GAO Sustains Protest to Solicitation’s Implementation of Randolph-Sheppard Act

GAO recently sustained a protest to the terms of a solicitation incorporating the Randolph-Sheppard Act (RSA). The RSA is a statutorily-prescribed preference for blind individuals in the operation of vending facilities (which include cafeterias, snack bars, and automatic vending machines) on Federal property.

The protester here, the incumbent contractor and a non-RSA HUBZone concern, challenged the agency’s decision to include the RSA preference in its HUBZone set-aside solicitation for food service attendant services, arguing the work the solicitation contemplated was not for the operation of a cafeteria. And GAO agreed. This GAO decision could have a significant impact, given the broad range of food service solicitations that agencies have been (seemingly increasingly) applying the RSA to lately. Let’s take a deeper dive.

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MyGovWatch Live: The B2G Roundtable with Federal Contracts Attorney Nicole Pottroff: April 20, 2022 @ 1:00pm EDT

Please join this informative Q & A session hosted by Nick Bernardo, the president and founder of MyWatchGov.com, as he speaks with Koprince McCall Pottroff LLC’s equity partner, Nicole Pottroff, on April 20, 2022 at 1:00pm EDT. Nick has extensive experience helping “companies of all sizes figure out how to find, compete for, and actually win government contracts.” Nick’s program, MyGovWatch Live: The B2G Roundtable, is “a casual, talk-show style, interactive monthly online forum for anyone to join and learn more about how to win government contracts at all levels.” This month, the expert joining in on the roundtable is our own Nicole Pottroff, who will be answering questions on the legal side of government contracting. You can register for the event here. Hope to see you there!

Back to Basics: 8(a) Program Eligibility

In a recent post, we discussed the basics of SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program, including general information, benefits, program terms, and how to apply. This follow-up post focuses on the basics of SBA’s 8(a) eligibility requirements, discussing those in greater detail.

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Back to Basics: SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program

If you’re a small business owner interested in government contracts, you’ve probably heard about the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program. The 8(a) Program itself is complex, and its eligibility rules are some of stricter rules out there; but its potential benefits are tremendous. In this Back to Basics post, I’ll break down some of the very basics about the 8(a) Program. But don’t worry, not only will I follow this post up with another to unpack more of the complexities, I have also included links throughout this post to other posts doing the same.

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Introducing: SmallGovCon’s “Back to Basics” Series

We at SmallGovCon try to stay cognizant of the fact that there are new federal contractors every day, as well as seasoned companies venturing into the federal government contracting realm every day. As such, we are proudly introducing our new Back to Basics series of posts that will (yes, you guessed it) take you back through some of the basics of various federal government contracting programs, regulations, and procedures. If you are new to federal government contracting, new to specific programs (i.e. 8(a), WOSB, SDVOSB, etc.), a first time protester, or simply looking for a refresher on some of the basics, this series is for you! You can use the category bar on our blog website to find all posts in the Back to Basics series, but also, keep an eye out for new ones!

SmallGovCon Week in Review: March 14-18, 2022

Happy Friday! We hope you were able to get out an enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day festivities this week and the start of March Madness. As the hometown of the #1 seeded Kansas Jayhawks, we are especially excited about the NCAA tournament. We have our brackets locked in and are hoping for another fun ride!

It was also a big week in Federal Government contracting! For one, the Whitehouse and SBA released statements on advancing economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in Federal contracting by promoting pay equity and transparency. Also, a major DoD IT contract award is facing a bid protest.

You can read those articles and more below. Have a great weekend!

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Event: Compliant and Effective Teaming Agreements, Joint Ventures & Subcontracts – 3-Part Series (2022 Update), March 22-24, Hosted by Govology

Koprince McCall Potroff LLC is presenting a 3-part series focused on teaming agreements, joint venture agreements and subcontracts which can be essential to winning and successfully performing federal government contracts. Shane McCall and Nicole Pottroff explain how to develop, negotiate and administer agreements that are both compliant and effective for both small and large contractors. The presentations will cover both the key rules (such as flow-downs and ostensible subcontractor affiliation) and best practices for agreements that go beyond the bare minimum legal requirements.

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