Bid Bond Guarantee and SBA Surety Bonds

Many contractors have questions about a bid bond guarantee and SBA surety bonds and if their rejected bids can be protested on these grounds.  Many government contracts require some form of a surety guarantee or bond.  If your proposal does not comply with the solicitation requirement for a bid guarantee,… Read more »

When are Bid and Proposal Costs Recoverable? 28 USC 1491

Bid and proposal costs can be expensive.  Many contractors wonder whether they can recover bid and proposal cost incurred while preparing to submit their bid.  The answer is sometimes.  Many companies fail because they do not fully understand the legal requirements. It often depends on whether or not there was a… Read more »

Agency Bid Protest — Worth the Effort?

Agency bid protests can be worth the effort at times. However, there is downside. You have the right to file a federal agency protest when you find out that you are the unsuccessful bidder. You can also file a bid protest at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) or the U.S. Court of… Read more »

Government Contracting – Commercial Off The Shelf COTS Contracts

In government contracting, agencies sometimes buy commercial off the shelf items and services (COTS contracts).  Simply put, when the government buys these commercial items or services, there is not much that must change. Government contractors seeking to challenge whether or not the awardee is selling a commercial off the shelf item can… Read more »

Commercial Items Clause and FAR Market Research Requirements

Sometimes the government’s solicitation for commercial items substantially differs from customary commercial industry practices.  Companies seeking to bid on federal contracts could struggle with meeting the government’s FAR requirements. This can also create problems for bidders and even lead to a pre-award bid protest. If the federal government procures under… Read more »

IDIQ Contract Task Order & Government Minimum Payment

IDIQ Task Order Contract – Dealing  With the Government Minimum Payment The United States federal government and its procurement agencies use a variety of  IDIQ contract vehicles to procure services and products. One typical example is the indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity IDIQ contract vehicle. What is an IDIQ Contract?… Read more »

Sealed Bid Definition – Government Bids and Proposal Process

A sealed bid is a procurement method used in the government bid and proposal process to obtain government contracts.  Sealed bidding varies from traditional government proposals; it is important to understand the differences and the nuances that go along with a sealed bid. Sealed Bid Process Sealed bidding is primarily used for… Read more »

Government Contract Dispute Claims Resolution

Although government contracting can be a lucrative business venture, contract dispute claims resolution with the government can sometimes be daunting and stressful. Oftentimes, businesses believe that they are doing ‘the right thing’ when the Contracting Office Representative orders them to perform extra work. Businesses may also believe that agencies will… Read more »

Federal Construction Scope of Work Changes

In government construction contracting, a general contractor often litigates contract disputes about construction scope of work changes but often finds after thousands in litigation costs, that it has either failed to follow FAR procedure or took a substandard technical approach to getting paid.  For large federal projects, the risk of losing… Read more »