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Department of Agriculture

Designation of Product Categories for Federal Procurement (February 21, 2017)

Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Veteran-Owned Small Business Verification Guidelines (February 21, 2017)


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Rules & Tools

Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled

Procurement List

Department of Energy

Acquisition Guide Chapter 5.201, Synopsizing Proposed Non-Competitive Contract Actions Citing the Authority of FAR 6.302-1 (February 6, 2017)

Department of Defense

The Richard ‘Dick’ Ginman Contingency Contracting Officer Excellence Award.  (February 1, 2017)

Office of Personnel Management

Federal Civilian Hiring Freeze Guidance (February 1, 2017)

Department of the Army

Military Freight Traffic Unified Rules Publication: New Carrier Performance Standard.  (January 31, 2017)

The White House

Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.  (January 31, 2017)

Department of Defense

Request for Fiscal Year 2016 Competition Report and Establishment of FY 2017 Competition Goals (January 30, 2017)

The White House

Regulatory Freeze Pending Review (January 24, 2017)

Federal Acquisition Regulation

FAR Case 2016-005:  Effective Communication between Government and Industry.  (January 23, 2017)

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)

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Protests

Court of Federal Claims

Unbalanced pricing.  See Munilla Construction Management, LLC v. U. S. and Seaward Services, Inc., No. 16-1684C, February 15, 2017 (February 16, 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

Agency failed to conduct a proper Price Realism Analysis.  See Active Network, LLC v. U.S. and Booz Allen Hamilton, No. 16-1071C, February 14, 2017(February 15, 2017)

Comptroller General

Cost realism analysis, adjustments to cost proposal, most, most probable cost.  See Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc. B-414056, B-414056.2, B-414056.: Jan 31, 2017 (February 14, 2017)

Cost adjustment, direct labor rates, application of a standard deviation methodology, labor categories skewed standard deviation, prejudice.  See Noblis, Inc. B-414055: Feb 1, 2017 (February 13, 2017)

Independent government estimate, unreasonable high bids.  See 4H Construction Corporation B-413558.4: Feb 8, 2017.  (February 10, 2017)

Court of Federal Claims

Price realism analysis.  See System Dynamics International, Inc. v U. S. and Cruz Associates, Inc., No. 16-710 C, February 7, 2017 (February 9, 2017)

Comptroller General

FAR provision 52.222‑46, price realism analysis.  See MicroTechnologies, LLC B-413091.4: Feb 3, 2017 (February 9, 2017)

Duty to seek clarification.  See Alltech Engineering Corp. B-414002.2: Feb 6, 2017 (February 8, 2017)

Redaction of offeror's identity.  See Soliel, LLC B-414060: Jan 26, 2017 (February 8, 2017)

Conditional pricing.  See Omnicell, Inc. B-414021, B-414021.2: Jan 23, 2017.  (February 3, 2017)

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Legislation

The legislation page has been updated for the 115th Congress.  (February 21, 2017)

News

Department of Justice

Former Federal Contract Employee Sentenced For Falsifying Timesheets at Two Agencies (February 21, 2017)

Audits

Department of Defense

Evaluation of Defense Contract Management Agency Contracting Officer Actions on Defense Contract Audit Agency Incurred Cost Audit Reports (February 21, 2017)

Department of Energy

Quality Assurance for River Corridor Closure Contract Procurements (February 21, 2017)

Department of Health and Human Services

OIG Online Portfolio: Drug Pricing and Reimbursement (February 21, 2017)


Legislation

The legislation page has been updated for the 115th Congress.  (February 13, 2017)

News

Department of Justice

Navy Commander Charged as Part of Corrupt “Brotherhood” that Accepted Luxury Travel and Prostitutes from Foreign Defense Contractor (February 17, 2017)

Department of Defense

New DoD Electronic Medical Record System Called A Success.  (
February 16, 2017)

General Services Administration

GSA Federal Acquisition Service to Host Acquisition Training Symposium.  (February 16, 2017)

Defense Contract Management Agency

My DCMA: Operation Research Analyst.  (February 13, 2017)

Department of Justice

Government Contractor Facing Federal Indictment for Willful Retention of National Defense Information (February 9, 2017)

Contractor Agrees to Pay $3.8 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations for Double-Charging on Internal Revenue Service Contract (February 9, 2017)

Defense Contract Management Agency

Manufacturing, production employees slash delinquent contract schedules (February 9, 2017)

U. S. House of Representatives

Assessing The VA IT Landscape: Progress And Challenges (February 8, 2017)

Department of Justice

New Jersey Translations Company to Pay U.S. $1.5 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations (February 8, 2017)

Nigerian Man Sentenced to Prison for DoD Contract Fraud Scheme.  (February 6, 2017)

Cabot Man and Former Federal Employee Pleads Guilty to Conflict of Interest Regarding USDA Contracts (February 1, 2017)

Audits

Government Accountability Office

Army Corps of Engineers:  Factors Contributing to Cost Increases and Schedule Delays in the Olmsted Locks and Dam Project.  (February 17, 2017)

NASA Commercial Crew Program:  Schedule Pressure Increases as Contractors Delay Key Events(February 17, 2017)

Department of Justice

Findings of Misconduct by an FBI Senior Executive for Violating Federal Conflict of Interest Rules (February 16, 2017)

Environmental Protection Agency

Risk for EPA’s Fiscal Year 2016 Purchase Card and Convenience Check Program Warrants an Audit (February 15, 2017)

Government Accountability Office

Government Purchase Cards: Little Evidence of Potential Fraud Found in Small Purchases, but Documentation Issues Exist (February 15, 2017)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Audit of Industrial Control System Security within NASA's Critical and Supporting Infrastructure (February 9, 2017)

Government Accountability Office

Information Technology: HUD Needs to Address Significant Weaknesses in Its Cost Estimating Practices (February 8, 2017)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Security of NASA's Cloud Computing Services (February 8, 2017)

Department of Commerce

Audit of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite–R Series: Improvements in Testing, Contract Management, and Transparency Are Needed to Control Costs, Schedule, and Risks (February 7, 2017)

Department of Defense

Defense Organization Officials Did Not Consistently Comply With Requirements for Assessing Contractor Performance.  (February 6, 2017)

Defense Logistics Agency Aviation Negotiated Fair and Reasonable Prices for F402 Engine Spare Parts, but Pricing Errors and Late Deliveries Occurred (Redacted) (February 6, 2017)

Department of Veterans Affairs

Review of Alleged Improperly Sole Sourced Ophthalmology Service Contracts at the Phoenix VA Health Care System (February 2, 2017)

Review of Alleged Waste of Funds on a Cloud Brokerage Service Contract.  (February 1, 2017)

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