Contracting Tools and Regulations

Department of Defense

Reporting Source Selection Process in the Federal Procurement Data System(May 26, 2020)


Contracting Tools and Regulations

Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled

Procurement List; Additions and Deletions

The White House

Executive Order 13922:  COVID-19 Outbreak Response, Delegation of Authority to U.S. International Development Finance Corporation Chief Executive Officer.  (May 19, 2020)

Bureau of Industry and Security

Export Administration Regulations: Amendments to General Prohibition Three (Foreign-Produced Direct Product Rule) and the Entity List.  (May 19, 2020)

Federal Acquisition Regulation

FAR Case 2018-007:  Applicability of Inflation Adjustments of Acquisition-Related Thresholds.  (May 18, 2020)

Federal Acquisition Regulation

FAR Case 2020-009:  List of Domestically Nonavailable Articles.  (May 13, 2020)

Small Business Administration

Women-Owned Small Business and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business Certification. (May 11, 2020)

Small Business Administration

Regulatory Reform Initiative: Small Disadvantaged Businesses (May 8, 2020)

Department of Defense

Procurement Integrated Enterprise Environment Capabilities.  (May 8, 2020)

Update to Standard Procurement System Sunset Date.  (May 8, 2020)

Federal Acquisition Circular 2020-06

Introduction.  (May 6, 2020)

FAR Case 2020-01:  Revocation of Executive Order on Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers.  (May 6, 2020)

FAR Case 2018-007:  Applicability of Inflation Adjustments of Acquisition Related Thresholds.  (May 6, 2020)

FAR Case 2016-013:  Tax on Certain Foreign  Procurement.  (May 6, 2020)

Technical Amendments.  (May 6, 2020)

Small Entity Compliance Guide.  (May 6, 2020)

Federal Acquisition Regulation

Information Request

Acquisition of Helium.  (May 5, 2020)

Privacy Training.  (May 5, 2020)

Department of Defense

Class Deviation 2020-O0016:  Original Documents, Signatures, Seals, and Notarization.  (May 4, 2020)

Civilian Agency Acquisition Council

CAAC 2020-04:  Consultation to Issue a Class Deviation from the FAR to eliminate hard copy original documents, signatures, notarization, seals on bonds and other seals for certain contract requirements.  (May 4, 2020)

Department of Defense

Wide Area Workflow Training Certificates. (April 30, 2020)

Federal Acquisition Regulation

FAR Case 2019-003:  Consolidation and Substantial Bundling.  (April 27, 2020)

General Services Administration

GSA Releases Human-Centered Design Evaluation and Buying Guide.  (April 27, 2020)

Department of Health and Human Services

Grants, Contracts, And Other Agreements:
Fraud and Abuse; Information Blocking; Office of Inspector General's Civil Money Penalty Rules
.  (April 24, 2020)

Office of Personnel Management

OPM Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Resumption of Normal Workforce Operations.  (April 24, 2020)

Defense Acquisition Regulations System

Acquisition of Items for Which Federal Prison Industries Has a Significant Market Share.  (April 22, 2020)

Early Engagement Opportunity: Implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.  (April 22, 2020)

Department of Defense

Class Deviation 2020-O0014 – Flexibilities for Electronic Delivery of Information Related to Suspensions and Debarments.  (April 22, 2020)

Modification and Reissuance of DoD Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 - Travel Restrictions

FAQ – Travel Restrictions  (April 21, 2020)

Small Business Administration

Waiver of Nonmanufacturer Rule for diabetic test stripes under NAICS code 325413 and Product Service Code PSC 6515.  (April 20, 2020)

VA Acquisition Regulation

Contractor Qualifications; Acquisition of Utility
Services; and Contract Administration and Audit Services
  (April 20, 2020)

Civilian Agency Acquisition Council

Class Deviation 2020-03:  Customary Progress Payment Rates Based on Costs.  (April 20, 2020)

Department of Labor

Department Seeks to More Efficiently Resolve Contractor Compliance Evaluations.  (April 20, 2020)

Office of Management and Budget

M-20-22:  Preserving the Resilience of the Federal Contracting Base in the Fight Against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  (April 20, 2020)

Federal Acquisition Regulation

FAR Case 2017-011:  Correction, Section 508-Based Standards in Information and Communication Technology. (April 16, 2020)

Department of Energy

Guidance for using DOE’s Clauses developed to implement Section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. (April 16, 2020)

Procuring Enhanced Entry Screening Services (EESS). (April 16, 2020)

Office of Personnel Management

OPM Statement re Local Shelter-In-Place Orders. (April 15, 2020)

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Government Accountability Office

AECOM Management Services, Inc., B-418467, B-418467.2, B-418467.3, B-418467.4: May 15, 2020(May 26, 2020)


Court of Federal Claims

The Tolliver Group, Inc. v. U. S., No. 17-1763C, May 22, 2020(May 26, 2020)

Civilian Board of Contract Appeals

NEDA of Puerto Rico, Inc., CBCA 6793, May 21, 2020(May 26, 2020)

Maviga N.A. Inc. v. U. S., CBCA 6806, May 15, 2020(May 26, 2020)

Aron Security, Inc. v. U. S. CBCA 6664, May 14, 2020(May 26, 2020)

CTA I, LLC dba CTA Builders v. U. S., CBCA 6783, May 14, 2020(May 26, 2020)


Wifcon Blog

Yes Virginia, You Are Honored with a Plaque.  Read.

