Government contractors sometimes have to make a decision to engage in protesting federal government contract awards. This level of litigation can be brought before the contracting agency, the Government Accountability Office, or the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. To help to make the process easier, companies should start the decision… Read more »

Possible relief to named subcontractors in government bids: Under the new SBA regulations, there seems to be some relief to small businesses that are named as subcontractors and teaming partners but are never used on the contract. This seems to be an increasing problem across the United States. In previous… Read more »

By virtue of congressional mandates, and under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the Small Business Administration (SBA) has made recent changes to various rules that regulate small business contracts including those set aside for designated SBA programs and the limitation on subcontracting. The highlights include mention of similarly situated… Read more »

The SBA adopted new rules and revised 13 CFR 126.200(b)(6). HUBZOne small businesses must still comply with the required subcontracting requirements in the performance work statement. In other words, the company must certify in its bid that it will company with the limitation on subcontracting requirements with respect to any… Read more »

Government Fight and Arguments for Why its Solicitation Was Unduly Restrictive of Competition Came too Late. In a recent bid protest filed by Pitney Bowes, Inc., of Washington, DC, the U.S. GAO sustained the protest against Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Pitney Bowes litigated the case on… Read more »

Given the new SBA rules, subcontractors should pay special attention to whether or not they still can be ostensibly affiliated. Although the new affiliation rules relax the possibility of becoming affiliated, Ostensible Subcontractor Rule is still alive and well. the The new rules are not intended for the prime contractor… Read more »

Avoid Costly Mistakes Under the New Joint Venture Rule The new SBA joint venture agreement regulations primarily focus on broadening the exclusion from affiliation for small business size status. See 13 CFR 121.103(h). Specifically, the new rule allows two or more small businesses to joint venture for any procurement without being… Read more »

Many small businesses will be faced with dissecting the most recent SBA Rule governing the Limitation on Subcontracting Rule. Predictably,  much litigation will be based upon whether a small business is similarly situated or not. This will be a new issue that many small businesses across the country should investigate… Read more »

 A common question arises when government contractors file a bid protest that challenges the agency’s past performance evaluation. Can the agency still give the awardee a higher performance rating when its CPAR ratings show that it had an unsatisfactory rating on one of its projects? It depends upon the documentation of… Read more »

Recently, many federal bidders have experienced an adverse contractor responsibility when the agency evaluates their proposal. Challenging the agency’s nonresponsibility determination can be tricky in a bid protest. The core issue of contention occurs when the contracting officer issues a negative determination of responsibility because the proposal was technically unacceptable…. Read more »