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Weekly Update Newsletter - July 2017 #2

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FEDERAL AGENCIES - “VA Veteran-Owned Small Business Verification Guidelines.” Federal Register, July 12, 2017. Retrieved from federalregister.gov. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a final rule in the...more

Administrative Law Judge Winnows OFCCP’s Data Request

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On July 14, 2017, an administrative law judge issued a 43-page set of recommendations and order (“Order”) on the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (“OFCCP”) data requests issued to Google, significantly...more

Russia Concerns Negatively Impact GSA Schedule Contractors

There is no shortage of news these days involving Russia. You would think that U.S. government contracting would be immune from these considerations. You’d be wrong. That’s because on July 11 2017, the Government removed...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - July 2017

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CAPITOL HILL - “Assessment and Enforcement of Domestic Preferences In Accordance with Buy American Laws.” June 30, 2017. Retrieved from whitehouse.gov. The Office of Management and Budget and Department of Commerce...more

Department of Defense and Federal Energy Procurement Programs Remain Attractive

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The Trump Administration promotes an "all of the above" energy strategy, but many of the Administration's actions to date seem to favor coal and fossil fuels at the expense of clean and innovative energy solutions. Although...more

One Size Does Not Fit All: Hidden Size Certification Issues for 8(a) Contractors With Multiple Award Contracts

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Savvy small business contractors holding Multiple Award Contracts (“MAC”) know that the small business size representations that they make at the outset of contract award will typically last the “life” of the contract, absent...more

Change Is Upon Us: An Analysis of the Section 801 COTS Provisions of the 2018 NDAA

In the words of Taylor Swift, “This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.” While I suspect Ms. Swift was not writing about Section 801 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 when she tweeted this...more

House Proposes Broader Application of “VA Rule of Two” to Close Kingdomware Loophole

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On June 6, 2017, a bipartisan pair of lawmakers introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 2781, known as the Ensuring Veteran Enterprise Participation in Strategic Sourcing Act (“Bill”), which, if passed,...more

Removal Of Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces Rule Imminent: GSA Issues Interim Memorandum

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Rulemaking is underway to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to remove the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule, the General Services Administration has said in guidance to federal agencies instructing them not...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - June 2017 #2

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING - “GSA Adds Hundreds of Small Businesses to the 8(a) STARS II GWAC Contract.”GSA Press Release, June 15, 2017. Retrieved from gsa.gov. The GSA 8(a) STARS II Governmentwide Acquisition Contract...more

LOOK OUT VA, Is The Kingdomware Loop Hole About To End?

If you have followed our blog and client alerts, recall that last year the Supreme Court rendered a unanimous decision relating to Kingdomware Technologies, in which the VA was found to have violated laws intended to require...more

Thornberry Acquisition Reform Bill Contemplates DoD’s Use of Online Marketplaces to Purchase COTS Products

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Imagine if a DoD agency could purchase commercial-off-the-shelf products of any value simply by placing an order at an Amazon-like website – no need for solicitations, quotes, evaluation, or detailed price analysis and...more

GSA Seeks Input On Repeal, Replacement, and Modification of Policies and Regulations

On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the GSA issued a request for comments seeking “input on acquisition regulations, policies, standards, business practices and guidance issued by GSA across all of its acquisition, disposal, and sales...more

House Armed Services Committee Takes Aim at GSA with Proposed Legislation

On May 18, 2017, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry introduced H.R. 2511, titled “The Defense Acquisition Streamlining and Transparency Act.” The bill drastically would change how commercial off-the-shelf...more

Privacy Training Requirements for Federal Contractors

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Under a final rule issued by the Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), effective January 19, 2017, federal government contractors must...more

FAR 52.204-21 And The Future Of Federal Cybersecurity Enforcement

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Earlier this month, we had the pleasure of opening the 2017 Associated General Contractors of America Federal Contractor Conference in Washington, DC with a presentation focused on the emerging issue of Cybersecurity in...more

April Showers Bring Mass Mods: New GSA Schedule Refresh and Mass Modification

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Later this month, the GSA will issue a refresh to all GSA Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) to incorporate new provisions and clause updates. Even if you are already a GSA Schedule holder, keep reading – a bilateral modification...more

General Services Administration Professional Services Schedule Holders May Soon Have to Lower Prices and Face Post-Award Audits

If you’ve been following the GSA for the last few years then you know the agency has been committed to reforming its Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program. This reform included combining seven professional services schedules...more

GAO Declines to Apply GAO Civilian Task and Delivery Order Protest Authority Act Retroactively to Lapse in Jurisdiction

In two recent opinions, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) has declined to reconsider protests it dismissed during the recent lapse in its jurisdiction over protests of civilian agency task and delivery orders...more

Agency First! – CBCA Refuses Jurisdiction over Contractor’s Challenge of Wage Rate Adjustments Despite Final Decision from...

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On March 31, 2017, the United States Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) dismissed a contractor’s claims against the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for a lack of jurisdiction, stating that the contractor should...more

GSA IG Questions Pricing Evaluation of Professional Services Schedules

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GSA is reevaluating price reasonableness for all new consolidated PSS schedules, which may result in requests for price reductions or even post-award audits for some contractors....more

February 2017 Protest Roundup

In February 2017, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released notable decisions addressing (1) the effect of the temporary lapse in GAO’s civilian task order jurisdiction; (2) discussions, clarifications, and...more

Think Your Real Estate Doesn’t Involve National Security? If You Lease to the Federal Government, Think Again.

There’s been a lot going on in the news cycle so you may have missed a recent Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) Report recommending that the General Services Administration inform tenant agencies when GSA leases...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - February 2017 #3

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Procedural Rules and Regulations - The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) amended its procedural rules and regulations to (1) reflect modern technology, such as E-Filing, and eliminate...more

Transactional Data Reporting: Brave New World

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As part of its Category Management initiative, the U.S. General Services Administration (“GSA”) has piloted the Transactional Data Reporting rule (“TDR”), which is meant to provide a greater degree of transparency into the...more

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