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Comments on FAR Case 2015-015 Regarding the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative - FSSI

Dear Ms. Flowers: We are writing to submit comments on the above-referenced notice of proposed rulemaking, issued on June 20, 2016, 81 Fed. Reg. 39,883. Our firm represents small business federal contractors. We submit...more

Elevating Form Over Substance: OCI Waiver Challenges at GAO

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has exhibited little interest in evaluating the basis for agency decisions to waive organizational conflicts of interest (OCI). Where protesters have challenged agency waiver...more

New Medicare Enrollment Requirements for MA Providers

In Depth - The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 7, 2016, (the Proposed Rule) requires certain providers and suppliers furnishing health...more

Price Reductions Are Dead; Long Live Price Reductions

You no doubt have heard by now about GSA’s 23 June effort to “embrace modern technology while moving away from outmoded practices” – specifically, its implementation of the new Transactional Data Reporting Rule (“TDR Rule”)...more

What GSA Can Learn from the National Parks Service

Note: The following post is adapted from the forthcoming 2016/2017 GSA Schedule Handbook, published by ThompsonWest, due out later this year. Any way you look at it, 2016 will be an interesting year. You may have heard...more

GSA Eases Compliance Burden for Contractors With Federal Supply Schedules

The General Services Administration (GSA) recently issued a Final Rule as part of its long-term aim to modernize reporting for cost and price data related to government-wide contracts, such as Federal Supply Schedules. Under...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - June 2016 #4

SENATE TESTIMONY - Jon Williams Testifies in Kingdomware Senate Committee Hearing On June 23, Jon Williams, Partner in the PilieroMazza Government Contracts Group, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small...more

GSA Publishes Highly Anticipated Transactional Data Reporting Final Rule

GSA’s final transactional data rule fundamentally alters the basis for negotiation and pricing of commercial items on Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contracts and subsequent orders, with immediate impact on some of the largest...more

Supreme Court Finds The Department of Veterans Affairs Violated Procurement Law – Are There Broader Implications for Government...

On June 16, 2016 the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) issued its much anticipated decision in the Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States case (“Kingdomware”). One of two important cases, both decided on...more

Federal Healthcare Contractors Must Comply With Basic Information Security Safeguards

In light of the uncertainty generated in the healthcare industry by recent decisions of the OFCCP regarding which entities qualify as federal contractors and subcontractors, this article explains which types of healthcare...more

DoD, GSA, NASA: New Contract Proposal Registration Rule

Friday morning, May 20, 2016, the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and NASA issued a proposed rule to clarify that prospective government contractors must register with the System for Award...more

GSA Issues Notice Concerning Trade Agreements Act and “Made in America” Compliance

On May 5, 2016—without advance warning—thousands of U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contract holders received a notice requiring them to verify—within one week—the country of origin...more

"MADE IN AMERICA" : GSA Stepping Up Trade Agreements Act Compliance Enforcement

Government Contractors should be aware that the General Services Administration ("GSA") is taking a more aggressive approach to policing Contractor compliance with the Trade Agreements Act ("TAA") among GSA Schedule contract...more

It’s Arrived! FAR Final Rule Addressing “Basic Safeguarding of Contractor Information Systems”

After nearly four years of planning and comments, DoD, GSA, and NASA issued a final rule today amending the Federal Acquisition Regulations (“FAR”) with a new Subpart 4-19 and a new contract clause 52.204-21 addressing the...more

White House Announces ConnectALL Initiative to Spur Broadband Deployment and Adoption

The Administration continues to drive efforts to spur broadband deployment across the country and to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable broadband service. Yesterday afternoon, President Obama announced...more

Schumer Alleges False “Made in America” Representations on GSA Website: False Claims Act Inquiry to Follow?

Sen. Charles Schumer recently alleged, in a letter to the General Services Administration (GSA), and in an associated press release, that the U.S.Government’s policy of purchasing American-made products is being thwarted by...more

Government Contracts Quarterly Update February 2016

The Government Contracts Quarterly Update is published by BakerHostetler’s Government Contracts Practice team to inform our clients and friends of the latest developments in federal government contracting. In This Issue...more

Understanding the Scope of Federal Supply Schedule Labor Category Descriptions: Risks and Opportunities Presented by the GAO’s...

In a Federal Supply Schedule (“FSS”) procurement conducted under FAR Subpart 8.4, all items quoted and ordered by the agency are required to be available on the vendor’s schedule contract as a precondition to its receiving...more

New GSA Global RLP and Lease Forms Hit the Streets

In September 2015, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) issued Lease Acquisition Circular (LAC) 2015-06, which required GSA's Lease Contracting Officers (LCOs) to cease the use of earlier Request for Lease Proposal...more

No Excuses for Untimely Proposal Submissions - Even if it's Not Your Fault

We recently wrote about issues bidders have faced with submitting proposals via FedConnect that have led to GAO concluding the bidders’ proposals were untimely. In line with these decisions, GAO has again demonstrated its...more

Lessons from the DOD Procurement Management Review Program Annual Newsletter

he Department of Defense Procurement Management Review Team is tasked with analyzing and assisting the effectiveness of the DOD’s procurement and contracting function. The PMR team recently released its second annual...more

DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Interim Rule on WOSB Sole Source Authority

Effective December 31, 2015, DoD, GSA, and NASA have issued an interim rule amending the FAR to implement regulatory changes made by the SBA that provide for EDWOSB/WOSB sole source authority. Implementation of these sole...more

Court Decision Carves Out Broad Right to Injunctive Relief for Protesters of GSA Lease Awards

In 2014, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) sought to consolidate the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) multiple Northern Virginia offices into one campus. As this process would require a lease award...more

U.S. General Services Administration Settles Suit Alleging Inaccessibility of Its Website for Contractors

Oh, the irony. Our federal government is filing lawsuits against private businesses and universities for having allegedly inaccessible websites and mobile apps when its own agencies have inaccessible websites. In April...more

Governor Signs Amendments to SGMA, with Provisions for Water Utilities Regulated by CPUC

In the last two months, Governor Brown has signed several bills into law, amending the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA or the Act). Two bills, Assembly Bill 1390 and Senate Bill 226, addressed the specifics...more

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