I’ve just returned from Casper, Wyoming, where I had the pleasure of presenting at the annual GRO-Biz Conference & Idea Expo. It was a great opportunity to meet new folks and learn about issues facing the government contracting community.
Special thanks to the Wyoming Procurement Technical Assistance Center for organizing the event along with the Wyoming Small Business Development Center, the Small Business Administration, the Wyoming Business Council and the University of Wyoming. Oh, and U.S. Senator Mike Enzi.
While getting there was a bit of an adventure (thanks United Airlines!) it truly was a great time and great event. Hope to see you again soon.
Another week; another snow storm. As with much of the country, lovely Lawrence Kansas is thawing out from yet another midweek snow deluge.
For those of you looking to escape the snow for a bit, we’ve got a fresh set of stories in this week’s news including misbehaving contractors, the success of PTAC in Little Rock, a contract war in space, and Snoop Dogg giving back to SDVOSBs.
Kick your feet up, put on some D-O-double-G, and have a great weekend!
If a contracting officer determines that a small business offeror is not qualified to perform under a solicitation, that usually means the offeror’s proposal will be rejected. In some instances, however, the offeror gets a second chance through the SBA’s Certificate of Competency (“COC”) program.
Here are five things you should know about the COC program.
Earlier this week, I had the privilege of attending the National 8(a) Conference in Nashville. If you’re an 8(a) Program participant and have never been, I’d certainly recommend it: beyond the breaking GovCon news, there’s lots of great networking opportunities. Be sure to pencil-in the date for 2020!
Let’s wrap up the week as we always do, with the Week In Review. In this edition, we’ll look at GAO’s recommendations for DOD’s planned IT upgrades, additional uncertainty for federal contractor back-pay, and more contractors behaving badly.
Have a great weekend!
GAO’s bid process can be difficult to understand. There are rules about who can file a bid protest and what issues can be protested. And the deadlines for filing are strict and unforgiving.
In the February 2019 issue of Contract Management Magazine (the monthly publication of the National Contract Management Association), we provide a plain English overview of GAO’s bid protest process. We think that, whether you’ve been a federal government contractor for many years or just a few, you’ll find it informative. The magazine has kindly allowed us to post the article. Click here to view and happy reading!
The Small Business Runway Extension Act continues to be a hot topic of conversation among small businesses. For good reason: it revised the receipts calculation period for revenue-based size standards from three years to five.
In late 2018, the SBA opined that the Runway Extension Act wasn’t applicable because the SBA had not yet updated its regulations. Following industry pushback, the SBA’s position seems to have evolved. During a panel discussion at this year’s National 8(a) Conference, the SBA said that the Runway Extension Act applies to every agency that might adopt its own size standards . . . just not the SBA itself.
This new justification is a bit of a head-scratcher. And I still don’t think the SBA has it right.
Let’s work through the SBA’s position together.
Contractor responsibility is to be considered before every federal contract award, but what about task orders issued under an FSS contract? Are contractors still subject to responsibility inquiries when competing for orders?
According to GAO, the answer is, “yes.”