COFC Confirms SBA Interpretation of Runway Extension Act

The Court of Federal Claims recently reviewed the Small Business Runway Extension Act, particularly SBA’s contention that it was not bound by the 5-year lookback period that Congress enacted for size receipt calculations. Now, SBA has issued its own rule that it will use the 5-year lookback period, at least after a two-year transition period, as discussed in our earlier posts. But there were still some cases working their way through the courts that examined how Congress implemented the Runway Extension Act and whether it applied to SBA or not. To make a long story short, the court agreed with SBA.

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SmallGovCon Week In Review: June 28 -July 9, 2021

Happy Friday! We hope everyone had a wonderful and safe 4th of July holiday weekend. Despite the holiday, there has been a lot of news and announcements in Federal government contracting these past two weeks. Here are a few articles that we found interesting and informative including news about a new order to bolster cybersecurity, the Pentagon canceling the JEDI Cloud contract and an announcement that Soraya Correa, the Department of Homeland Security’s chief procurement officer, is retiring after more than 40 years of federal service. Have a great weekend!

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CIO-SP4: Is it Limiting Mentor Experience Too Much?

The CIO-SP4 is a big deal for many small and large federal contractors. And lately it’s been a bit of a moving target as to how NITAAC will evaluate the experience of companies working together in prime-sub, mentor-protégé, and joint-venture relationships. We wrote about some of the issues with past performance and other recent changes. One change that caught my eye puts a restriction on the number of experience examples a large business mentor can provide. But should it?

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SmallGovCon Week In Review: June 21-25, 2021

Happy Friday and welcome to this week’s addition of the week in review. I recently got back from a camping trip in 100 degree weather, so I know that staying cool is crucial. Hope you are all staying cool and enjoying the summer.

There were several announcements such as Robin Carnahan‘s confirmation by the Senate as Administrator of the General Services Administration Wednesday afternoon and on Tuesday Kiran Ahuja was also confirmed to be the next director of the Office of Personnel Management. The General Services Administration made awards to 426 small businesses in an effort to provide agencies with more emerging technology options, completing the first phase of its $50 billion 8(a) STARS III contract Thursday. Read on for more details and have a great weekend!

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SmallGovCon Week In Review: June 14-18, 2021

Friday marked a new federal holiday for Juneteenth. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery by marking the day enslaved people in Texas learned they were free. This is the first new federal holiday since first holiday to be approved since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established in 1983. Many government agencies were closed on Friday and so we bring this week in review a little later due to the holiday.

As we recognize this new national holiday, here’s some other notable news in the federal government.

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Five Things You Should Know: GAO Bid Protest Interventions

Intervening in a GAO bid protest can be an important way to protect a federal contractor’s award. But when can you and should you intervene? Here’s how this might come up. As a federal contractor, you work hard to submit the best proposal you can, and then find out you win the award. A few days after, you find out you’ve been protested as part of a GAO bid protest. What are your options for responding to such a protest? Below, I’ll discuss the five things you should know about intervening in a GAO bid protest.

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: June 7-June 11, 2021

Happy Friday! It’s been a busy week in federal government contracting news. Among the notable announcements, Federal agencies are staffing up and a new IRS web app has been announced. The Treasury Department laid out its updated vision for its financial management shared services offerings and some companies are considering opting out of working with the Defense Department because of the cost of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.

Have a great weekend.

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