Government Contracts & Investigations

Posts from Eric Whytsell

Challenging an Agency’s Determination of Urgent and Compelling Need Can be an Uphill Battle


Even when agencies use simplified acquisition procedures, they generally must maximize competition to the extent practicable. There is, however, an exception to this default rule if only one source is reasonably available based on the urgency of requirements or other grounds. Unfortunately, as the recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision in Summit Technologies, Inc., B-419126;Read More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process

If Your Proposal Makes the Agency Work Too Hard, You Have Only Yourself to Blame If You Don’t Win


If the first rule of proposal writing is “give the agency the information it asks for,” the most important corollary is “make the proposal easy to understand.” In other words, clarity and consistency is key; avoid anything in your proposal that might raise questions, confuse the evaluators, or otherwise detract from your message that youRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process, Government Contracts

A Friendly Reminder…Women-Owned Small Business Self-Certification is Coming to an End Soon


The Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) October 15, 2020 elimination of the self-certification process for Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) and Economically Disadvantaged WOSBs (EDWOSBs) is rapidly approaching. A WOSB is a small business (based on the applicable NAICS code determination) that is 51% directly and unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more women. An EDWOSBRead More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues, Small Business / Socioeconomic Issues