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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?…

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 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,…

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 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…

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…

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…

GAO Decision Limits Affiliate Corporate Experience and Past Performance Credit in Agency Proposal Evaluation

In a recent decision, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has clarified the extent that an offeror may be credited for the experience or past performance of its parent or affiliated company in agency proposal evaluation. In IAP World Services…

GAO Limits Recommendation of Protest Costs Reimbursement

GAO recently issued its decision in response to a request for protest cost reimbursements by a protester whose protest was dismissed after the agency agreed to take corrective action after GAO notified the parties of its’ inclination to sustain the…

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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