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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?…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

Agency Exclusion of Participating Affiliate’s Experience and Past Performance May Be Unduly Restrictive of Competition GAO Finds

In Iyabak Construction, LLC (B-409196, February 6, 2014), pre-award bid protest was filed challenging a request for proposal issued by the Army Corps of Engineer. In the RFP, offerors were notified that the “experience of the offeror’s parent,…

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…

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…

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…

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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