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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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Status-Based Protests of Your Company's Contract Awards Will “Completely Lack Merit”, “Misapply the Law”, And Contain “Disingenuous” Characterizations -- Are You Ready?

It takes a substantial investment to bid on government contracts. And natural reactions to losing a government contract bid can include disappointment, confusion, frustration, and even anger. In response to the sting of that loss some unsuccessful bi… Read More
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Proposed Amended Rule Tightens the Noose on Pass-Through Contracts

Instead of making a contract award to a company that is planning on subcontracting out more than 70% of the work, the Government is going to require its Contracting Officers to stop and see if there’s a better way to do business. Outstanding! On Ju… Read More
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Agency Shortens Contractor Past Performance Evaluation Comment Period

On 30 May 2014, the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Council (“the Councils”) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense, the General Services Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (N… 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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Agencies Issue Interim Rules Amending Allowability of Legal Costs for Whistleblower Protections

In connection with the issuance of an interim rule establishing a temporary four-year pilot program related to contractor employee whistleblower protections, the Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA) and the National Aero… 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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Interim Rule Revises Limitations on Allowability of Compensation Costs for Certain Contractor Personnel for DoD, NASA, and Coast Guard Contracts

The Department of Defense (DoD), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the General Services Administration (GSA) has issued an interim rule revising regulations related to the allowability of compensation costs of certain contr… 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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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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