Archives for September 10

Sep 3, 2010

There is a rising trend in the number of protested federal contracts. Is this trend due to confusing statistics or just causes? Let’s take a closer look.

·         The protest will not ruin your relationship with the customer
·         You have consulted with a protest lawyer and there is a protest able flaw in the procurement
o   There is good chance the award will be overturned and you will be given the award
o   There is a good chance you will win the re-procurement
·         You are the incumbent
·         You are protesting a multiple award IDIQ contract where the task order customer is removed from the IDIQ decision makers
Do Not Protest
·         The protest may ruin your relationship with the customer
·         You have no money for the legal fees and it may cause you to spend too much money
·         You will only achieve a re-procurement
·         You can show your concerns in a positive way and then back away from a formal protest
·         You do not want to take the focus away from your company winning new business in the future
Make sure you have your facts straight before making any decisions about protesting. The best advice is to speak with a protest lawyer before talking with the customer or speaking publicly.
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Sep 3, 2010

Small Business Administration (SBA) released its fourth annual Small Business Procurement Scorecard for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009, with ratings for 24 federal agencies in prime and subprime contracting to small businesses.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) has earned an "A" rating for the fourth consecutive year. DOT was also tallied the second highest overall score for accomplishments in supporting small business contracting in 2009. This year's scorecard demonstrates that DOT is supporting the small business community with a consistent commitment.

As Director Neal said, "It takes a dedicated team, led by Secretary LaHood, the modal administrators, procurement officers, small business specialists, and our regional offices to achieve this level of success over the past four years."

The annual Scorecard rates federal agencies in meeting the overall small business goal and the component contracting goals for small and disadvantaged businesses, small businesses in HUBZones, and small businesses owned by women and service-disabled veterans.


The DOT was one of the ten agencies that met or surpassed their goals for four of the five small business categories. These accomplishments reflect the Department’s ongoing commitment to providing the small business community the greatest access to federal contracting opportunities and to ensure that DOT’s procurement officers have the information and tools needed to connect with these innovative small businesses.


DOT's prime contracting achievement for 2009


SBA Administrator Karen Mills said, "Federal contracts awarded to small businesses are a ‘win-win,’ providing small businesses with the opportunity to grow and create jobs, and offering innovative services and essential goods to the government at great value to the taxpayers.”

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Sep 3, 2010

The Department of Defense has issued an interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement section 814 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010. The effective date was July 13, 2010.

Section 814 prohibits the award of sole-sourced tasks or delivery orders that are estimated to exceed $100M. The DoD does not expect this rule to have a significant economic impact on small firms because it does not impose any additional requirements on small businesses. The interim rule does, however, require the agency head to notify congressional defense committees within thirty days after making any determination regarding the sole-sourced award.
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Sep 15, 2010

WashingtonTechnology ranked the Top 100 Government Contractors who won nearly $130 billion in prime contracts last year.

1. Lockheed Martin Corp
2. Northrop Grumman Corp
3. Boeing Co
4. Raytheon Co
5. Science Applications International Corp

To see the entire Top 100 List please click here.

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Sep 15, 2010

Defense Secretary Robert Gates today released a 23-point memorandum for reforming defense acquisition processes, aiming for increased efficiency and productivity and proclaiming a new era in defense spending and acquisition strategy.

To read the whole article click here.

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