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Rules & Tools

Bureau of Industry and Security

Amendments Implementing Additional Phase of India-U.S. Export Control Cooperation (January 19, 2017)

Department of Defense

Other Transactions Guide for Prototype Projects (January 19, 2017)

Department of Energy

Acquisition Guide Chapter 30.201, DOE’s Oversight of Certain Contractor Defined Benefit Pension Plans and Its Effect on Contracts, Cost Accounting Standards Compliance, and Audits (January 19, 2017)

Office of Management and Budget

“Service Contract Inventories (January 17, 2017)” (January 19, 2017)

Federal Acquisition Regulation

FAR Case 2015-033:  Sustainable Acquisition.  (January 18, 2017)

Department of Transportation

Extension of Contracting Initiative Pilot Program (January 18, 2017)

Federal Transit Administration

Buy America Handbook-Conducting Pre-Award and Post-Delivery Audits for Rolling Stock Procurements (January 17, 2017)

Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-95

Introduction (January 13, 2017)

FAR Case 2013-014:  Uniform Use of Line Items.  (January 13, 2017)

FAR Case 2016-004:  Acquisition Threshold for Special Emergency Procurement Authority.  (January 13, 2017)

FAR Case 2015-012:  Contractor Employee Internal Confidentiality Agreements or Statements.  (January 13, 2017)

FAR Case 2012-022:  Contracts Under the Small Business Administration 8(a) Program.  (January 13, 2017)

FAR Case 2015-016:  Prohibition on Reimbursement for Congressional Investigations and Inquiries.  (January 13, 2017)

Small Entity Compliance Guide (January 13, 2017)

Department of Agriculture

Designation of Product Categories for Federal Procurement (January 13, 2017)

Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled

Procurement List

Office of Federal Procurement Policy

Extension of Policy to Provide Accelerated Payment to Small Businesses and Small Business Subcontractors (January 12, 2017)

National Archives and Records
Administration

Proposed revision of National Industrial Security Program < (January 11, 2017)

General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation

Fair Opportunity Complaints on GSA Contracts (January 9, 2017)

Department of Labor

Updating Regulations Issued Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Service Contract Act, Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act. . . .  (January 9, 2017)

Office of Federal Procurement Policy

”Myth-Busting 3”: Further Improving Industry Communication with Effective Debriefings.  (January 6, 2017)

Department of Defense

Implementation of Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement Final Rule 2016-D002, Enhancing the Effectiveness of Independent Research and Development (January 5, 2017)

Fiscal Service

Prompt Payment Interest Rate; Contract Disputes Act (January 4, 2017)

Office of Management and Budget

Preparing for and Responding to a Breach of Personally Identifiable Information (January 4, 2017)

General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation

GSAR Change 80; GSAR Case 2016-G508:  Update Contract Reporting Responsibilities.  (January 3, 2017)

Federal Management Regulation

Transportation Prepayment Audit Requirements.  (January 3, 2017)

Department of Energy

Paycheck Transparency and Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors (December 29, 2016)

Small Business Administration

Correction to Small Business Mentor Protégé Programs.  (December 27, 2016)

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement

Rules

DFARS Case 2015-D026:  Contract Financing.  (December 22, 2016)

DFARS Case 2017-D001:  New Qualifying Country -- Estonia.  (December 22, 2016)

Proposed Rules

DFARS Case 2016-D015:  Competition for Religious-Related Services Contracts.  (December 22, 2016)

DFARS Case 2016-D017:  Independent Research and Development Expenses.  (December 22, 2016)

Legal Services Corporation

Extension of Comment period.  Definitions; Cost Standards and Procedures; Purchasing and Property Management (December 21, 2016)

Small Business Administration

Correction to rule on:  North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 31-33, Manufacturing (December 21, 2016)

Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-94

Introduction (December 20, 2016)

FAR Case 2010-13:  Privacy Training.  (December 20, 2016)

FAR Case 2014-004:  Payment of Subcontractors.  (December 20, 2016)

Small Entity Compliance Guide (December 20, 2016)

Department of the Air Force

Consent Orders:  Lockheed Martin Corp., the Boeing Co., and United Launch Alliance, LLC.  (December 19, 2016)

Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-93

Introduction (December 16, 2016)

FAR Case 2014-025:  Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces; Injunction.  (December 16, 2016)

FAR Case 2017-001:  Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors.  (December 16, 2016)

Small Entity Compliance Guide (December 16, 2016)

NASA Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement

NFS Case 2016-N024:  Contractor Financial Reporting of Property.  (December 16, 2016)

More Rules

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Protests

Comptroller General

Price evaluation, unbalanced pricing.  See Crown Point Systems B-413940,B-413940.2: Jan 11, 2017 (January 20, 2017)


BLOGS

NCMA Executive Director

The Prime/Sub Conundrum. Read

Wifcon Blog

A Contracting Officer In The Midst Of A Maelstrom.  Read

Don Mansfield

FAR/DFARS/DoD Class Deviations Provision and Clause Matrix. Read.

