Tips for Agency Past Performance Evaluation Assessments

 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 »

Contractor Responsibility Determination

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 »

Buy American Made Exemptions

When submitting a government bid, companies may incorrectly guess that they do not have to comply with the Buy American Act because their products meet the exemption requirements. However, that guess could end up being a costly mistake causing your company to lose the contract in a bid protest. Buy… Read more »

SBA HUBZone Requirements Employee

Contractors can sometimes make mistakes when calculating the SBA’s 35% HUBZone employee requirements when bidding for government contracts.  13 CFR 126.601 governs the employee residency requirements for certified companies. Failure to comply with the rule can cause companies to lose out on millions in government contract awards. Do not take… Read more »

Are You ITAR Compliant and EAR Compliant?

What Are International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)? ITAR compliance means that your company is well aware of the various requirements set forth in International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).  Companies in the import export business, including manufacturers, companies involved with technical data and the like must have an internal… Read more »