Don Mansfield

Plain Language Writing Contest. Read.

Emptor Cautus

Acquisition Reform ― It’s Soylent Green!  Read.



Government Accountability Office

Bastion Technologies, Inc., B-418432: May 5, 2020 (May 22, 2020)

Phoenix Environmental Design, Inc., B-418473, B-418473.2: May 20, 2020.  (May 21, 2020)

Leidos Innovations Corporation, B-417568.3,B-417568.4: May 11, 2020.  (May 19, 2020)

Airbus Helicopters, Inc., B-418444,B-418444.2: May 12, 2020. (May 19, 2020)

Cla-Val Company, B-418443: May 13, 2020.  (May 18, 2020)

HCR Construction, Inc.; Southern Aire Contracting, Inc.
B-418070.4, B-418070.5: May 8, 2020
. (May 15, 2020)

Training, Rehabilitation & Development Institute, Inc. B-418480: May 13, 2020.  (May 15, 2020)

Project W Restoration, LLC, B-418419, B-418419.2, B-418419.4, B-4184193: Apr 30, 2020.  (May 14, 2020)

Federal Data Network Technologies, LLC; Ekagra Partners, LLC B-418085.4, B-418085.5, B-418085.7: May 5, 2020. (May 13, 2020)

AKAL Security, Inc., B-417840.4: Apr 27, 2020.  (May 13, 2020)

22nd Century Technologies, Inc., B-418404: Apr 16, 2020. (May 11, 2020)

Regency Enterprises Services, LLC, B-418448, B-418448.2: May 6, 2020.  (May 8, 2020)

Kord Technologies, Inc., B-417748.5: Apr 17, 2020.  (May 8, 2020)

Peraton, Inc.--Costs, B-417358.3: Apr 30, 2020.  (May 8, 2020)

M3 Partners, LLC, B-416685.6: May 4, 2020 (May 6, 2020)

ProSecure LLC, B-418397, B-418397.2: Apr 15, 2020.  (May 5, 2020)

Hanford Integrated Infrastructure Services Contractor, LLC, B-418411, B-418411.2, B-418411.3: Apr 22, 2020.  (May 5, 2020)

Centerra Integrated Facilities Services, LLC
B-418628: Apr 23, 2020
(May 4, 2020)


Court of Federal Claims

IRIS Corporation Berhad v. U. S., No. 15-175C, May 14, 2020(May 15, 2020)

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Hitkansut LLC v. U. S., 2019-1884, May 1, 2020.  (May 4, 2020)


Court of Federal Claims

SSI Technology, Inc. v. U. S. and Fischer Panda Generators, No. 19-1947, May 12, 2020).  (May 14, 2020)

Harmonia Holdings Group, LLC v. U. S. and Alethix, LLC, No. 19-1421C, April 26, 2020.  (April 28, 2020)

HVF West, LLC v. U. S. and Lamb Depollution, Inc., No. 19-1308C, April 22, 2020.  (April 23, 2020)

Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Co., LLC v. U. S. and Trade West Construction, Inc., No. 20-309C, April 20, 2020.  (April 21, 2020)

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Eskridge & Associates vs. U. S. and Ansible Government Solutions, LLC, 2019-1862, April 15, 2020. (April 16, 2020)

Government Accountability Office

Ace-Federal Reporters, Inc., B-417846.4, B-417846.5: Apr 23, 2020.  (April 30, 2020)

22nd Century Technologies, Inc.--Reconsideration
B-417478.5: Apr 28, 2020
.  (April 30, 2020)

DGCI Corporation, B-418494: Apr 27, 2020. (April 29, 2020)

ValidaTek-CITI, LLC, B-418320.2, B-418320.3, B-418320.4: Apr 22, 2020. (April 29, 2020)

Qi Tech, LLC, B-416711.10: Apr 16, 2020.  (April 28, 2020)

Applied Sciences & Information Systems, Inc. B-418068, B-418068.2: Dec 26, 2019.  (April 28, 2020)

Bliss Pharmacy Services, B-418521: Apr 24, 2020.  (April 28, 2020)

SecTek, Inc., B-417852.2: Jan 13, 2020.  (April 24, 2020)