Vern Edwards

Core Competencies? Outsourcing? Read.

Emptor Cautus

April Fools’ Day in Federal Acquisition. Read.

Bob Antonio

Wifcon.com: My Legacy; My Albatross. Read.


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Protests

Court of Federal Claims

Overhead costs, cost realism analysisSee IT Shows, Inc., v U. S. and Social Solutions International, Inc. No. 16-1259C January 17, 2017 (January 19, 2017)

Untimely protest.  See York Telecom Company v. U. S., No. 15-489C, January 13, 2017 (January 18, 2017)

Comptroller General

Canceling an existing solicitation.  See Walker Development & Trading Group, Inc. B-413924: Jan 12, 2017 (January 17, 2017)

Highest technically rated offerors with a fair and reasonable price source selection process.  See Sevatec, Inc.; InfoReliance Corporation; Enterprise Information Services, Inc.; Buchanan & Edwards, Inc. B-413559.3, B-413559.4, B-413559.6, B-413559.7: Jan 11, 2017.  (January 12, 2016)

Court of Federal Claims

Temporary restraining order.  See Munilla Construction Management, LLC v, U. S. Seaward Services, Inc. No. 16-1684C, January 10, 2017 (January 11, 2016)

Comptroller General

Federal Supply Schedule, market research.  See Phoenix Environmental Design, Inc. B-413833: Jan 5, 2017 (January 10, 2017)

Restrictive provisions.  See Sumaria Systems, Inc. B-413508.2: Dec 29, 2016 (January 10, 2016)

Court of Federal Claims

Opportunity to cure its error, discretionary, not mandatory.  See Strategic Business Solutions, Inc. v. U. S., No. 16-81C, January 3, 2017 (January 6, 2017)

Comptroller General

Competitive range determination.  See AMEC-Gilbane, JV B-413778, B-413778.2: Dec 22, 2016 (January 5, 2017)

Subcontractor's past performance.  See Global Science & Technology, Inc. B-413765, B-413765.2: Dec 22, 2016 (January 5, 2017)

Lowest-priced, technically acceptable, competitive range.  See Environmental Restoration, LLC B-413781: Dec 30, 2016 (January 4, 2017)

Late electronically transmitted proposal.  See Washingtonian Coach Corporation B-413809: Dec 28, 2016 (December 29, 2016)

Restrictive provisions.  See Evolver Inc.; Armed Forces Services Corporation B-413559.2, B-413559.8: Dec 21, 2016 (December 28, 2016)

Conversion of best value to lowest price, technically acceptable selection.  See Patriot Solutions, LLC B-413779: Dec 22, 2016 (December 27, 2016)

Neutral rating.  See Xtreme Concepts Inc B-413711: Dec 19, 2016 (December 27, 2016)

Costs, corrective action, undue delay, clearly meritorious protest.  See Technatomy Corporation; Octo Consulting Group, Inc.--Costs B-413116.49, B-413116.50: Dec 14, 2016 (December 20, 2016)

Items on schedule contract.  See T. S. Marshall & Associates, Inc. B-413854: Dec 15, 2016 (December 20, 2016)

Cost Realism Evaluation.  See Target Media Mid Atlantic, Inc. B-412468.6: Dec 6, 2016 (December 19, 2016)

Agency corrective action, discussions, limitations on final proposal provisions.  See  Deloitte Consulting, LLP B-412125.6: Nov 28, 2016.  (December 15, 2016)

Low price, Berry Amendment.  See Inspire International B-413798: Dec 8, 2016 (December 12, 2016)

More Legal

Audits

Government Accountability Office

Defense Infrastructure:  DOD Needs Clearer Guidance on Notifying Congress of Privately Financed Construction Projects (January 20, 2017)

Department of Energy

Enterprise Assessments Assessment of Nevada National Security Site Radioactive Waste Disposal Facilities (January 20, 2017)

Assessment of Work Planning and Control at the Portsmouth Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Conversion Facility (January 20, 2017)


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Legislation

The legislation page has been updated for the 115th Congress.  (January 9, 2017)

News

Department of Defense

Defense Acquisition Chief Lays Out Hard-Won Lessons
(January 19, 2017)Department of Justice

Rolls-Royce plc Agrees to Pay $170 Million Criminal Penalty to Resolve Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Case (January 18, 2017)

Construction Company Owner Charged with Paying Over $1 Million in Bribes for City of Atlanta Contracts.

