8a Set Aside Contracting Versus HUBZone Contracts

There is still great confusion between small businesses about 8a sole source and 8a set aside contracts versus HUBZone contracts set-aside requirements. 8a set asides are a powerful tool for agencies to achieve small business and small disadvantaged business contracting goals. When challenging the agency’s decision, contractors should beware of the rules of engagement…. Read more »

Writing a Proposal for Government Contract Bids

Writing a Proposal for a Government Contract Bid is a very competitive process. Federal agencies want to find a contractor that poses the least amount of risk of non-performance while still getting fair and reasonable pricing. When companies fail to grasp the bid proposal process, and how agencies evaluate each proposal,… Read more »

Responding to a Government RFP

Understanding the government RFP process can be confusing, stressful and tricky. Because the government solicits responses from various types of RFP’s, bidders should keep certain things in mind: Each government RFP needs a response that solves the agency’s problem. Responding to a government RFP requires a showing that your company poses the least… Read more »

Subcontractor Evaluation Criteria & FAR Past Performance Evaluations

When agencies evaluate your proposal’s past performance, it must properly consider the Subcontractor Past Performance of your named teaming partners or subcontractors.  The government uses contractor performance evaluation to establish a level of confidence when determining the best value. The government will look at the offeror’s success on performing recent and… Read more »

Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business SDVOSB Fraud

In service disabled veteran-owned fraud cases, and as a result of Public Law 109-461, the VA is authorized to award SDVOSB sole source contracts and/or set aside contracts for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB). From 01/01/2008 to 09/30/2014, the VA OIG Office of Investigations indicted 44 individuals/companies; arrested 40 individuals;… Read more »

Federal Government Mail and Wire Fraud Penalties

Defending Against the Mail and Wire Fraud Penalties Against the Federal Government Can be Tricky Business. Learn About the Risks If You are Subject to an Investigation. When it comes to mail fraud in a federal procurement contract, criminal actions and wire fraud against the federal government, criminal prosecution of… Read more »

Preparing a Government Contract Bid

New companies and existing vendors constantly struggle with their ability to prepare for a government contract bid. Sometimes the solicitation language is vague and the questions and answer session from the agency does not adequately explain the problem. This impairs the ability to submit a winning proposal. In other situations,… Read more »

Federal Anti-KickBack Statute Liability

Under the Federal Anti-Kickback Act, criminal action can occur if there is a specific intent to induce referrals or orders for services. In government contracting and other federal activities, Anti-KickBack Statute Liability can be up to five years in prison, with the potential for additional criminal fines up to $25,000,… Read more »

Hiring Proposal Writer Services for Government RFPs

Most companies bidding on government RFP’s understand the amount of time it takes to read, understand, plan and then write a response to the proposal. Not all government contractors can afford to hire in-house proposal writers to respond to federal government bids. Their only other option is to resort to… Read more »