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House Passes Third Major Deregulatory Bill

On Wednesday, the House passed the Regulatory Accountability Act (H.R. 5), which would require rulemaking agencies to choose the lowest cost alternatives, freeze major promulgated rules if challenged in court, remove the judiciary’s “deference” to agency interpretations of statutes, and better factor in the rules’ impacts on small businesses. More at Government Executive
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They Really (Sorta) Mean it This Time: Three Things Private Companies Need to Know...

If your company receives money from the federal government, take note: President Trump signed another “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order on January 31, 2019, that instructs agencies to prioritize purchasing United States goods and services in any infrastructure project—including cybersecurity projects. Here are three steps that private companies selling products or providing services in […]
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Protester Not Entitled to Costs Where Agency Did Not Unduly Delay in Taking Corrective...

Request for reimbursement of protest cost is denied. GAO will award protest costs when the agency unduly delays in taking corrective action in the face of meritorious protest. Here, the agency had taken corrective action before the deadline for the agency report. The protester argued, however, that when considered in light of the entire procurement—which […]
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GAO Upholds Waiver(s) of OCI Allegations

In its recent decision in Concurrent Technologies Corporation, the Government Accountability Office denied a protest alleging the awardee had an organizational conflict of interest arising from its work providing procurement support services to the Department of Defense. Although the Navy contracting officer concluded the awardee did not have an OCI, he also asked the head […]
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Department of Defense Requests Comments on Risks in Supply Chains For Strategic and Critical...

Kelley Drye – The Department of Defense (“DoD”) published in the Federal Register a request for comments on risks in the supply chain for strategic and critical materials. DoD’s request stems from an Executive Order signed in February by President Biden, which directed the DoD and three other federal agencies to closely examine America’s supply […]
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Protester Wages Unsuccessful Assault on Awardee’s Teaming Arrangement; SigNet Technologies, Inc., d/b/a Convergint Federal...

Protest challenging award of blanket purchase agreement is denied. The protester alleged that the awardee’s teaming agreement did not adhere the solicitation’s requirements. The court went through each of the protester’s objections and found that the teaming agreement was compliant. The protester also argued that the awardee lacked certified technicians and thus should not have […]
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Attempted Retraction of Online Bid Unsuccessful Where IFB Terms Clearly Precluded Retraction, and Offeror...

The Court of Federal Claims denied the plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment seeking return of an auction registration fee on the grounds that the agency did not disclose material information about real property being auctioned. The court held the plaintiff did not conduct sufficient due diligence to discover the publicly available information prior to submitting […]
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Agency Inadvertently Conducted Discussions by Asking Offerors If Their Prices Could Go Any Lower;...

Protest challenging the agency’s conduct of discussions is sustained. After receiving proposals, the agency asked offerors if their prices were the best offer they...

VA Simplifies SDVOSB Reverification Process

SmallGovCon – VA’s Center for Verification and Evaluation is the the certifying authority for SDVOSBs or VOSBs. While it can be a source of frustration, the CVE is also a source of knowledge and advice to help businesses get certified and maintain their certification. Recently, CVE has taken steps to make remaining certified easier by […]
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Watchdog Warns on GSA’s Contracting Data Trial

A pilot at the government’s contracting hub isn’t producing the data it promised and threatens pricing transparency, according to the inspector general at the General Services Administration. More at Federal Computer Week
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