SmallGovCon Week In Review: February 3 – February 7, 2020

This past week, the whole Kansas City region (including our office) as well as much of the nation, celebrated the Chiefs victory in the Super Bowl. It was a long time coming for the Chiefs, but a well-deserved win.

While perhaps not as exciting as the Super Bowl, this week also saw some intriguing federal contracting stories. Among them, new details on DOD cybersecurity initiatives, continuing GSA schedule consolidation, and the Army and Navy work on a modern contract writing system.

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Protester Argues the Agency Played “The Price Is Right” During Discussions

Negotiating with the federal government regarding pricing can sometimes feel like trying to win an RV from Bob Barker. Such was the experience of one protester. The government recommended a price increase during discussions and the contractor raised its price. The price increase, however, ultimately cost the offeror the award. The agency’s conduct was subsequently protested before GAO, but GAO was not receptive.

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Federal Supply Schedule Acquisitions Require Price Comparisons to Determine Lowest Overall Cost, Says GAO

In a recent protest, GAO examined the rules for price evaluation and source selection methodology required under the Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) Program. At a minimum, an agency must perform price comparisons to evaluate what vendor will be lowest cost along with any additional features and benefits to the government. Because the FSS solicitation at issue failed to include proper price evaluation terms, GAO sustained a challenge to those terms.

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DOD Cybersecurity Certification Standards Are Official

Well, if you’d been waiting for DOD’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) standards to stop being “draft” before you took a look at them, the wait is over! Version 1.0 (no longer marked draft) was released last week. DoD has indicated it will begin using CMMC requirements in requests for information starting June 2020. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from the recent release.

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