Topic Archives: Acquisition Regulations

Try, Try Again

A recent defective pricing case, Alloy Surfaces Co., ASBCA No. 59625, 2020 WL 1896784, April 9, 2020, charmingly illustrates the Government’s doggedness in trying to reprice a contract using the Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA).  The Armed Services Board of Contracting Appeals did not buy into any of the Government’s arguments, finding that an undisclosed ...›

The Basics of Undefinitized Contractual Actions (UCAs)

The federal contracting process is famous for its exacting approach to competitive procurement, which safeguards taxpayer funds and principles of fairness.  This emphasis on process, however, can slow the wheels of the acquisition machine.  The rapid spread of COVID-19, however, has required the government to use available tools to accelerate cash flow to contractors and ...›

Federal Procurement

President Issues New Domestic Preference Executive Order

The President has issued the third in a series of executive orders (EOs) directed at tightening domestic-preference restrictions in Government procurements covered by the Buy American Act (BAA).  EO 13881 orders the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR Council) within 180 days to “consider proposing” a rule with the following features: (i) an amendment to the ...›

Federal Procurement

GAO Sharpening its Blade [Strategies] on OTA Review

The Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) recent decision in Blade Strategies, LLC, B-416752, 2018 WL 4584111 (Comp. Gen. Sept. 24, 2018), clarifies the GAO’s jurisdiction and standard of review for protests of other transaction agreements (OTAs), and also serves as a good reminder that all protests challenging an aspect of an agency’s solicitation — including the ...›

Federal Procurement

Soothsaying Oracle: What GAO’s Decision Concerning DoD Prototype OTAs Means for DoD and Beyond

Other Transaction Agreements (OTAs):  The term is familiar among government contractors, yet commonly misunderstood.  Recently, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), in Oracle America, Inc., B-416061, May 31, 2018, 2018 CPD ¶ ___, defined OTAs as “legally-binding instruments, other than contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements, that generally are not subject to federal laws and regulations applicable ...›

Intellectual Property

Sikorsky: What the GAO Said and Did Not Say About Soliciting Data Rights

The GAO’s decision last week, denying in part and dismissing in part Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s much-watched protest of the Air Force’s solicitation to replace the UH-1N helicopter, deals an early (if light) blow to contractors in their fight against the Air Force’s recent data rights grab.[1]  Followers of this blog and readers of the Government ...›

Federal Procurement

Warning: Possible Delays Ahead New SAM Requirement for Notarized Letter

All government contractors must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) to do business with the government. As of March 22, 2018, SAM requires users registering a new business entity to “provide an original, signed notarized letter” confirming that they are the “authorized Entity Administrator” before their registration will be activated. ...›

Federal Procurement
February 21, 2018Acquisition Regulations, Compliance

Acquisition Disruption – Innovative Concepts in Government Contracting

Government procurement often gets a (not altogether undeserved) bad rap as a cumbersome process that is lacking in imagination and innovation.  Today more than ever, however, the federal government is making use of cutting edge procedures and methods to attract commercial companies to government contracting and to encourage modernization and efficiency in procurements.  Below we ...›