Government Contracts & Investigations


Posts from Judith Araujo

Inaccuracies on SAM May Not Be Enough to Sustain a Protest

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A lie may be a lie, but false representations and certifications on SAM may not necessarily be a proper protest ground. As the recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision in Phoenix Environmental Design, Inc. (Phoenix), B-418473, B-418473.2 (May 20, 2020) suggests, “minor” inaccurate statements may fall short of sustaining a protest. Through the underlying solicitation,Read More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process

Past Performance, Present (and Future) Problems

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Government contractors should consider all contract performance vitally important because they can’t always control which past performance is considered by agency evaluators. The recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision in Sayres & Associates Corporation (Sayres), B-418382 (March 31, 2020) reminds offerors that poor past performance, even under just one contract, can have lasting negative effectsRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Government and Government Contractor Activities Provisions

In addition to providing relief to individuals, employees, small and non-small businesses, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act also mobilizes government and government contractors to address the special needs arising from the emergency and this relief package: Defense Production Act (DPA) The Defense Production Act (DPA) provides for creation, maintenance, expansion, orRead More

Topics: Contract Administration, Statutes and Regulations

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Small Business Provisions

To aid and address the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., on Friday, March 27, 2020, Congress passed and the president quickly signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law. The CARES Act is reported to be twice as large as any relief ever signed and to provide $2.2Read More

Topics: Statutes and Regulations

Simplified Acquisition Procedures Afford Agencies a Lot of Latitude

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Not being included, or being purposely excluded, may remind some of adolescence, and may remind others of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) simplified acquisition procedures. The recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision in Phoenix Environmental Design, Inc. (Phoenix), B-418304 (March 2, 2020) deals with facing the latter form of disappointment. The underlying purchase order inRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process, Small Business / Socioeconomic Issues