Understanding Federal Cost Reimbursement Contract Types

Federal government contract types come in various forms. One of the most complex types is the cost-reimbursement contract. Federal courts have imposed False Claims Act liability for underbidding in cost-reimbursable contracts. United States ex rel. Loughren v. Unum Group, 613 F.3d 300, 310 (1st Cir. 2010). This kind of arrangement is somewhat… Read more »

Go Green Products and Federal Government Contract Purchasing

Green procurement policy is a government contracting initiative that goes undetected by many small businesses and large contractors. There are several federal “green procurement” programs that encourage green purchasing. There are several federal “go green procurement” programs that encourage green purchasing. They include: the Green Procurement Program (GPP)Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP),… Read more »

Understanding The Government’s Best Value Source Selection Process

Avoid the deadliest mistakes when submitting best value bids to the government. One of the most important pieces of information when developing a government RFP response is to understand how the federal government uses the best value source selection and RFP process to decide who wins the contract. Contractors bidding… Read more »

ITAR Violation, ITAR Criminal Penalties & ITAR Fines

Companies that become subject to ITAR certification compliance violations and export administration regulations can face stiff penalties. Under the ECCN and Arms Export Control Act  (22 USC 2778 and 2779), you can become subject to criminal penalties and ITAR fines if you willfully violate any provision of §38 or §39… Read more »

Tips for Government RFP Responses

When it comes to government contracting,  an RFP response requires the bidder to carefully review the solicitation requirements and respond to each and every aspect of the proposal requirements. Bidders usually find that the source selection board will reduce technical evaluation scores and assign weakness for failure to comply. RFP responses… Read more »

Government Procurement Fraud Investigations

Agencies continue to increase oversight with procurement fraud investigation crimes against contracting agencies. A federal government contractor in Alexandria, Virginia  was sentenced to 16 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and major government fraud.  There is a substantial increase in… Read more »