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Another Important Lesson to Learn from a Failed Bid Protest Challenging Past Performance Evaluation: Actually Meeting Past Subcontracting Goals Matters

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) determined that the Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) exercised proper discretion when it considered an offeror’s historical track record of not meeting its proposed small busi… Read More
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GAO Finds that Amendment to Date of Bid Submission Does Not Automatically Change Time of Submission

On January 8, 2014, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reaffirmed its position that “where an amendment changes only the date of receipt of quotations or proposals, the time established for receipt is unchanged.”  In International Code… Read More
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Agency Issues Final Rule to Provide Accelerated Payments to Small Business Subcontractors

On November 25, 2013, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration issued a final rule implementing Memoranda M–12–16, dated July 11, 2012, and M–13–15, dated July 11, 2013, pub… Read More
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GAO Affirms Offeror’s Responsibility for Timely Receipt of Its Proposal

On November 20, 2013, the Government Accountability Office again reminded offerors that the responsibility to ensure the timely receipt of complete proposal by the agency remains at all times with the offeror. In JV Derichebourg-BMAR & Associate… Read More
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VA Amends Regulations Regarding SDVOSB/VOSB Status Protests

In an about face, the Department of Veterans Affairs has issued an interim final rule amending its status protest procedures for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB). Before the VA’s iss… Read More
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Agencies Issue Interim Rules Implementing Statutory Pilot Program for Enhancement of Contractor Employee Whistleblower Protections

Last month, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration published an interim rule in the Federal Register to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 3.9 by setting fo… Read More
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Agencies Issue Final Rule on Documenting Contractor Performance

The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have recently issued a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) that establishes standardized gove… Read More
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Final Rule Issued Extending Prohibition on Contracting with Inverted Domestic Corporations to Fiscal Year 2012 Appropriated Funds

The Department of Defense, General Services Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, have issued a file rule adopting, without changes, an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) that prohibits the… Read More
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GAO Finds Compliance with Competition Requirements under Simplified Acquisition Does Not Absolve VA's SDVOSB Contracting Preference Obligations under VA Act

On 26 October 2012, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in a bid protest ruling confirmed the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) preference obligations under the Veterans Benefits, Hea… Read More
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Agencies Seek to Standardize Contractor Past Performance Documentation

The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), have published a proposed rule to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to address Government-wide contractor… Read More
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Recent Developments

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) needs more Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) for its CIO-Solutions and Partners 3 (CIO-SP3) Small Business Government-wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). Because a number of prior awardees… Read More

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Announcements

GCARL started the year off with a victorious bang for a client, Alpha Transcription, in a “Bet the Company” protest.   If Alpha Transcription lost it could have been devastating for them. The Transcription Services Industry and Market is… Read More

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