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GSA Ups Spending Limit for STARS Governmentwide Contract to $22B

The 8(a) Streamlined Technology Application Resource for Services II governmentwide contract, which offers a variety of IT solutions to federal agencies, is getting a significant increase in ceiling. More at NextGov
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Pandemic Oversight Committee Launches Contract Spending Tracker

The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee on Tuesday launched an online tool to track the federal government’s contract spending. More at Government Executive
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Despite Agency’s Provocative Metaphysical Distinction Between a Contractor-Subcontractor Relationship and the Bond Between Subsidiaries,...

Protest challenging the terms of a solicitation for a task order is sustained. The solicitation required that the prime contractor be an Independent Public...

“I’m Kind of a Big Deal . . . I Have Many Leather-Bound Books...

Protest challenging the agency’s evaluation under various non-price factors is denied. The protester argued that it should have received significant strengths for its technical...

New 8(a) BD Program Requirements Effective July 15, 2020

By Aron C. Beezley & Sarah Sutton Osborne of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings As we noted previously, the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) final rule updating the qualification requirements for the 8(a) Business Development (BD) Program will go into effect on July 15, 2020. Importantly, for individuals considering the 8(a) BD Program, the final rule will increase […]
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Does CAS Make Sense?

Crowell & Moring – Partner Nicole Owren-Wiest appeared on an episode of Baker Tilly’s Fed Talks podcast to discuss Cost Accounting Standards. The episode addresses questions about the background and theory behind CAS, whether CAS successfully establishes the original mission of the CAS Board, and what contractors can do to ensure success when they make […]
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Small Business Avoids Ostensible Subcontractor Affiliation Despite Hiring 100% Of Incumbent Personnel

Rogers Joseph O’Donnell – When a government service contract transitions from one firm to another, it is common practice for the new contractor to hire employees from the incumbent.  In contracts set aside for small business, this practice can create an affiliation between the two firms under the so-called “ostensible subcontractor” rule if the small […]
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Billions in Covid-19 Federal Contract Awards Not Facing Protests

Billions of dollars in awards for federal contracts aimed at combating Covid-19 aren’t being protested by losing bidders in court or before the agency...

Defense Authorization Act Clears Key Subcommittee in the House  

Text of the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act passed unopposed through the House Armed Services’ panel on intelligence and emerging threats and capabilities with no mention of the need for a national cybersecurity coordinator. More at NextGov
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You’re Not my Huckleberry: Agency Appropriately Rejected Proposal Due to Key Person’s Lack of...

Protest challenging agency’s evaluation of proposed key personnel is denied. The agency found the protester’s proposal deficient because its proposed maintenance supervisor lacked hand-on...