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Coronavirus Has Boosted Federal Contract Spending

The pandemic has damaged the economy. No question about it. But it’s also stimulated record levels of federal contract spending. For just how high and where the money has gone, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to Bloomberg Government senior defense analyst Rob Levinson. More at Federal News Network
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Court Clarifies Timeline in JEDI Case

The Pentagon’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud computing contract—won by Microsoft and legally challenged by Amazon Web Services—will be tied up in court for at least the next few months. More at NextGov
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Proposed FAR Rule: Revision of Definition of ‘‘Commercial Item’’

The FAR Council is proposing to amend the FAR definition of “commercial item” to implement section 836 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 (Pub. L. 115–232). This section separates the definition of “commercial item” at 41 U.S.C. 103 into the definitions of “commercial product” and “commercial […]
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Offeror Not Entitled to Strengths for Aspects of Proposal that Merely Constitute Self-Promotion; MicroTechnologies,...

Protest challenging agency’s technical evaluation is denied. The protester objected to a significant weakness it received for inconsistencies between it staffing matrix and labor...

Claim Seeking Return of Non-Conforming Items Lacked Sum Certain, Failed to State Valid Claim;...

Government’s motion to dismiss contractor’s appeal of a denied claim is granted. The contractor had emailed the agency seeking the return of non-conforming good....

ASBCA Broadens Scope of Acceptable CDA Certification Signatures

Blank Rome – In 1901, in rural County Galway, Ireland, my Irish-speaking great-grandparents made their mark (“+”) on the decennial census taken that year. Whether they did so from a lack of literacy, or simply resented the census taker, I will never know. Whatever their reasons, my great-grandparents’ marks were accepted by the (then) British […]
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WOSB Certification Required Beginning October 15 – Are You Ready?

PilieroMazza – As a reminder, beginning on October 15, 2020, all women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) and economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs) pursuing WOSB/EDWOSB set-asides, as well as solicitations with pools reserved for WOSBs/EDWOSBs, must be certified as a WOSB/EDWOSB, either by SBA or a third-party certifier.  The application for certification by SBA is free […]
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Despite Industry Concern and Questionable Legality, DOL Moves Forward with Efforts to Implement Racial...

Venable – Since our first article reporting on Executive Order 13950, Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping (EO 13950 or the EO), there have been several key developments. First, the hotline for reporting violations of the EO is now open. Second, the Department of Labor, through the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), issued its […]
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DISA Sends Message to Large Companies: Meet Small Business Goals or Risk Getting Off-Ramped

There’s always a lot of talk about how important small businesses are to federal contracting. Every administration loves to tell us how small businesses are the “engine that runs the economy.” Yet, the governmentwide small business contracting goal has been at 23% since 1997 despite federal procurement spending hitting $594 billion in fiscal 2019. While […]
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Lawsuit Upends $4B DHS Software Buy

A $4 billion push to unify the disparate financial management systems at the Department of Homeland Security is stalled by a legal challenge from a vendor, putting at risk the latest in a long line of efforts to consolidate technology at the agency. More at Federal Computer Week
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