Contracting Rules and Tools

Department of Defense

Class Deviation 2019-O0004:  Authority to Acquire Products and Services Produced in Afghanistan or in Countries Along a Major Route of Supply to Afghanistan.  (December 17, 2018)

Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled

Procurement List

Department of Energy

Short-Term Cost-Share Pilot Program from the Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act.  (December 14, 2018)

Federal Acquisition Regulation

Information collection

Value Engineering Requirements.  (December 13, 2018)

Authorized Negotiators and Integrity of Unit Prices (December 13, 2018)

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation

DFARS Case 2019-D001:  Public meting scheduled.  (December 12, 2018)

Department of Energy

Class Deviation to Remove the Requirement for Best Procurement Approach Determination to use an Interagency Acquisition.  (December 12, 2018)

Implementation of Division A, Title III and Title V of the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019, Pub. L. No. 115-244.  (December 12, 2018)

Office of Management and Budget

Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Agencies by enhancing the High Value Asset Program.  (December 11, 2018)

Department of Defense

Documentation Requirements on Contractor Pricing Proposals Deemed Inadequate by Defense Contract Audit Agency.  (December 11, 2018)

Federal Acquisition Regulation

Information collection

Use of Products and Services of Kaspersky Lab.  (December 7, 2018)

General Services Administration

Notice of Rescission of GSA Bulletin Federal
Management Reguation (FMR) D-1, Transportation Management
.  (December 6, 2018)

Department of Energy

DOE Acquisition Guide Chapter 13.301, Purchase Card Policy and Operating Procedures.  (December 6, 2018)

AL 2019-01 Use of Products and Services of Kaspersky Lab.  (December 6, 2018)

Federal Acquisition Regulation

FAR Case 2016-011:  Limitations on Subcontracting.  (December 4, 2018)

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation

DFARS Case 2018-D073:  Documentation for Interagency Contracts.  (December 4, 2018)

DFARS Case 2018-D025:  Modification of DFARS Clause "Surge Option"  (December 4, 2018)

DFARS Case 2018-D007:  Sunset of Provision Relating to the Procurement of Certain Goods.  (December 4, 2018)

DFARS Case 2018-D010:  Restrictions on Use of Lowest Priced Technically Acceptable Source Selection Process.  (December 4, 2018)

DFARS Case 2018-D057:  Small Business Set-Asides for Architect-Engineer and Construction Design Contracts.  (December 4, 2018)

Department of Defense

Class Deviation 2019-O0003:  Limitations on Subcontracting for Small Business.  (December 4, 2018)

Small Business Administration

National Defense Authorization Acts, Recovery Improvements for Small Entities after Disaster Act.  (December 4, 2018)

Federal Acquisition Regulation

Information collection

Claims and Appeals.  (December 3, 2018)

Identification of Predecessors.  (December 3, 2018)

Subcontract Consent and Contractors' Purchasing System Review.  (December 3, 2018)

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

Announcement of New Policies.  (December 3, 2018)

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Government Accountability Office

Safeguard Base Operations, LLC B-415588.6, B-415588.7: Dec 14, 2018 (denied).  (December 19, 2018)

Parsons Government Services, Inc. B-416771, B-416771.2, B-416771.3: Dec 12, 2018 (denied).  (December 19, 2018)

Merrill Aviation & Defense B-416837, B-416837.2: Dec 11, 2018 (denied).  (December 19, 2018)

Coffman Engineers, Inc. B-416724, B-416724.2: Nov 28, 2018 (denied).  (December 19, 2018)

A. Finkl and Sons, Co. DBA Finkl Steel B-416582.4: Dec 10, 2018 (denied).  (December 19, 2018)

Court of Federal Claims

Telesis Corporation No. 18-1119C, December 18, 2018 (dismissed)  (December 19, 2018)



Expresser Transport Corporation, December 7, 2018 (denied)  (December 19, 2018)


Don Mansfield

Plain Language Writing Contest. Read.

Wifcon Blog

Congress Passes Too Much Acquisition Legislation.  Read.

Emptor Cautus

Acquisition Reform ― Itís Soylent Green!  Read.


