SmallGovCon Week in Review: May 14 – 18, 2018

As we head into the second half of May, it is time for graduation parties and summer fun.  But before we enjoy the weekend, it’s Friday and time for the SmallGovCon Week in Review.

In this week’s edition, we highlight GAO giving contractors a second chance to make it into the OASIS unrestricted pool; an audit showing that DOD isn’t giving small businesses enough opportunity; DSS’ plans for a new methodology to vet security of contractor facilities; and more.

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Late Bid Revision Costs Bidder The Award

When a bidder submits a bid under a sealed bid procurement, it is responsible for ensuring that the bid is timely submitted. But what happens if a bidder wants to revise a bid that’s already been submitted?

As a recent GAO case shows, even a revised bid must be timely submitted in order for it to be considered. If a bidder tries to revise its bid too late in the process, it might end up costing itself the award.

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Thank You, Michigan!

I am back in Lawrence after a great trip to Flint, Michigan on Friday for the Region 6 PTAC’s Meet the Buyer event.  My luncheon keynote covered some of the most important recent developments for government contractors, including the SAM “hack,” some major pieces of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, and much more.

A big thank you to Jasmine McKenney, Maureen Miller and their colleagues for inviting me to speak.  And thank you, as well, to everyone I met at the event–particularly those who stuck around after the keynote to ask such great questions.

Next up on the travel agenda: a flight south to Houston, where I’ll be presenting next week at the 17th Annual DOE Small Business Forum & Expo.  Hope to see you there!

VA Suspends SDVOSB/VOSB Applications Effective May 21

On May 21, 2018, the VA will suspend SDVOSB and VOSB applications for “approximately thirty (30)” days while the VA transitions to a new VIP interface.

According to a notice posted on the VA OSDBU website, the suspension will affect “both new applications and applications for re-verification.”  However, the VA CVE “will continue processing previously submitted applications during the suspension.”  The VA doesn’t beat around the bush: “any applicants (Veterans) that desire to have their cases begin the verification process before the suspension start date, should strongly consider case submission completion to VIP prior to May 21, 2018.”

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SmallGovCon Week in Review May 7 – 11, 2018

For all the mothers out there, happy Mother’s Day!  We hope you have a great, relaxing weekend.  But first, it’s Friday, and time for the SmallGovCon Week in Review.

In this week’s edition, we’ll discuss an important update to the VA’s CVE application process. We’ll also update you on the on-going saga regarding the Department of Education’s student loan servicing contracts and, as is our (unfortunate) custom, highlight some of the week’s examples of government contractors behaving badly.

Enjoy!

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At CBCA, Small Claims Procedure Nets Winning Claim for Extra Work

The Civilian Board of Contract Appeals can be used  to pursue appeals of claims of all sizes.  A special small claims process is available for lower-dollar appeals.

A recent CBCA decision is a good reminder of the small claims procedure available at the Board. In this case, the claimant was able to use this streamlined procedure to win an appeal of its claim for $7,272.17.

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SmallGovCon Congratulates Matthew Schoonover!

I am very pleased to announced that Matthew Schoonover has been elevated to the partnership at Koprince Law LLC.

Since joining the firm in early 2015, Matt has worked tirelessly on behalf of government contractors across the country.  He’s developed a great reputation in the field and is regularly asked to speak at industry events (in fact, he’s on the road today for a government contracts conference in Texas).  Matt is also a regular contributor to SmallGovCon, where his “5 Things You Should Know” series is one of the blog’s most popular features.

Above all, Matt’s an all-around good person and embodies the values of ethics and professionalism that we strive to achieve every day.  Congratulations, Matt!