SBA HUBZone Qualification & Requirements 13 CFR 126

HUBZone Definition The HUBZone Program (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) is a United States Small Business Administration (SBA) program that provides some level of government contracting preferences for small company owners that operate their principle place of business in a designated consensus track and also provide jobs to employees who live in… Read more »

GAO Sustains Protest For Improper Evaluation of Joint Ventures Past Performance

Avoid Costly Mistakes When Submitting 8(a) Joint Venture Past Performance  GAO protests continue to surface because of improper past performance evaluation of proposals. In a recent case, GAO sustained a protest because NASA considered the awardee’s past performance.  There was no record of actual performance. The problem was that the solicitation stated that NASA would not… Read more »

Latent and Patent Ambiguity Meaning

Court of Appeals Federal Circuit Bid Protest Decides Appeal Patent Ambiguity Dispute Many government contract bidders find the rules of patent ambiguity in solicitations to be very confusion. In many cases, they see the problem when filing a post-award bid protest. The recent decision at the US Court of Appeals… Read more »

FAR 15.306 Misleading or Meaningful Discussions

One reason why bid protests are successful is when the contractor shows that the failed to conduct lawful discussions. GAO looks at these issues very carefully.  The underlying principle of having meaningful discussions is the Competition in Contracting Act (CICA). Each bidder is entitled to its proposal being evaluated on equal… Read more »

Mistakes Made in GAO Protest For Corrective Action

Often, government contracting agencies take corrective action when contractors file a GAO protest. Taking corrective action mainly takes away jurisdiction from the court to hear the case. A recent GAO protest case illustrates mistakes made in a GAO protest for corrective action. In that bid protest, the protestor argued that after… Read more »