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23Apr
2018

Can the GAO Resolve SDVOSB Eligibility Protests?

by Shelley Hall

In a recent bid protest decision, the GAO rejected the protester’s attempt to convince them to take jurisdiction.  For non-VA acquisitions, the SBA has sole authority to determine whether an offeror is an SDVOSB. OBXtek, Inc., B-415258 (Dec. 12, 2017) involved a Department of Homeland Security RFQ for cybersecurity support services, which was issued […]...

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20Apr
2018

Email Delivery Receipt Does Not Confirm Proposal Submission

by Shelley Hall

In today’s world, everything is done electronically.  As a result, many contractors send in proposals using the delivery receipt option to show proof of submission in a timely manner. In ManTech Advanced Systems International, Inc., B-414985, (Oct. 20, 2017), the GAO looked at a proposal submitted by ManTech to provide cyber security services to the Air […]...

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16Apr
2018

Out-of-Scope Task Orders

by Shelley Hall

In Western Pilot Service, et al., B-415732 et al., Mar. 6, 2018, GAO sustained a pre-award protest brought by several offerors that arguing that the RFP for a task order sought services outside the scope of the relevant IDIQ contract. The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a task order RFP for exclusive-use single engine […]...

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13Apr
2018

Share the Knowledge

by Charles Hargett

Here’s a little secret that isn’t so secret to anyone who has ever done business with the government: across the Federal government, agencies have a difficult time communicating with each other and within their own organizations. So what? How is this widely known “secret” that sounds like it came from Captain Obvious pertain to Federal...

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9Apr
2018

The Benefits and Risks of IDIQ Contracts – Part 2

by Steve Lucianetti

Recently, I wrote about the risks and benefits of IDIQ contracts as it concerned requirements. This month I would like to comment on the risk and benefits of pricing IDIQ contracts. When I was a Procuring Contracting Officer for Naval Air Systems Command (PCO is the term used for the contracting officer for a program...

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