure to show that it performed an adequate price realism evaluation as required by the RFP. The Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary of Transportation (agency), issued the RFP as a competitive set aside under the SBA’s 8(a) program. The RFP contemplated the award of a labor hour contract with fixed-pr

Billion Dollar Task Order Protest Sustained Due to Price Determination

By Tyler Freiberger, One of the most common frustrations in preparing bid protests for government contractors is the feeling that protests centered on stark price differences are dead on arrival due to the vague nature of “price reasonableness evaluations” and the seemingly infinite deference a federal agency has on that determination. However, as shown in a recent Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) decision, there is hope as the GAO increasingly pushes back on agencies’ unspecified or co

Best Practices for Best In Class Contract Management

By Angel N. Davis, Once upon a time, most Government Contracting firms were small. As we all know, growing a business is no small achievement and requires a tremendous amount of perseverance, hard work and a dedicated team focused on delivering exceptional products and services to your customers. Building It Government Contracting businesses have the potential for substantial growth margins. So, when launching your first-class contracting business, you’ll first want to develop a business plan

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.

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

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

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

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

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

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)

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)

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

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

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

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

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

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

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

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