Government Contracts & Investigations

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

End to EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data Reporting for Now…

On February 10, 2020, in National Women’s Law Center v. Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) collection of gender and race pay data complete. This marks the end of a long-fought battle that has been raging since 2016 over whetherRead More

Topics: Labor and Employment

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

OHA Decision Highlights the Perils of Mixing Business with Family

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A cornerstone of the Small Business Administration (SBA) size regulations is that a business’s size is determined by measuring its size in addition to the size of its affiliates. The recent SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) decision in Size Appeal of: Cazador Investments LLC (Appellant), SBA No. SIZ-6048, 2020 WL 897975, discusses oneRead More

Topics: Small Business / Socioeconomic Issues