Update: FAR Final Rule Puts Limits on LPTA Procurements

Lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) source selection has been on the decline lately. A recent final rule from the FAR Council, effective February 16, 2021, continues this trend. In the rule, the FAR Council implemented additional restrictions on the use of LPTA for non-DoD contracts.

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Buy American Act Domestic Component Threshold Gets A Raise

A new FAR final rule recently went into effect that has increased the percentage for the domestic component requirement under the Buy American Act, a percentage that had been in place for nearly 70 years before this recent change.

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Buy American Act Executive Order Promises Much, Will it Deliver?

The White House has released the final language of the Buy America Act. Our recent post looked forward to what we could expect from the final rule. Now the rule has been released, so what is in it?

The executive order promises quite a bit, and a lot of what is promised we will likely not see until 6 to 12 months down the road.

Here is what to expect now, in 6 months, and then down the road.

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Five Things You Should Know: the FAR’s Independent Pricing Certification

Small businesses will see several major multiple-award solicitations in 2021, including CIO-SP4 and Polaris. As contractors develop their capture strategies for important procurements like these, one frequently-asked question is, “can I be on multiple teams?”

While there is no simple one-size-fits-all, yes/no answer to the “multiple teams” question, an often-overlooked FAR provision provides some important guidance. Let’s take a look at five things you should know about the FAR’s Certificate of Independent Price Determination.

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Five things to Look for in Executive Order Strengthening Buy American Act

As we have blogged about previously, the Buy American Act has a number of exceptions and waivers. The United States spends hundreds of billions of dollars each year in contracting alone. The Buy American Act is intended to keep federal dollars in the hands of American companies and manufacturers. The president’s new executive order on these issues, proposes making some significant changes to not only the rule, but to oversight.

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Changes to the Gig-Contractor Rule: Biden Administration Poised to Freeze New Rule From Taking Effect

The Department of Labor on January 7, 2021 posted a final rule regarding the classification of so-called “gig contractors.”  The final rule is set to take effect on March 8, 2021. A big question mark looms over whether this rule will actually take effect. The incoming Biden administration, as most incoming administrations have done, intends to freeze all pending regulations which have yet to take effect.

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