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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…

Airport MBE JV Agreement That Crashed on Take-Off

International Airport (or other large public contracting agency) announces or issues a Request for Proposals (RFP) that requires bidders to address minority business enterprise (MBE) participation goals. And the predictable scramble among large non-M…

Can FedBid, Inc. Debar Prospective Bidders?

Does FedBid, Inc. (FedBid), a private company that provides commercial online procurement services to federal agencies and other public procuring entities through its website at www.FedBid.com, have the power to suspend or debar prospective bidders?…

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…

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…

Court of Appeals Finds that “Rule of Two” Analysis Not Required for all VA Contracts

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently issued a decision regarding the applicability of the “Rule of Two” analysis in contracts issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The plaintiff in Kingdomware Technologies,…

Court Holds Agency Under No Obligation to Waive Defect or Allow Contractor to Correct Defect

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims recently affirmed the extent of an agency’s ability to waive defects or minor irregularities in proposals submitted to it.  In Business Integra, Inc. v. U.S., the agency eliminated the contractor’s proposal from…

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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