Acuity-Exemplar, JV, B-418428: Apr 7, 2020 (April 23, 2020)

Markit! Forestry Management, LLC--Costs, B-417910.3: Apr 7, 2020.  (April 22, 2020)

Peraton Inc., B-416916.5, B-416916.7: Apr 13, 2020.  (April 22, 2020)

T-Mobile USA, Inc., B-418394: Apr 8, 2020.  (April 22, 2020)

Sayres & Associates Corporation, B-418382: Mar 31, 2020.  (April 22, 2020)

Harmonia Holdings Group, LLC v: us. and Dev Technology Group, Inc.,  No. 19-674, April 21, 2020.  (April 22, 2020)

NIKA Technologies, Inc. v. U. S., No. 20-299C, April 21, 2020. (April 22, 2020)


Civilian Board of Contract Appeals

Valerie Lewis Janitorial, CBCA 4026, May 5, 2020. (May 15, 2020)

ITS Group Corp, CBCA 6621, May 12, 2020. (May 15, 2020)

Court of Federal Claims

JKB Solutions and Services, LLC v. U. S., No. 19-1390C, May 5, 2020. (May 6, 2020)

CanPro Investments Ltd. v. U. S., No. 16-268C, May 4, 2020(May 5, 2020)

North America Landscaping Construction & Dredge Co. v. U. S., No. 17-903C, April 30, 2020(May 4, 2020)

Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals

Reed International, Inc, ASBCA Nos. 61451, 61452, 61453, April 16, 2020.  (April 29, 2020)

East Coast Repair & Fabrication, LLC, ASBCA Nos. 60036, 60988, April 15, 2020.  (April 29, 2020)

CLC Construction Company, ASBCA No. 59110, April 15, 2020.  (April 29, 2020)

Parsons Government Services, Inc., ASBCA No. 62113, April 15, 2020.  (April 29, 2020)

Court of Federal Claims

Pacific Coast Community Services, Inc., v. U. S.,   No.19-1187, Filed: April 23, 2020.  (April 24, 2020)

Civilian Board of Contract Appeals

Pernix Serka Joint Venture, CBCA 5683, April 22, 2020 (April 23, 2020)

Woodfield Financial Center, LLC, CBCA 6655, April 15, 2020 (April 23, 2020)

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Contracting Reviews, Audits, & Assessments

National Science Foundation

NSF Could Improve Accountability for Its Vehicle Fleet and Recipient-titled Vehicles at Major Facilities (May 26, 2020)

Department of Energy

Safety Basis Assessment at the Hanford Site Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant Low-Activity Waste Facilit(May 26, 2020)


The JEDI Acquisition: Innovation Rejected.  By Vernon J. Edwards. 

Contracting News

The Rand Corporation

Building a Broader Evidence Base for Defense Acquisition Policymaking.  (May 21, 2020)

Department of Justice

Former Senior U.S. Navy Employee Charged for Role in Bribery Conspiracy and Lying to Investigators.  (May 21, 2020)

Department of Defense

DOD Adopts 'Zero Trust' Approach to Buying Microelectronics (May 20, 2020)

DOD Awards $134 Million Contract, Providing Personal Protective Equipment For Medical Personnel At 15,000 Nursing Homes.  (May 14, 2020)

Department of Justice

Former U.S. Marine Corps Subcontractor Pleads Guilty to Obstruction of Justice.  (May 14, 2020)

University to Pay $151,000 to Resolve Potential False Claims Liability.  (May 12, 2020)

Department of Defense

Department Announces Winners of the Fiscal Year 19 Nunn-Perry Award, Recognizing Excellence in the DOD Mentor Protégé Program. (May 13, 2020)

DOD Aims to Make Moves Easier With New Contract for Household Goods. (May 8, 2020)

The Rand Corporation

Protecting the U.S. Supply on Heavy Lift Launch Vehicles. (May 8, 2020)

Department of Defense

DOD Awards $126 Million Contract to 3M, Increasing Production of N95 Masks (May 7, 2020)

DOD Focuses on Sustaining Industrial Base Through Pandemic.  (May 6, 2020)

Department of Justice

Western Massachusetts Office Supply Company to Pay $450,000 to Resolve Allegations it Knowingly Caused False Claims to Federal Agencies (May 7, 2020)

Company agrees to pay nearly $1.4 million for underpaying Army and Air Force base food service provider (May 6, 2020)

U. S. Coast Guard

Keel authenticated for first offshore patrol cutter (May 5, 2020)

Department of Justice

Government Official and Contracting Executive Plead Guilty to Bribery Conspiracy.  (May 5, 2020)

Central New York Construction Companies and Others to Pay Nearly $4.5 Million to Resolve Allegations of Fraud Involving Contracting Opportunities Meant for Disabled Veterans (May 5, 2020)

