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Poorly Written Proposal Dooms Chance for Award, Protest; GAO B-415716.19, Dfuse Technologies Inc.

Protest challenging the agency’s technical evaluation is denied, where the protester failed to fully demonstrate its experience in various technical areas, as required by the solicitation. Dfuse Technologies Ltd. protested the Air Force’s exclusion of its proposal from a competition for IT services, challenging the evaluation of its technical experience. The agency eliminated Dfuse’s proposal […]
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Use of Virtual Office Doesn’t Convince OHA Service-Disabled Vet Controls Firm from 1600 Miles...

Appeal of the VA CVE’s denial of an application for inclusion in the VIP database is denied, where the appellant failed to demonstrate that a service-disabled veteran controlled the firm, or that the former owner, now a minority owner, did not control the firm. OHA found the appellant inconsistently defined the nature of the service-disabled […]
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GAO Declines to Reconsider Protest Dismissed After Protester Failed to Meet Extended Deadline for...

Request that GAO reconsider its dismissal of a protest is denied, where the protester did not timely file its comments on the agency report, even after GAO extended the deadline by a day to account for the protester’s difficulty downloading the agency report from GAO’s docketing system. US21 Inc. asked GAO to reconsider its decision […]
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International Traffic in Arms Regulations: Transfers Made by or for a Department or Agency...

The Department of State issued a final rule to amend the International Traffic in Arms Regulations to revise the licensing exemption for transfers made by or for an agency of the U.S. Government. This final rule revises ITAR § 126.4 to clarify when exports, reexports, retransfers, temporary imports, and performance of a defense service (collectively described […]
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Perspecta Protests DoD’s $7.8B Cloud Contract Award

The Defense Department’s $12.4 billion contract for email and collaboration in the cloud hit its first road bump. Perspecta Enterprise Solutions filed a protest on Sept. 9 with the Government Accountability Office over the Aug. 29 award to CSRA/General Dynamics IT for the Defense Enterprise Office Solutions (DEOS) program. More at Federal News Network
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Department of Defense Raises Threshold for Certain Sole Source 8(a) Contracts

Taft Law – The Department of Defense (DoD) is amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to increase the threshold for requiring a justification and approval (J&A) before awarding an 8(a) sole source contract. The current threshold is $22 million and it is being increased to $100 million. This threshold change applies only to […]
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Trick or Treat: DCMA Poised to Take on New Role in “Helping” to Resolve...

Crowell & Moring - On September 30, the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment issued a memorandum titled “Delegation of...

Number of Positive CPARS Ratings Not a Factor in Past Performance Rating; GAO B-415987,...

Protest challenging the agency’s evaluation of proposals under the past performance and technical factors is denied, where the agency reasonably considered adverse information about the awardee’s past performance in addition to significant positive information and where the agency was not required to give the protester’s past performance a higher rating merely because it had more […]
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Federal Contractors May Be Able to Recover Costs Caused by the Government Shutdown

The current government shutdown is now the longest in U.S. history, and many federal contractors are incurring costs as a result of shutdown-related work stoppages and delays. Luckily, many federal contracts contain clauses that provide a potential avenue for recovery of such costs. Further, there are practical steps that contractors can take to increase their […]
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GSA Nominee Wants Competition at the Task Order Level

Emily Murphy, the nominee to be the next administrator of the General Services Administration, faced few tough questions during her confirmation hearing, but did provide some insight into her ideas about the near-term future for government procurement. “Competition and reducing waste, and increasing transparency were two of the four things I’m really hoping to work […]
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