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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…

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…

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,…

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…

VA Issues Final Rule Extending VOSB and SDVOSB Re-verification Requirement

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a final rule amending the re-verification requirements of the VA Veteran-Owned Small Business Verification Guidelines.  Effective August 22, 2013, the final rule implements the Veterans Benefits, He…

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…

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,…

U.S. Court of Federal Claims Overturns GAO Decision Requiring VA to Give Preference to Veterans over Vendors under FSS

On 27 November, 2012, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims announced a ground-breaking decision that could severely limit the effectiveness of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ “Veterans First” preference as set forth in the Veterans Benefits, H…

GAO Finds Compliance with Competition Requirements under Simplified Acquisition Does Not Absolve VA's SDVOSB Contracting Preference Obligations under VA Act

On 26 October 2012, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in a bid protest ruling confirmed the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) preference obligations under the Veterans Benefits, Hea…

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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