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NIH to SDVOSBs – "WE WANT YOU"

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…

Oprah Does Not Work at the SBA - Act Accordingly

SBA had rejected a women-owned, licensed engineering company’s application for admission to the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program because the SBA did not believe that the owner had been previously subjected to gender discrimination…

How to Lose $1Million Without Really Trying

A government contractor, McAllen Hospitals LP, dba South Texas Health System, (McAllen) provided general medical and hospital services to veterans in south Texas. During the course of the VA contract to provide those healthcare services, the McAllen…

City's Breaches Not Exceptions to No-Damage-For-Delay Clause in Public Construction Contract

C and H Electrical, Inc. (“C&H Electrical”), a construction contractor, wins award of a school renovation and expansion contract in Bethel, Connecticut. The town directs the C&H Electrical to commence work in February 2007. But in…

No-Damage-For-Delay Clause Too Broad To Be Enforceable Against Government Contractor

Zachary Construction Corporation (“Zachary”) won a public construction contract to build a wharf for the Port of Houston Authority of Harris County, Texas (the “Port”). The contract gave Zachary sole control of the manner in w…

Do State Prevailing Wage Laws Apply to You? - Check the History

To price a proposal or bid for a publicly competed project, the bidder has to know if prevailing wage rates apply. Without that information, it is virtually impossible to prepare a responsive and competitively priced bid. Most prime contractors requi…

JV's Experience without Consideration of the Business Entities Forming the JV is Reasonable Contract Requirement

In a recent bid protest decision, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to consider whether the evaluation of a joint venture’s relevant experience was a valid and reasonable agency requirement.   In Aljucar, Anvil-Incus & Co.…

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…

COFC Holds Residency is Not Sole Determining Factor in Determining Ownership & Control of VOSB Company

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims recently issued an opinion clarifying the scope of reliance on an owner’s residency in determining ownership and control under the Veteran’s First Contracting Program.   In KWV, Incorporated v. U.S., the plainti…

NDAA for FY 2013 Imposes Major Changes to Small Business Government Contracting

Congress recently passed and the President signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2013 with significant changes to small business government contracting. These changes include: Small Business Prime Contractor Subcontracting…

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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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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