Challenge To Multi-Billion Dollar Jedi Cloud Solicitation Fails

Sep 10, 2020

  By Hon. Jack Delman Last week, the Federal Circuit rejected a protest filed by Oracle that challenged the legality of the multi-billion dollar Defense Department JEDI Cloud solicitation.  An overview of the key issues follows. THE SOLICITATION The DOD issued a solicitation known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) Cloud procurement.  The solicitation contemplated… Read more »

A Reminder From the GAO That Corrective Action Is Not The End Of The Road

Sep 4, 2020

  By Edward W. Bailey, A recent decision from the GAO serves as an important reminder to contractors that, while agencies typically have broad discretion in determining the scope of any corrective actions they take, contractors may nonetheless challenge an agency’s corrective action if its scope is unreasonably narrow. In Matter of: Peraton Inc., B-416916.8, Peraton… Read more »

Federal Agencies Continued to Exceed Small Business Contract Goals for Fiscal Year 2019

Aug 28, 2020

  Written by: Heather Mims, Associate Attorney, Centre Law & Consulting Each year, the Small Business Administration (SBA) publishes an annual scorecard to assess how well federal agencies are performing against their small business and socio-economic prime contracting and subcontracting goals. In addition to reporting agency-specific progress, the scorecard provides accurate and transparent contracting data…. Read more »

GAO to Incumbents: You Still Have to Submit a “Well-Written Proposal”

Aug 20, 2020

  By David Warner, In XTec, Inc., B-418619 (July 2, 2020), the GAO rejected the incumbent contractor’s assertion that the Department of State erred in assessing technical weaknesses that were at odds with the agency’s purported familiarity with XTec’s solution given its performance of the incumbent contract. The GAO decision is a reminder for federal contractors… Read more »

GSA Allows Contactors to select SIN subgroups

Aug 17, 2020

  By JW Butler Effective August 1, 2020, the General Services Administration (GSA) has provided contractors the ability to update their offering classifications by adding subgroups for products and services under specific Special Item Numbers (SINs). Under the GSA MAS, SINs play a critical role in the organization of vendors and their offerings. SINs serve to… Read more »

Contracting in the Time of Coronavirus

Aug 6, 2020

  Written by: Heather Mims, Associate Attorney, Centre Law & Consulting As we’ve previously written, COVID-19 funding for government contractors is fraught with enforcement and audit risks (while False Claims Act penalties continue to increase). To document this funding, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) recently issued a report to Congress titled COVID-19: Opportunities to Improve… Read more »

WOSB Rules and Musings from a Different Time

Jul 30, 2020

  Written by: Barbara Kinosky, Managing Partner, Centre Law & Consulting I finally retrieved my dry cleaning that I had deposited at the cleaners in March.  Then Virginia shut down with my dry cleaning hostage in a remote dry cleaning storage location.  I was reunited with my clothing this month, but my suit looked like… Read more »

Part B of Section 889 Legislation Goes Into Effect on August 13, 2020

Jul 24, 2020

  By JW Butler Section 889 legislation initially introduced as a part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has now been released in Part A and Part B. Both parts have been incorporated into the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) as FAR subpart 4.21 to combat national security and intellectual property threats… Read more »

Offeror Fails To Timely Disclose Denial Of Security Clearance – Protest Granted!

Jul 17, 2020

  By Hon. Jack Delman In M.C. Dean, Inc., B-418553 (6/15/2020), the GAO recently granted a post award protest on the grounds that an offeror/awardee had actual knowledge, prior to award, that its proposed program manager had been denied a security clearance necessary for performance, but failed to timely notify the agency. The Solicitation The National… Read more »

If You See Something, Say Something: COAFC Expands Restrictions on Post-Award Protests

Jul 9, 2020

  By Edward W. Bailey, A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has expanded restrictions on government contractors’ ability to conduct post-award protests. In Inserso Corp. v. U.S., the United States Defense Information Systems Agency (“DISA”) posted a solicitation, titled Encore III, for the opportunity to sell information technology… Read more »