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Labor Dept. Offering Sessions for Federal Contractor Minimum Wage Increase

The Labor Department will offer virtual seminars throughout August to prepare for federal contract minimum wage increases. The seminars will include video training on the Davis-Beacon Act and Service Contract Act, as well as question-and-answer sessions. It’s in response to President Joe Biden’s executive order in April mandating a $15 an hour minimum wage for […]
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The Story of How One Small Business Is Barely Hanging on to Its Hopes...

The $50 billion IT services and software procurement known as CIO-SP4 reached new lows on July 19 with the National Institutes of Health IT Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) release of amendment seven. Not only did the changes throw bidders into a new frenzy, but continued modifications to the rules to the small business teaming […]
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Sole-Source Award Was Warranted, But Court Finds that Duration of Sole-Contract Was Too Long;...

Protest challenging a sole-source award is granted. The Air Force awarded a sole-contract to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation for the development of helicopters. The Air...

Agency Provided Contractor with Ambiguous Drawings and Now Has to Pay the Price; Hamilton...

Appeal of denied contractor claim is granted. The contractor built a concrete pad with a slope. The agency told the contractor to demolish the pad and rebuild it without a slope. The contractor sought the cost for demolishing and rebuilding the pad as a constructive change. The board found that the contractor was entitled to […]
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Alleged Ambiguity in Solicitation Should Have Been Raised before Proposal Deadline; Sterling Medical Associates,...

Protest alleging solicitation ambiguity is dismissed as untimely. The protester alleged that accreditation requirement in the solicitation was ambiguous. GAO found that to the extent the solicitation was unclear, the ambiguity was obvious from the face of the solicitation. Thus, the protester should have challenged the terms of the solicitation before the proposal deadline. Its […]
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Challenge to Best Value Determination Withers Under GAO Scrutiny; Tuba Group, GAO B-419733

Protest challenging best value determination is denied. The protester alleged the source selection decision focused too much on price turning what should have been a best value determination into a lowest-price, technically acceptable shootout. GAO disagreed. The solicitation stated that non-price factors were equal to price. Here, multiple vendors submitted high quality quotations. Thus, the […]
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OHA: Ya’ Gotta File a Size Protest before Filings a Size Appeal; Size Appeal...

Size appeal is dismissed as premature. The protester filed a size appeal before seeking a size determination. OHA lacks jurisdiction to consider a size determination until a size determination has been issued. Caldaia Controls, LLC filed a size appeal with SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals. The appeal sated that it was appealing the award […]
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Thinking Outside the Box: Last Call for Input Regarding DoD’s Evaluation and Valuation of...

Holland & Knight – Late last year we reported on new intellectual property (IP) rules proposed by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) affecting the valuation and evaluation of IP rights in Government solicitations and contracts. Now, the DoD wants to hear from you. The DoD issued a Federal Register Notice, “Request for Information Related to IP […]
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CIO-SP4 Amendment 8 – NIH Puts Small Businesses Behind the 8-ball

Koprince Law – CIO-SP4 Amendment 7, we barely knew you. Less than a week after Amendment 7 went live, we have another amendment to dig into. What is new in this amendment? We have major changes to Other Than Small Business (OTSB) and Emerging Large Business (ELB) certifications. For small businesses, NIH is digging in […]
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Lockheed’s CEO Wants His Company to Connect All the Pentagon’s Weapons

The Pentagon should start electronically connecting its most important weapons first as it builds a broader strategy to link everything on the battlefield, the head of the world’s largest defense contractor says. More at Defense One  
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