CPARS Ratings & Past Performance

Avoid Costly and Painful Mistakes that Other Government Contractors Make With CPAR Ratings. As a federal government contractor, your contractor past performance evaluation is recorded by having CPARS ratings under FAR Part 42. The Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) might allow for valid reasons why the agency may have given you a negative… Read more »

Understanding Federal Cost Reimbursement Contract Rules

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 »

Mandatory FAR Contract Flow Down Clauses in Federal Government Contracts

Prime contractors that are bidding on government contracts often provide subcontracting opportunities to other businesses. However, there is some confusion whether a specific FAR contract flow down clause applies to subcontractors. The reality is that different types of contracts woul have varying flow down clauses. Problem: 43% of prime contractors are… 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 »

REA Contracting – Requesting Contracting Officer’s Final Decision

Government contractors often find themselves in a precarious position when they file a request for equitable adjustment (Government REA Contracting Act) but later made the argument that it meets the requirements of a Contract Disputes Act claim. Understanding the applicable laws can save contractors thousands in attorney fees when seeking… Read more »

Surety Bond Tips for Federal Government Construction Contracts

Varying Surety Bond Requirements Take Different Legal Paths to Resolve Avoid Costly Legal Mistakes. Given the amount of construction in federal government construction contracts, there are provisions that allow for large contractors and DOD small businesses to secure projects. There are various surety bond requirements that must be met. For… Read more »

How Appeal Courts Look at Contract Termination for Default Cases

When a federal government agency terminates your contract for default (T4D), the next steps and whether you have a good chance of appealing the contracting officer’s final decision can be challenging.  Although the decision has been made to terminate the contract for default, knowing how the appeal courts look at… Read more »