bid protest

  • Jason Miller: Recent bid protest decision impacts federal acquisitions

    The Government Accountability Office is refining the concept of reasonable determination in government contracting. A recent bid protest decision added new complexity to this term and will impact the growing trend of mergers and acquisitions in the federal contractor community. Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about GAO’s decision in this week’s edition of Inside the Reporter’s Notebook. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss it.

  • The RFQ mistake

    Richard Lieberman, a consultant and retired attorney, offers advice to contractors about how to ensure they are protected when they win a request for quote.

  • A solution to the growing bid-protest problem

    Vendors and agencies need to improve communication starting with oral debriefings for all contract awards as part of an effort to stem the real and perceived increases of bid-protests, said Rob Burton, a former OFPP deputy administrator and now partner with Venable.

  • DHS financial management saga adds new wrinkle to ongoing debate

    Savantage Solutions continues to pursue a lawsuit against the Homeland Security Department for the agency’s plans to move its financial management system to a federal shared service provider and not give the private sector a fair opportunity to bid.

  • $600 contract at the heart of ‘intense’ 2015 for federal procurement

    Ralph White, the Government Accountability Office’s managing associate general counsel for procurement law, said two federal acquisition cases went to the Supreme Court over the last year as part of an atypical fiscal 2015 for federal bid protests.

  • Surprises in the SBA reauthorization bill

    The Defending America’s Small Contractors Act of 2016 would make the ability to protest task orders worth more than $10 million permanent.

  • To protest or not to protest: That is the question

    Richard Lieberman, a consultant and retired attorney, offers insights into when a contractor should sue its government customer.

  • Lifting the ‘cone of silence’ to avoid bid protests

    The Navy is reviewing its acquisition processes to reduce complexity and give contracting officers more time to talk to industry in developing requirements.

  • More mythbusting needed around industry-government communications

    Anne Rung, the administrator in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, said at the recent Acquisition Excellence conference that she’s working with the Chief Acquisition Officer’s Council to share some best practices to improve how agencies provide debriefings to unsuccessful vendors.

  • DoD’s words ring hollow to vendors when it comes to LPTA

    Objections to the use of lowest-price technically acceptable for contracts are growing, including Booz Allen Hamilton and CACI protests of DISA’s $17.5 billion ENCORE III solicitation and a new bill from two senators to restrict when the military uses this type of contract.