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Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled

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Contracting Rules & Tools

General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation

GSAR Case 2015-G512:  Unenforceable Commercial Supplier Agreement Terms.  (February 22, 2018)

Department of Veterans Affairs

Revising and Streamlining VA Acquisition Regulations to Adhere to Federal Acquisition Regulation Principles (February 21, 2018)

Civilian Agency Acquisition Council

CAAC Letter 2018-02:  Class Deviation from the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Increasing the Micro-Purchase Threshold and the Simplified Acquisition Threshold.  (February 20, 2018)

Department of Energy

Acquisition Guide Update to Chapters 6.102, 19.2, 70.42.101, 70.1707 and 71.4, Deletion of Chapter 70.17 (February 20, 2018)

Department of Defense

“Procurement Administrative Lead Time” or “PALT” and the plan for measuring and publicly reporting data on PALT for Department of Defense contracts and task orders above the simplified acquisition threshold (February 9, 2018)

Federal Acquisition Regulation

Information collection

Prohibition of Acquisition of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor (February 9, 2018)

Department of Defense

Department of Defense Guidebook for Acquiring Commercial Items (February 8, 2018)

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation

DFARS Case 2016-D006:  Procurement of Commercial Items.  (January 31, 2018)

DFARS Case 2018-D004:  State Sponsor of Terrorism-North Korea.  (January 31, 2018)

Small Business Administration

Ownership and Control of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concerns (January 29, 2018)

The White House

Defense Production Act of 1950:  Determination (Presidential Determination No. 2018-03 of January 23, 2018).  (January 25, 2018)

Defense Production Act of 1950:  Determination (Presidential Determination No. 2018-04 of January 23, 2018).  (January 25, 2018)

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Bid Protests

Comptroller General

Jurisdiction, management and operating contractor, subcontract.  See Peter Vander Werff Construction, Inc. B-415676: Feb 6, 2018 (February 23, 2018)


Don Mansfield

Acquisition Mentoring Program Survey. Read.

Wifcon Blog

Congress Passes Too Much Acquisition Legislation.  Read

NCMA Executive Director

“Cutting the Cord” in Contract Management—Faster than Expected. Read

Vern Edwards

Warning To Proposal Writers (and Agency Evaluators). Read.

Emptor Cautus

Acquisition Reform ― It’s Soylent Green!  Read.

Bob Antonio

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


Bid Protests

Comptroller General

Unequal evaluation of quotation.  Transworld Systems, Inc.; Account Control Technology, Inc. B-414090.13, B-414090.14, B-414090.15, B-414090.16: Dec 22, 2017 (February 22, 2018)

Trade-off decision, documentation.  See ManTech Advanced Systems International, Inc. B-415497: Jan 18, 2018 (February 22, 2018)

Misrepresentation.  See CSI Aviation, Inc. B-415631, B-415631.3, B-415631.4: Feb 7, 2018 (February 20, 2018)

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

May or must.  See Strategic Business Solutions, Inc. v. U. S., No. 2017-1418, February 14, 2018 (February 16, 2018)

Comptroller General

Agency corrective action, agency decision on the scope of proposal revisions.  See Castro & Company, LLC B-415508.4: Feb 13, 2018 (February 15, 2018)

Evaluation of task order proposals.  See  BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services, Inc. B-414931.2, B-414931.3: Dec 20, 2017 (February 15, 2018)

Court of Federal Claims

Agency corrective action.  See HESCO Bastion Ltd. v. U. S. and JSF Systems, LLC, No. 17-1977C, January 29, 2018.  (February 12, 2018)

Comptroller General

Blanket Purchase Agreement, on-ramp procedures.  See Al Baz 2000 General Trading & Contracting Company W.L.L. B-415353.5: Feb 12, 2018 (February 14, 2018)

Jurisdiction, Federal Finance Housing Agency's conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. See S. E. James & Company B-415733: Feb 7, 2018 (February 14, 2018)

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Contracting Audits

Social Security Administration

Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Purchase Card Project (February 23, 2018)

Contracting Legislation

The Legislation page is updated.  (February 12, 2018)

Contracting News

Department of Justice

Chief Executive Officer of Armored Vehicle Company Sentenced to More Than Five Years in Prison for Role in Scheme to Defraud the United States (February 21, 2018)

Utah Resident Pleads Guilty To Devising Scheme To Obtain Construction Contracts Set Aside For Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (February 20, 2018)

Former CEO and Executive Management of Defense Contractor Pleads Guilty to $8.1 Million "Made In The USA" Marketing Scheme and Government Contract Fraud (February 20, 2018)

Defense Contract Management Agency

My DCMA:  Lead Quality Assurance Specialist (February 20, 2018)

DCMA Boeing Seattle delivers international success (February 15, 2018)

Department of Justice

Federal Jury Finds Scientist Guilty Of Defrauding NASA, Navy, And Missile Defense Agency (February 13, 2018)

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Ranking Member's letter requesting the issuance of subpoena in regard to FEMA contract with Atlanta contractor [Note:  Although somewhat partisan, this letter contains useful footnotes and information.]  (February 12, 2018)

Department of Justice

Brooklyn Man Charged With Demanding And Receiving Kickbacks On Federally Funded Construction Contract (February 9, 2018)

Defense Contractor Agrees To Pay Over A Half-Million Dollars To Settle False Claims Act Allegations Relating To Charging Unallowable Costs On Army Contract (February 7, 2018)

Contracting Audits

Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Can Achieve Better Value by Complying With Performance-Based Contract Requirements (February 21, 2018)

Government Accountability Office

Defense Acquisition Workforce: Opportunities Exist to Improve Practices for Developing Program Managers (February 16, 2018)

Department of Defense

The U.S. Navy’s Oversight and Administration of the Base Support Contracts in Bahrain (February 16, 2018)

Defense Commissary Agency’s Purchases of Fresh Produce for Japan and South Korea (February 16, 2018)

Department of Energy

Assessment of the Uranium Processing Facility
Construction Quality – Structural Concrete
(February 16, 2018)

Department of Veterans Affairs

Review of Excessive Procurement Costs at the Rural Outreach Clinic Laughlin, Nevada (February 12, 2018)

Department of the Treasury

Treasury OIG Review of the Office of Financial Research’s Government Purchase Card Program (February 12, 2018)

Department of Energy

Assessment of Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Practices at the Hanford Site (February 12, 2018)

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