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‘Really Big Deal’ As Army Awards Bradley Replacement Contracts: OFMV

The Army, hopeful it has put aside two decades of wasted development efforts, took the large step Friday evening of awarding contracts worth $299.4 million to five companies for the second phase of the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, the overdue replacement for the venerable Bradley Fighting Vehicle. More at Breaking Defense
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HASC Task Force: Six Ways To Limit DoD’s Dependence On Chinese Parts

This year’s National Defense Authorization Act policy bill is almost certain to include amendments forcing the Defense Department to improve its understanding of who sells what parts and equipment to the United States military, with the broad aim of reducing dependence on Chinese sources. More at Breaking Defense
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Agency Not Required to Explain Why It Found Aspects of Proposal Merely Adequate; Logistics...

Protest challenging agency’s evaluation and the conduct of discussions in a procurement for healthcare services is denied. The protester argued the agency failed to...

Just Because the Agency Selected the Lowest-Priced Proposal Doesn’t Mean It Conducted an LPTA...

Protest objecting to agency’s evaluation and source selection decision is denied. The protester argued that it should have received more strengths and higher adjectival ratings. GAO found that these arguments amounted to disagreement with the agency’s evaluation conclusions. The protester challenged the source selection decision, arguing that the agency had turned a best-value determination into […]
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Protest Challenged Awardee’s SDVOSB Status, But the Contract Was Not Set Aside for SDVOSBs;...

Protest challenging the SDVOSB status of the awardee is dismissed. The bulk of the protest challenged the conduct of the procurement, not the SDVOSB status of the awardee. More importantly, the contract was not set aside for SDVOSBs, so the awardee’s status was beside the point. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that Esterhill Boat […]
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Contract Workers Protest Employment Changes at the Census Bureau

Custodial staff working at the U.S. Census Bureau headquarters in Suitland, Maryland, held a protest outside the building July 15 to speak out against what they’re calling unfair labor practices undertaken by the contractor that manages their employment. More at Federal Times
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Dual-Use Ventures & Intellectual Property: SBIR Data Rights, Patents, and Deals

Rothwell Figg – Dual-use ventures—startups that intend to sell both commercially and to the Department of Defense (DoD)—enjoy many advantages. You have a strong opportunity to secure millions of dollars of non-dilutive R&D funding through the SBIR program. With the right product, pitch, and networking, you can transition your SBIR success to large DoD production […]
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OMB Issues Memorandum on Buy American/Buy America Waivers

Peckar & Abramson – The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently issued a memorandum that provides guidance to federal agencies on Buy American/Buy America waiver requests. The memorandum comes after President Biden signed Executive Order 14005 on January 25, 2021. The Executive Order, Ensuring the Future is Made in All of America by All […]
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CIO-SP4 Amendment 7 – Major Changes to Small Business Teaming Arrangements

Koprince Law – CIO-SP4 proposals are now due August 3, 2021. Currently, seven bid protests have been filed with GAO. These amendments are now coming fast and furious. Amendment 6 went live on July 9, 2021, and 10 days later we have another new amendment. Below are some of the key changes in Amendment 7. Overall, […]
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Senate NDAA Pushes for More Domestic Production, Increased Cyber Authorities

The Senate Armed Services Committee passed its version of the 2022 defense authorization bill, calling for more cyber authorities, tech-favoring acquisition policies, and domestic production of critical materials. More at Federal Computer Week
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