Government Contracts & Investigations

Category: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process

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

How Soon Is Soon Enough for Corrective Action to Preclude Recovery of Protest Costs?

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Contractors whose protests result in the challenged agency’s taking corrective action may attempt to recover their protest costs, particularly when they feel that the corrective action was unduly delayed. As the recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision in INTELiTEAMS, Inc.—Costs, B-418123.2, B-418180.2 (February 25, 2020) demonstrates, however, the operative date for determining the timeliness ofRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process

Hope Is Not a Strategy: Protest Shortcomings of Corrective Action as Soon as You See Them

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When an agency announces its intent to take corrective action in response to a protest, it’s easy for the protester to feel that it has “won”—and to some extent it has. At the very least, its protest has prompted the agency to regroup and remedy one or more perceived problems with the subject procurement. DespiteRead More

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

Knowledge is Power . . . If You Know How to Use It

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Discussions with an agency prior to submitting a final proposal can lead to a more well-informed submission by an offeror; however, such is not always the case. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision in Quality Control International, LLC (QCI), B-417984 (December 20, 2019) provides guidance as to how offerors should rely on information supplied byRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process