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Air Force Secretary Wants to Boost Work with Traditional Defense Industry

The secretary of the Air Force wants to increase his department’s efforts to acquire emerging technologies from the traditional defense industry, not just Silicon Valley, as other leaders have focused on. More at FedScoop
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House Passes Shutdown and Default-Averting Package That Now Faces Uphill Battle in Senate

The measure’s passage appears unlikely to do much to avoid a shutdown at the end of the month. More at Government Executive
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Microsoft Takes Further Action Over NSA Cloud Contract

Microsoft filed a supplemental protest with the Government Accountability Office Sept. 2 over a National Security Agency cloud contract worth up to $10 billion that the intelligence agency instead awarded to Amazon Web Services. More at Nextgov
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COFC Rejects Challenge to Price Evaluation, Protester Wanted a More Nuanced Analysis than Solicitation...

Protest challenging agency’s price evaluation is denied. The solicitation sought air tankers to fight wildfires. The agency rejected the protester’s proposal because its overall...

Protester Misinterpreted Solicitation’s Cap on Employee Compensation; AIMS Locum Tenens, LLC, GAO B-419723

Protest challenging the rejection of the protester’s proposal is denied. The agency found the protester’s proposal unacceptable because its compensation rates exceeded the cap prescribed by the RFP. The protester argued that the agency should not have considered fringe benefits as part of the proposed compensation. GAO rejected this argument reasoning that the solicitation had […]
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Protester Alleges Agency Flubbed Evaluation, But GAO’s Not Feeling It; Odin Construction Solutions, Inc.,...

Protest challenging evaluation of proposals is denied. The protester claimed the agency unequally evaluated proposals, but GAO found the different ratings were warranted. The protester objected to the past performance evaluation, yet GAO determined the agency appropriately assessed the protester’s performance record. The protester complained the agency had not explained why it was paying a […]
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GSA Finally Seeks to Formalize a Rule That FSS Contractors Can Perform on FSS...

Venable – On August 31, 2021, the General Services Administration (GSA) issued a proposed rule to amend the GSA Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to incorporate an internal GSA policy of extending Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) orders for five years beyond the term of an FSS contract. Comments on the proposed rule are due by November 1, […]
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GSA and the VA Update COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements, Timelines and Testing Rules (Update)

Holland & Knight – Government requirements for vaccination, masking and testing are in constant flux. On Sept. 9, 2021, President Joe Biden released a number of new vaccine mandates, one of which targets federal contractors. Landlords and lessors to the government are federal contractors, so these mandates will apply to all employees and subcontractors – […]
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Government Contractor Employees To Be Subject To Mandatory Vaccine Requirements

Proskauer – On September 9, 2021, the Biden Administration announced a host of vaccine-related initiatives. One of those initiatives is an Executive Order which requires contractors to implement the guidance to be published by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (the “Task Force”) in “any workplace locations (as specified by the Task Force Guidance) in which […]
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President Biden Issues Unprecedented COVID-19 Requirements for Private Employers and Government Contractors on National...

PilieroMazza – On September 9, 2021, the Biden Administration announced sweeping updates to its national strategy to combat COVID-19. The updates come less than a month after the Food and Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and as the country continues to experience a rise in COVID-19 cases. The plan still leaves a number […]
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