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Contractor Tries to Blame Government, Subcontractors, and Material Shortages for Default, But ASBCA Doesn’t...

Appeal of a termination for default is denied. The agency terminated the contract after the contractor fell months behind in providing items for first article testing. The contractor argued that its delay was caused by the government’s failure to provide a government-furnished assembly. But the board found this could not have caused the delay, because […]
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Claim that Doesn’t Itemize Components and Just Contains a Bottom-Line Total Fails to State...

Government’s motion to dismiss appeal for lack of jurisdiction is granted. The government alleged the contractor had failed to state a sum certain for...

Offeror Not Required to Contact Proposed Key Personnel to Confirm Availability; Manhattan Strategy Group,...

Protest alleging that awardee misrepresented the availability of key personnel is denied. Following an initial protest and corrective action, the agency asked offerors to confirm the availability of key personnel. The awardee confirmed that all its personnel were still available. The protester claimed this was a misrepresentation, because the awardee had not personally contacted the […]
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GAO Considers Receipt of Email During Regular Business Hours Adequate Notice

Koprince Law – A recent GAO decision provides a costly lesson about the importance of having internal procedures to receive and respond to official e-mail communications when a company team member is unavailable. The stakes can be big–GAO recently dismissed a contractor’s protest challenging the Department of State’s decision to cancel a solicitation. The question […]
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The $100 Billion Spending Pledge to Minority Businesses: Too Good to Be True?

Schoonover & Moriarity – The new administration has made lots of government contracting news and looks like it will continue to do so. By now you’ve probably read that at the 100th anniversary of the Black Wall Street massacre the president announced that his administration’s goal would be to increase government contracts going to minority-owned […]
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What GSA Schedule Holders Need to Know About GSA’s New Services MAC

Aronson – In light of the runaway success of the General Services Administration (GSA)’s OASIS best-in-class (BIC) contract vehicle for professional services (over $78B in sales and counting), industry has been eagerly awaiting news about a potential follow-on Multiple Award Contract (MAC) when OASIS expires in 2024. Considering how popular OASIS has been, there was […]
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Contractors Are Also Trying to Sort Out that Return-to-Work Guidance from the White House

The head scratcher guidance from the White House last week purported to help agencies plan for people to return to federal offices. That included both federal employees and contractors. For how contractors are reacting, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to the executive vice president for policy at the Professional Services Council, Stephanie Kostro. More […]
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White House Outlines ‘Made in America’ Executive Order Implementation

The White House on Friday released a memo instructing agencies to designate a senior official to spearhead efforts to support domestic manufacturing. More at Government Executive
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Federal Circuit Clarifies Distinction Between Bid Protest and Size Protest; Harmonia Holdings Group, LLC...

COFC decision denying a protest is affirmed. The protester alleged the awardee was unduly reliant on a subcontractor and thus the contracting officer erred...

“’Cause Baby Now We Got Bad Blood, You Know It Used to Be Mad...

Protest challenging agency’s technical and price evaluations is denied. The protester contended its proposal should have been assessed more strengths. GAO, however, found that...