Tips for Agency Past Performance Evaluation Assessments

 A common question arises when government contractors file a bid protest that challenges the agency’s past performance evaluation. Can the agency still give the awardee a higher performance rating when its CPAR ratings show that it had an unsatisfactory rating on one of its projects? It depends upon the documentation of… Read more »

Tips for Challenging Contractor Responsibility Determination FAR 9.104-1

Recently, many federal government contract bidders have experienced an adverse contractor responsibility determination trend when the agency evaluates their proposal.  There are specific actions that the contracting officer must follow. Without a clear understanding of the regulations, you could miss out on a lucrative contract award. Challenging the agency’s nonresponsibility… Read more »

SBA HUBZone Employee Requirements 13 CFR 126.103

Contractors can sometimes make mistakes when calculating the SBA’s 35% HUBZone employee requirements when bidding for government contracts.  13 CFR 126.601 governs the employee residency requirements for HUBZone certified companies.  Failure to comply with the rule can cause companies to lose out on millions in government contract awards. When calculating… Read more »

Importance of FAR 9.4 Debarred Meaning & Definition

To effectively respond to, or negotiate the government’s suspension or debarment actions under FAR 9.4, it is important for contractors to understand the underlying legal and policy principles. Without understanding the reasons for the rule, a contractor will almost always fail to target the right issues to discuss when responding… Read more »

Protesting Technical Proposal Evaluation & Management Factors

Protesting an agency’s technical proposal evaluation and management evaluation factors, and ultimate source selection decision can be problematic you do not show that the Source Selection Board acted unreasonably or failed to follow the RFP requirements. Technical Proposal Evaluation of Management Factors In a recent GAO protest, for example, the… Read more »