Contracting Officer Authority in CDA Claims

When submitting contractor claims to the federal government, businesses should be aware of the Contracting Officer authority to issue a final decision. 48 CFR 1.603 suggests that although the CO is appointed on a Standard Form  1402. Any limitations on the Contracting Officer authority must be stated on the form… Read more »

SBA COC & Government Certificate of Competency Bid Protests

What is an SBA Certificate of Competency (COC)? The SBA’s COC Program is governed by the Small Business Act, 15 USC 37(b);  13 CFR 125.5 and FAR Part 19.6. A Certificate of Competency is a written document from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to a Government contracting officer (CO) that decides… Read more »

Freedom of Information Act 5 USC 552

Sometimes government contractors under 5 USC 552 seek to get information via a Freedom of Information Act request, commonly referred to as a FOIA request, to find out information about a specific procurement or another contractor. Before you submit a FOIA request, you may want to find out if the information… Read more »

Best Value Procurement Not Worth Higher Price – GAO Decision

In a recent GAO bid protest decision, HGS Engineering, Inc.; American Commercial Group, Inc. Challenging the government’s best value procurement decision, GAO agreed with the agency’s source selection decision. The protestors challenged the agency’s decision that the awardee’s proposal represented the best value to the government. These bid protest challenges,… Read more »

Avoid SDVOSB Joint Venture Mistakes in 13 CFR 125

Qualifying under the Code of Federal Regulations 13 CFR 125.18 as an SDVOSB Joint Venture agreement means that you must first qualify as an SDVOSB. Although this seems obvious, there are cases where small businesses submitted government bids with  SDVOSB Joint Venture agreements and lost when challenged by the competition in a… Read more »

Contractor Letter of Intent to Hire – Bait and Switch Protests

Federal contractors are being caught with submitting bids with  contractor letter of intent to hire that have no substance. Getting the proper guidance on this issue can make the difference between getting the contract or somehow getting to the point where there is a false representation. The latter can be… Read more »

SBA Negative Control Definition

When making size determinations and affiliation for negative control in small businesses, the SBA not only looks at finding actual control over the protested business but also whether a non-disadvantaged person or entity has the ability to control the firm. The negative control definition and positive control legal analysis can… Read more »

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 »