Government Contracts & Investigations

Category: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process

Some Tradeoff Is Better than None—and Enough to Avoid the Prohibition against LPTA

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When the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was enacted, the prohibition in Section 813(c) against the use of lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) source selection criteria seemed fairly cut and dry. As time passes and procuring agencies adopt new evaluation schemes, however, the parameters of the prohibition are being tested. The recent Government AccountabilityRead More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues, Bid Protests and the Contracting Process, Statutes and Regulations

Your Proposal Says What It Says: The GAO Does Not Engage in Revisionist History

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Disappointed offerors sometimes attempt to challenge contract awards by arguing that the agency did not properly take into account a particular aspect of their proposals. As the recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision in Red River Science & Technology, LLC, B-417798.2 (October 24, 2019) makes clear, however, protesters need to make sure that their proposalRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process, Subcontracting and Strategic Alliances

Do Not Be Discouraged: Agency Discretion on Corrective Actions Does Have Limits

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Given the broad discretion afforded to agencies when they decide to take corrective action in response to a protest, it sometimes seems like challenges to a corrective action are destined to fail. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision in MCR Federal, LLC, B-416654.2; B-416654.3 (December 18, 2018), serves as a reminder that failure is notRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process

In Submitting a Bid or Proposal – Timing is Everything!

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In its recent decision in Criterion Systems, Inc. v. U.S., , the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC) denied protester’s pre-award protest challenging the Agency’s rejection of its late submission of a revised quote in response to a solicitation amendment and request for revised quotations. In this case, the solicitation provided that ““[f]ailure to followRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process

If You Want to Win the Contract, You Can’t Afford to Rely on Glancing References and Unsupported Assurances to “Demonstrate” Anything

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When solicitations require proposals to address numerous factors in a limited number of pages, offerors must find a way to adequately cover all the issues in as few words as possible. Faced with this situation, contractors may be tempted to use shorthand methods of presenting information. As the recent US Government Accountability Office (GAO) decisionRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process