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GAO Sustains Limiting the Number of Projects Allocable to a Large Business Mentor's Experience, but Rejects Treating a Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture Differently than a Prime/Subcontractor Contractor Teaming Agreement

One of the principal advantages of an approved Mentor/Protégé Agreement (MPA) is that the Mentor and Protégé can enter into a joint venture (JV) that can compete as small for any contract for which the Protégé would be eligible (see, e.g., 13 C.F.R. § 125.109(d)(1)).  In turn, one of the principal advantages of a JV - now enshrined in statute and regulation - is that in evaluating experience and…

New Year's Resolutions, 2019 - Reassess Your Size Status, Update Your SAM and DSBS Listings, Check Your Past Performance Ratings, and Update Your Employment Policies, Handbooks and Postings

Happy New Year!  The start of a new year is the time for New Year’s Resolutions.  Here are several we strongly urge you to follow-through on early in 2019.

 

     1.  Reassess Your (and Any Subcontractors’) Small Business Size Status:  Most companies operate on a calendar year for tax reporting purposes.  For such companies the start of a new tax year, and the end of the prior year, means a change and…

New Year's Resolutions, 2018

Reassess Your Size Status, Update Your DSBS and SAM Listings, Check Your Past Performance Ratings, and Update Your Employment Policies, Handbooks and Postings

Happy New Year! The start of a new year is the time for New Year’s Resolutions.  Here are several we strongly urge you to follow-through on early in 2018.

    1.    Reassess Your (and Any Subcontractors’) Small Business Size Status: Most companies…

Don’t Assume: What Does the Solicitation Actually Say about Past Performance?

Most contractors know that the consideration of past performance is an integral part of the Government’s approach to proposal evaluation. All too often, however, offerors proceed with teaming agreements and proposal preparation based on assumptions about the specific approach the Government will take – only to learn too late that that assumption was wrong. The recent Government Accountability…

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Reassess Your Size Status, Update Your DSBS and SAM Listings, Check Your Past Performance Ratings, and Update Your Employment Policies, Handbooks and Postings

Happy New Year! The start of a new year is a time for New Year’s Resolutions.  Here are several we strongly urge you to follow-through on early in 2017.

        1.    Reassess Your (and Any Subcontractors’) Small Business Size Status: Most companies…

Draft 2017 NDAA: Some Highlights

Following months of uncertainty and debate, the House and Senate have both approved the draft 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), funding the Defense Department through the end of fiscal year 2017 (FY17).  The FY17 NDAA contains a number of significant provisions that promise to impact government contractors in significant ways. This article discusses several of them.

Section 217 of the…

The CPARS Process: Engage Early and Often

As federal contract dollars become more and more scarce, contractors must aggressively posture themselves to win contracts. Since past performance often plays a key role in source selection, a poor past performance rating can have far-reaching impacts. Fortunately, the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) process allows contractors to be actively engaged in ensuring that…

The Entity May Exist, but Is It Approved? The Complex World of Joint Ventures and 8(a) Awards

The 8(a) set-aside program of the Small Business Administration (SBA) provides small businesses with contracting opportunities that might otherwise be far beyond their reach. An 8(a) award is ultimately between the agency and the SBA, with the successful offeror acting as a subcontractor to the SBA and performing the contractor.  Significantly, the program allows 8(a) entities to combine resources…

If You Want Extra Credit, Ask In Advance: Threshold Goals vs. Comparative Ratings

Before a contractor offers more than the solicitation requires, it should first confirm that it will receive credit for going above and beyond. This is particularly true where the solicitation lays out a clear evaluation scheme and identifies certain evaluation factors as threshold criteria rather than factors to be rated comparatively, with more credit given for exceeding requirements. As the…

Short Take: DPAP Acquisition Scorecard, Third Quarter

On August 11, the Office of the Undersecretary for Defense, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OUSD/ATL) released its Acquisition Compliance Scorecard for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016. The report analyzed several DoD Agencies’ compliance with procurement regulations in three areas:  competition, past performance, and inclusion of the new DFARS clause 252.204-7012, Safeguarding Covered…

Short Take: DPAP Acquisition Compliance Scorecard

On May 18, the Office of the Undersecretary for Defense, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OUSD/AT&L) released its Acquisition Compliance Scorecard for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016.  The report analyzed several Department of Defense (DoD) Agencies’ compliance with procurement regulations in three areas:  competition, past performance, and including the new DFARS clause 252.204-7012,…

2016 New Year’s Resolutions

Reassess Your Size Status, Update Your DSBS and SAM Listings, Check Your Past Performance Ratings, and Update Your Employment Policies, Handbooks and Postings

Happy New Year! The start of a new year is a time for New Year’s Resolutions.  Here are several we strongly urge you to follow-through on early in 2016.

1.    Reassess Your (and Any Subcontractors’) Small Business Size Status: Most…

 

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