Department of Defense

DoD Announces Robotics Manufacturing Institute Award Recipient (January 17, 2017)

Department of Justice

Construction Company Owner, KC Veteran Indicted in $13.8 Million 'Rent-A-Vet' Scheme (January 17, 2017)

National Park Service, Department of Energy

Manhattan Project NHP: A new and budding partnership (January 13, 2017)

Department of Justice

Fat Leonard Scandal:  Navy Officer Sentenced to 30 Months in Expanding Bribery and Fraud Investigation (January 13, 2017)

Shire PLC Subsidiaries to Pay $350 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations (January 12, 2017)

General Services Administration

GSA releases statement on Old Post Office lease (January 12, 2017)

Defense Contract Management Agency

My DCMA: Ning Santiago (January 9, 2017)

Department of Justice

Arkansas State Representative Pleads Guilty to Bribe Conspiracy (January 5, 2017)

Defense Contract Management Agency

DCMA Pittsburgh hosts first defense contractor town hall (January 5, 2017)

Wifcon.com

Wifcon.com's 17th Annual Analysis of the National Defense Authorization Act is available.  (December 30, 2016)

Department of Justice

Arkansas State Representative Pleads Guilty to Bribe Conspiracy (January 5, 2017)

Defense Contractor Agrees to $4.535 Million Settlement for Alleged False Claim Act Violations (December 29, 2016)

Four Businessmen and Two Foreign Officials Plead Guilty in Connection with Bribes Paid to Mexican Aviation Officials (December 28, 2016)

Former DOD Employee Sentenced for Stealing Government Property (December 21, 2016)

GAO's FY 2016 Bid Protest Statistics

These are on the Comptroller General Bid Protest Statistics.  You can check them out for as far back as FY 1997.  (December 20, 2016)

Department of Justice

Chinese National Admits to Stealing Sensitive Military Program Documents From Federal Contractor (December 20, 2016)

Construction Companies, Senior Corporate Officers to Pay $1M to Settle False Claims Act Allegations (December 20, 2016)

Contractor to Pay $2.5 Million to Resolve Claims Concerning Military Aircraft Engine Components (December 20, 2016)

U. S. Coast Guard

Coast Guard Accepts Eighth Missionized HC-130J (December 20, 2016)

National Nuclear Security Administration

National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia (NTESS) awarded contract for Sandia National Laboratories Management & Operating Contract (December 19, 2016)

Department of Justice

Former VA Podiatry Chief and Company CEO Indicted for Health Care Fraud Scheme (December 19 2016)

U. S. Coast Guard

Sixth National Security Cutter Delivered To Coast Guard (December 19, 2016)

Department of Justice

ThunderCat Agrees to Civil Settlement for Bid-Rigging and Kickback Schemes (December 16, 2016)

Justice Department Recovers Over $4.7 Billion From False Claims Act Cases in Fiscal Year 2016 (December 15, 2016)

Audits

Department of Defense

Combined Security Transition Command–Afghanistan Improved Controls Over U.S.‑Funded Ministry of Defense Fuel Contracts, but Further Improvements are Needed (Redacted) (January 17, 2017)

Department of Energy

Follow-up Assessment of Progress on Actions Taken to Address Tank Vapor Concerns at the Hanford Site (January 12, 2017)

National Space and Aeronautics Administration

Federal Information Security Modernization Act: Fiscal Year 2016 Evaluation.  (January 11, 2016)

Department of Energy

Bonneville Power Administration’s Contractor Workforce (January 9, 2016)

Assessment of Quality Assurance, Receipt Inspections, Contractor Assurance System and Engineering Processes at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.  (January 3, 2016)

Assessment of Construction Quality, Hanford Site Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant.  (January 3, 2016)

Assessment of the Emergency Management Program at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (December 27, 2016)

Assessment of the Safety System Management at the Savannah River Site Tritium Facility (December 27, 2016)

Department of Justice

Audit of the Federal Bureau of Prisons' Contract with CoreCivic, Inc. to Operate the Adams County Correctional Center in Natchez, Mississippi (December 21, 2016)

U. S. Postal Service

Self- Certification Process for Domestic Competitive Product Negotiated Service Agreements (December 19, 2016)

Department of Energy

Assessment of Work Planning and Control at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (December 19, 2016)

Department of Defense

The Army Did Not Have Assurance That Heavy Lift Contractors in Kuwait Complied With Contract Requirements (December 16, 2016)

Department of Justice

Audit of Private Contract Prison in Pecos, TX, Results in Repayments and Cost Savings Totaling $4.7 Million (December 15, 2016)

U. S. Postal Service

Most Favored Customer Pricing (December 15, 2016)

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