Understand the Basics of Agency Obligations When a government agency conducts discussions in a negotiated procurement, such discussions  must be meaningful. The Agency must  identify deficiencies and significant weaknesses in your proposal that could reasonably be addressed to materially enhance the your potential for receiving award. The Agency is not required… Read more »

What is a Small Business Subcontracting Plan FAR 19.7

Government bids have increased the requirement to submit small business subcontracting plans under FAR 19.7 and FAR 52.219. There is a huge concern as to why small businesses should still have to submit such plans. Some agencies have chosen to name the requirement as “small business participation plan” since subcontracting… Read more »

Mistakes Made By Large Businesses  When deciding how to write a government proposal, large businesses are required to pass on work to smaller businesses. This need is usually set out in the solicitation by requiring a small business subcontracting plan. Typically, large businesses may simply submit a subcontracting plan that does… Read more »

WASHINGTON, DC — On, March 25, 2008, the Government Accountability Office sustained a Fedcar Company, Ltd’s. protest of the award of a lease contract to Duke Realty Limited Partnership by the General Services Administration (GSA) under solicitation for offers (SFO) No. GS-05B-18064, for the construction and lease of a dedicated… Read more »

Many commercial businesses are revisiting business initiatives to generate more revenues. When it comes to learning how to get Federal Government contracts, some companies have thought about doing business with the federal government but dismiss the idea simply because they have no government contract training, have heard horror stories about federal… Read more »

Understanding the Basics of Equitable Adjustment Can Save Substantial Amounts in Unnecessary Litigation The changes clause under government contracts allows you to submit a Request for Equitable Adjustment (REA)  when there are scope changes, delays and other unforeseeable circumstances. Adjustments can be either upwards or downwards; Proof of claims falls… Read more »

As a general rule, the contracting officer can terminate a federal contract for convenience of the government.  Termination for convenience  of the government usually occurs when mission requirements change, lack of funding as other ‘legitimate’ reasons. Contractors usually are entitled to some form of statutory damages. However, there are situations when terminating the contract can be… Read more »

When it comes to getting service disabled veteran owned SDVOSB small business contracts, the Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-50) established an annual government-wide goal of not less than 3% of the total value of all prime contract and subcontract awards for participation by small business… Read more »