Government Contracts & Investigations

If the Solicitation Doesn’t Provide Enough Information for You to Bid Intelligently, Push for More

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Ideally, an agency’s solicitation would provide comprehensive information about its requirements so that interested offerors each had what they needed to craft their best response to the agency’s actual needs. Such a situation would create a level playing field for competition and allow the agency to conduct a meaningful “apples to apples” evaluation to determineRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process

CMMC Update

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Last week we reported on developments in the Department of Defense (DoD) efforts to implement enhanced Defense Industrial Base cybersecurity requirements. Following our report, Katie Arrington, DoD Chief Information Security Officer in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, confirmed our thoughts that the DoD’s roll out of Cybersecurity Maturity ModelRead More

Topics: Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy

Federal Contractors Must Update Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form

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On May 5, 2020, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) revised voluntary self-identification of disability form. Federal contractors and subcontractors have until August 4, 2020, to adopt the new form for applicants and employees. Pursuant to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, federal contractors andRead More

Topics: Labor and Employment

Continuing Developments in Cybersecurity

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The Government continues to take steps to address its Defense Industrial Base supply chain cybersecurity. Below are some of the emerging developments you should be following in this space: Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Previously we reported on the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) activities to roll out a CMMC program. DoD has now rolled outRead More

Topics: Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy, Supply Chain Risk Management

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