Department of Defense

DOD Invests $3.6 Million for the Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Competition Winners(May 4, 2020)

Undersecretary Of Defense (A&S) Ellen Lord Holds a Press Briefing on COVID-19 Response Efforts(May 4, 2020)

GW Law

Confronting Fraud and Corruption Amid the Pandemic.  (April 29, 2020)

The Rand Corporation

Assessing the Impact of U.S. Air Force National Security Space Launch Acquisition Decisions. (April 29, 2020)

Department of Justice

Two Individuals Arrested for Conspiring to Violate the Defense Production Act. (April 29, 2020)

Department of Labor

Department Extends Deadline for Wage Survey of Building Construction Projects in Missouri’s Metropolitan Counties. (April 27, 2020)

Department of Defense

DOD Plans for Resumption of Normal Operations After Pandemic.  (April 27, 2020)

COVID-19 Plant Closures Affect DOD's Industrial Base.  (April 21, 2020)

DOD Announces New Allied Prototyping Initiative Effort with Norway to Continue Partnership in Advancing Solid Fuel Ramjet Technologies.  (April 21, 2020)

Department of Justice

Operator of durable medical equipment company charged in multi-million-dollar telemedicine kickback scheme.  (April 17, 2020)

Department of Energy

Preliminary Notice of Violation Issued Related to Nuclear Criticality Control Weaknesses at Y-12 National Security Complex.  (April 16, 2020)

Department of Justice

Reference Laboratory, Pain Clinic, and Two Individuals Agree to Pay $41 Million to Resolve Allegations of Unnecessary Urine Drug Testing. (April 16, 2020)

Contracting Reviews, Audits, & Assessments

Government Accountability Office

Cost-Type Contracts: Procedures Needed for Sharing Information on Contract Choice among Military Departments (May 20, 2020)

2020 Annual Report: Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Billions in Financial Benefits (May 20, 2020)

Department of Energy

Federal Operational Readiness Review Assessment at the Savannah River Site Salt Waste Processing Facility (May 20, 2020)

Department of Defense

Audit of Military Department Management of Undefinitized Contract Actions. (May 15, 2020)

Government Accountability Office

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Actions Needed to Address Manufacturing and Modernization Risks.  (May 13, 2020)

Hanford Waste Treatment Plant: DOE Is Pursuing Pretreatment Alternatives, but Its Strategy Is Unclear While Costs Continue to Rise. (May 13, 2020)

Navy Ship Maintenance: Evaluating Pilot Program Outcomes Could Inform Decisions to Address Persistent Schedule Challenges.  (May 12, 2020)

Department of Energy

Safety Basis Assessment at the Savannah River Tritium Facility. (May 13, 2020)

Safety Basis Training and Qualification Assessment at the Hanford Site. (May 12, 2020)

DHS Service Contracts: Increased Oversight Needed to Reduce the Risk Associated with Contractors Performing Certain Functions.  (May 8, 2020)

Foreign Military Sales: DOD Should Further Strengthen Financial Oversight of Transportation Fees.  (May 7, 2020)

Department of the Interior

Where’s the Money? DOI Use of CARES Act Funds, As of April 28, 2020.  (May 6, 2020)

Department of Defense

DoD’s Management of Health and Safety Hazards in Government-Owned and Government-Controlled Military Family Housing.  (May 5, 2020)

Department of Energy

Preliminary Documented Safety Analysis Assessment at the Hanford Site Tank Farms Tank Side Cesium Removal Project.  (May 4, 2020)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA: Assessments of Major Projects.  (April 30, 2020)

Railroad Retirement Board

Railroad Retirement Board's Telework Program Needs Improvement.  (April 27, 2020)

Department of State

The Bureau of African Affairs Should Improve Performance Work Statements and Increase Subject Matter Expertise for Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership Projects.  (April 27, 2020)


Observations on Risks to the Acela 21 Information Technology Program Element. (April 27, 2020)

Employee Terminated for Violating Conflict of Interest Policy.  (April 24, 2020)

Postal Service

Contract Closeout Process.  (April 23, 2020)

Government Accountability Office

Defense Infrastructure: Army Should Assess Progress in Standardizing Designs for Facility Construction.  (April 23, 2020)

Department of State

Legal Determination Concerning Department of State Non-Acquisition Interagency Agreements Is Needed.  (April 20, 2020)

Department of Energy

Radioactive Waste Management at the Y-12 National Security Complex Interim Report.  (April 20, 2020)

Government Accountability Office

Defense Acquisitions: Action Is Needed to Provide Clarity and Mitigate Risks of the Air Force's Planned Advanced Battle Management System. (April 17, 2020)

Presidential Helicopter: Program is Meeting Cost Goals but Some Technical and Schedule Risks Remain.  (April 17, 2020)

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