Government Contracts & Investigations

Tiered Evaluations: A Lesson in Reasonably Applying Different Rules

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It’s not always clear where the applicability of one law or rule should stop and the applicability of another should begin. Recently, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision in Becton, Dickinson and Company, B-417854 (November 15, 2019) helped clarify the interplay between the Buy American Act (BAA) and the Trade Agreements Act (TAA) when itRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process, Buy American Act, Sourcing Restrictions, Trade Agreements Act

When the Government Asks for Required Information, Answer (But First Make Sure You Have Prepared for the Question).

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You might think that this could go without saying, but apparently it can’t: If you want to succeed in your dealings with the federal government, you need to timely provide information required by law, particularly when government personnel specifically ask you for it. The recent decision of the SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals inRead More

Topics: Small Business / Socioeconomic Issues, Statutes and Regulations

Final FAR Rule Mandating GIDEP Reporting of Actual or Suspected Counterfeit Parts Issued: More Questions Than Answers

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Supply chain risks are on the rise. Protecting the supply chain is a critical aspect of our national security, health and public safety. Whether parts are electronic or not, if they aren’t what they are represented to be, don’t do what they are supposed to do, or do things that they’re not supposed to do,Read More

Topics: Contract Administration, Statutes and Regulations

Regulation Recap: SBA Publishes Proposed Rule Consolidating Mentor Protégé Programs

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Lovers of consistency, rejoice! After a few years of administering two separate, yet substantially similar mentor-protégé programs, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has proposed a rulemaking to consolidate the 8(a) Business Development (BD) Mentor-Protégé Program and the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program. On November 8, 2019, SBA published the Consolidation of Mentor Protégé Programs and OtherRead More

Topics: Small Business / Socioeconomic Issues, Statutes and Regulations