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The Power of Govt Contracting

Government Contracts Transforms Small, Family-Owned Biz into Wealth-Making Machine Question: How do you take a small, family-owned landscaping company and grow into a Multi-Million Dollar, Multi-Generational, Wealth-Creating Business?  Answer: Gove…

CVE Wrong for All the Right Reasons on SDVOSB Protest

With daily reports of indictments and guilty pleas of individuals and companies that have improperly obtained federal government contracts that were set aside for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs”), giving the VA’s…

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…

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…

SBA Amends Regulations to Remove Dollar Amount Limitations on WOSB Program

In May, the Small Business Administration issued an interim final rule amending its regulations  to implement changes to the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program as a result of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (NDAA 2…

VA to Provide Preliminary Finding of Eligibility Determination of VOSB Status

In early March, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a new step to the speed up eligibility determinations of veteran-owned small business (VOSB) under the VA’s “Veterans First” contract program. As the VA announcement noted,…

GAO Confirms Need for Sole-Source 8(a) Justification Guidance at DoD

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued the results of its performance audit of the U.S. Department of Defense’s implementation of a new requirement for written justifications of sole-source contracts over twenty million dollars…

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…

Agency Proposes Regulatory Revisions to CAS Exemptions for Acquisitions of Commercial Items

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) Board have published proposed rules to clarify CAS exemptions for contracts or subcontracts related to the acquisition of commerci…

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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