Bid Protests

Court of Federal Claims

Integral Consulting Services, Inc., No. 18-977, December 13, 2018.  (December 14, 2018)

Government Accountability Office

Pitney Bowes, Inc. B-416787: Dec 6, 2018. (denied)  (December 17, 2018)

Visual Connections, LLC B-416759: Dec 4, 2018.  (denied)  (December 17, 2018)

eReceivables, Inc. B-416773: Dec 12, 2018 (denied).  (December 14, 2018)

OMNIPLEX World Services Corporation
B-415988.2: Dec 12, 2018 (denied).  (December 14, 2018)

Tactical Shipping, LLC B-416223.4, B-416223.5: Sep 5, 2018  (December 14, 2018)

Al Baz 2000 Trading & Contracting Company, W.L.C. B-416622.2: Dec 12, 2018.  (December 13, 2018)

Al Qabandi United Company, W.L.L. B-415353.8: Dec 11, 2018.  (December 13, 2018)

Advancing Technology Systems II B-415464.4, B-415464.5: Dec 10, 2018.  (December 13, 2018)

Tatitlek Technologies, Inc. B-416711, B-416711.2, B-416711.3,B-416711.4: Nov 28, 2018.  (December 13, 2018)

US21, Inc. B-415045.9: Sep 10, 2018.  (December 13, 2018)



First Kuwaiti Trading & Contracting, W.L.L..  (December 12, 2018)

Hof Construction, Inc., CBCA 6306, December 12, 2018.  (December 14, 2018)

U.S. Army Tactical Supply, CBCA 5989, 6066, 6067, 6068, 6082, December 12, 2018.  (December 14, 2018)

G.E.M. Constructors, Inc., December 10, 2018.  (December 14, 2018)

Court of Federal Claims

Veteran Shredding, LLC, No. 18-981, December 6, 2018.  (December 11, 2018)

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

DynCorp International, LLC, 2018-1209, December 10, 2018.  (December 11, 2018)

Government Accountability Office

International Business Machines Corporation B-416657.5, B-416657.6: Dec 11, 2018.  (December 12, 2018)

SDVOSB, recertification at task orders.  See The Oryza Group, LLC B-416719, B-416719.2: Nov 26, 2018.  (December 6, 2018)

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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney Announces $110,000 Settlement With Tech Company And Its CEO To Resolve Allegations Of False Claims On Defense Procurement Contract.  (December 19, 2018)

Contracting Audits

Government Accountability Office

Buy American Act: Actions Needed to Improve Exception and Waiver Reporting and Selected Agency Guidance.  (December 19, 2018)



A new article entitled:  Three Competing Options for Acquiring Innovation.  (December 13, 2018)

Contracting News

Department of Justice

United States Sues Freight Companies for Systematic Overcharging of Shipments.  (December 17, 2018)

Department of Defense

Officials Detail Progress on Security Clearance Investigations, Transfer to DOD.  (December 17, 2018)

Four South Florida Residents and Jet Link, Inc. Charged with Aircraft Parts Fraud.  (December 14, 2018)

NASA Facility Chief Guilty of Receiving Illegal Gratuities.  (December 13, 2018)

House of Representatives

Hearing entitled:  Review of Recent GAO Reports on Icebreaker Acquisition and the Need for a National Maritime Strategy.  (November 30, 2018)

Department of Justice

Former Executive Director of Military Charity Found Guilty of Fraud and Tax Evasion.  (November 30, 2018)

Contractor officials sentenced for roles in conspiracy that led to illegal dumping of munitions and explosion at Camp Minden.  (November 30, 2018)

General Services Acquisition Regulation

GSA Announces Transformation of Multiple Awards Schedules.  (November 28, 2018)

The Rand Corporation

Preliminary Feasibility Assessment of DoD-VA Purchased Care Integration.  (November 28, 2018)

Department of Defense

The 2018 Pricing and Contracting Legends Award - Call for Nominations.  (November 28, 2018)

Department of Justice

Former Business Partner of U.S. Military Contractor Sentenced to Prison for Bribery Scheme Related to Contracts in Support of Iraq War.  (November 27, 2018)

Contracting Audits

Government Accountability Office

Federal Law Enforcement: Purchases and Inventory Controls of Firearms, Ammunition, and Tactical Equipment.  (December 14, 2018)

VA Construction: Strengthened Pilot Design and a Dedicated Team Could Improve Real-Property Donation Pilot Program.  (December 14, 2018)

Department of Veterans Affairs

Alleged Improper Contracting Practices within the Office of Product Effectiveness, Washington, DC.  (December 13, 2018)

Department of State

Information Report: The Bureau of Administration Took Action To Address Expired Office of Facilities Management Services Contracts.  (December 13, 2018)

Government Accountability Office

Information Technology: Agencies Need Better Information on the Use of Noncompetitive and Bridge Contracts.  (December 12, 2018)

2017 Disaster Contracting: Action Needed to Better Ensure More Effective Use and Management of Advance Contracts.  (December 7, 2018)

Nuclear Weapons: NNSA Has Taken Steps to Prepare to Restart a Program to Replace the W78 Warhead Capability.  (December 3, 2018)

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