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American Apparel Left Me Wondering

Posted by bob7947, 01 July 2013 · 1,793 views

GAO supplies us with its contracting rules in bid protest decisions.  These rules are repeated and this is one of the reasons I provide key excerpts from bid protest decisions on Wifcon.com's Bid Protest pages.  If you read these rules repeatedly, you will remember them. For example, here is a rule on what GAO reviews on a pa...

Protester Wins Substance Of Protest; Still Loses

Posted by bob7947, 26 May 2013 · 1,055 views

In Lockheed Propulsion Company; Thiokol Corporation, B-173677, June 24, 1974 , GAO issued its bid protest decision on the Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) Project for the Space Shuttle Program.  This decision was issued before the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had its first SRM and before it had its first Space Shuttle.One part of the Lockh...

Look What GSA Forgot

Posted by bob7947, 17 May 2013 · 1,272 views

The General Services Administration (GSA) has about 19,000 Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contracts.  About 80 percent are contracts with small businesses.  Last year, GSA proposed terminating thousands of small business contracts for not meeting the $25,000 annual sales threshold.  Apparently, GSA forgot to pay the contractors something--$2,500....

Is FAR 8.406-6 As Easy As "May" and "Shall"?

Posted by bob7947, 08 May 2013 · 1,523 views

I was reading a decision of the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) about a week ago and I found the following.Why read the ASBCA decision when I could go straight to the horse's mouth!  So I searched the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) web site and I found the Sharp decision--and it was recent.  Here is a brief descri...

Unilateral Or Bilateral, That Is The Answer

Posted by bob7947, 26 April 2013 · 2,331 views

We've all seen this before.  The government and contractor sign a contract with a base period and several 1-year options.  Sometimes, the 1-year option periods even mirror the government's fiscal year.  A nice little puppy.  Then, the harsh realities of government take over and our little puppy grows into an unwieldy mongrel.  Such is life in fede...

Offerors Need To Understand The Pricing Scheme And Any Caveats

Posted by bob7947, 21 April 2013 · 1,979 views

On April 26, 2007, the Army awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity, fixed price, job-order contract to Lakeshore Engineering Services, Inc., for repair, maintenance, and construction services at Fort Rucker, Alabama.  Lakeshore performed 79 construction delivery orders in the base year and 74 construction delivery orders in the first option...

The Case Of The Reluctant Subcontractors

Posted by bob7947, 18 April 2013 · 802 views

In the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia, a recent opinion was issued in which 3 hospitals wanted to avoid being labled as government subcontractors to avoid the Department of Labor's rules covering subcontractors.  The hospitals had contracts with UPMC Health Plan to provide medical services and supplies to individuals enrolled in its...

Justice From The Tenth Circuit

Posted by bob7947, 17 April 2013 · 732 views

" . . . was on the take. At the New Mexico Department of Corrections she was responsible for selecting the best contractors to perform maintenance work for the State. Instead and bypassing any public bidding process, she awarded about $4 million in contracts to . . . over the course of three years -- receiving about $237,000 in return from ....

If You Want A Contract, Don't Have A "Seriously Delinquent Tax Debt"

Posted by bob7947, 15 April 2013 · 756 views

H. R. 882, the Contracting and Tax Accountability Act of 2013  passed  the House of Representatives on April 15, 2013.    The bill would lead to a nice amount of paperwork, new criteria for determining contractor responsibility, and opportunity for debarment.    A copy of the bill, as reported from committee, is here .

Termination For Convenienience: Not As Convenent As One Might Think

Posted by bob7947, 14 April 2013 · 1,213 views

In 2010, the U.S. Central Command's Task Force for Business and Stability Operations, had a requirement  for security services to facilitate investment and commerce in Iraq.  This blog entry deals with the 2 competitive solicitations and contracts that led to a case before the Court of Federal Claims (COFC).  Unfortunately for Tigerswan, the awardee o...

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