Many government contracts are subject to cost accounting standards (“CAS”).  The nineteen CAS standards “govern the allocation of costs among the various contracts being performed by a government contractor.”  While many contracts are subject to CAS, many are not. As a government contractor, it is crucial to know whether your… Read more »

In government contracting, agencies sometimes buy commercial off the shelf items and services (COTS contracts).  Simply put, when the government buys these commercial items or services, there is not much that must change. The exception to this rule is an acquisition of bulk cargo. Procurement of training services, installation, or cloud services… Read more »

Sometimes the government’s solicitation for commercial items substantially differs from customary commercial industry practices.  Companies seeking to bid on federal contracts could struggle with meeting the government’s FAR requirements. This can also create problems for bidders and even lead to a pre-award bid protest. If the federal government procures under… Read more »

IDIQ Task Order Contract – Dealing  With the Government Minimum Payment The United States federal government and its procurement agencies use a variety of  IDIQ contract vehicles to procure services and products. One typical example is the indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity IDIQ contract vehicle. What is an IDIQ Contract?… Read more »

A sealed bid is a procurement method used in the government bid and proposal process to obtain government contracts.  Sealed bidding varies from traditional government proposals; it is important to understand the differences and the nuances that go along with a sealed bid. Sealed Bid Process Sealed bidding is primarily used for… Read more »

Although government contracting can be a lucrative business venture, contract dispute claims resolution with the government can sometimes be daunting and stressful. Oftentimes, businesses believe that they are doing ‘the right thing’ when the Contracting Office Representative orders them to perform extra work. Businesses may also believe that agencies will… Read more »

Government Construction Scope of Work Changes & Change Order

In government construction contracting, a general contractor often litigates contract disputes about construction scope of work changes but often finds after thousands in litigation costs, that it has either failed to follow FAR procedure or took a sub standard technical approach to getting paid.  For large federal projects, the risk of… Read more »

There is a lot of confusion among small businesses when to apply SDVOSB sole source and VA Rule of Two rules. As a result, there are many bid protests filed on this matter. Sole Source Contracts Generally, an agency contracting officer can award award an SDVOSB sole source contract if: If the requirement… Read more »

Under the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) “fixed-price government contracts with an economic price adjustment clause provides for upward and downward revisions of the stated contract price upon the occurrence of specified contingencies.” This is covered in FAR Part 16.203-1(a).  To establish a case or bid protest challenging the agency’s improper use of… Read more »

In the past four years, ITAR certification requirements and ITAR compliance violations are becoming more commonplace in the news and headlines.  Did you know that in 2013 courts have decided that to be criminally convicted for export compliance violations, you only have to general knowledge on the illegality of the… Read more »