GAO Rejects “One and Done” Line Item Evaluation

Sep 13, 2017

In its August 25, 2017 decision the GAO sustained a bid protest from David Jones CPA PC (“Jones”) on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (“VA”) refusal to establish a blanket purchase agreement following a request for quotations on Equal Employment Opportunity claims investigations. The principle issue of the decision revolved around the VA’s elimination of… Read more »


Maintaining an Approved Purchasing System – Things That Get in the Way

Sep 7, 2017

In the past I have written about subcontracting compliance from the Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR) audit prospective. The three step process of system existence, system procedure adequacy and compliance is a very effective way to meet the FAR 44.3 CPSR goal of “efficiency and effectiveness with which the contractor spends Government funds and complies… Read more »


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Aug 31, 2017

Trick question, how much does the government charge contractors to register for SAM or any other government database?  The answer is zero, zip, zilch.   There is no charge to register for any government database.  And neither the Wizard of Oz nor any of these vendors can get you no bid contracts from any federal agency…. Read more »


Remember to Timely File Comments… Or Else

Aug 31, 2017

In a recent decision on August 25, 2017, the GAO dismissed the protest of PennaGroup, LLC for failure to timely file comments on the agency reports. On March 17, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an RFP for the design and construction of solid concrete border wall prototypes. The RFP instructed offerors to… Read more »


How Worried Are You About Your Firm’s Cybersecurity?

Aug 24, 2017

The answer should be: very worried.  Even if you are involved in a small company or small law firm, you can be a target.  Everyone needs to take appropriate precautions. Even though we seem to be hearing nonstop horror stories about servers being held for ransom or personal information stolen from websites, there are things… Read more »


How to Lose an Award in a Single Email Exchange

Aug 23, 2017

Federal contractors often feel a great sense of relief when they are selected for an award. However, the recent GAO decision  regarding a request for quotations for supplying diesel shows just how quickly a business relationship with the federal government can sour. Bluehorse Corporation, an Indian Small Business, successfully submitted the lowest price quote on… Read more »


GAO to DoD – Acquisitions for Intelligence Collection Capabilities: there’s a better way.

Aug 17, 2017

  The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report recommending several changes to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) deployable biometrics programs. Deployable biometric capabilities like fingerprint scanners, voice recognition hardware, and iris scanning devices are used as intelligence collection platforms by the DoD. According to the report, these programs are responsible for DoD… Read more »


Amazon.gov?

Aug 10, 2017

NDAA Provision Requires Federal Procurement Through ‘Online Marketplaces’ A provision contained in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA), H.R. 2810, covers “Procurement Through Online Marketplaces.”  Section 801 of Act requires the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA) to establish for government-wide use a program to procure products through online marketplaces… Read more »


Third Time’s the Charm? Not so Much for this Protester

Aug 10, 2017

In its July 28, 2017 decision, the GAO denied a protest and found an agency’s decision to negotiate a sole-source contract with a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) to be reasonable based on the agency’s lack of progress in meeting its HUBZone goals. JRS Staffing Services, B-414630, B414630.2 (July 28, 2017). The original solicitation process… Read more »


What’s In A Name?

Aug 3, 2017

In its July 17, 2017, decision the GAO partially sustained a protest after an agency conducted an unreasonable past performance evaluation. Timberline LLC’s award for the maintenance and deactivation of manufactured housing units in Louisiana was protested by MLU services after MLU noticed an oddity about Timberline LLC’s submitted past performance history. Put simply, the… Read more »