Next week on August 5 you’ll have the opportunity to hear from two of our attorney-authors. First, Matthew Schoonover will be discussing “The SBA’s Mentor Programs: What You Need to Know” through an Iowa State University Webinar at 9 am central time that day. Then, at 2 pm central, I’ll be exploring the newest “Koprince Law LLC GovCon Handbook: Procedures and Pitfalls of Size Protests and Appeals” in a Koprince Law LLC Webinar.
This past week had some important federal contracting news, including a call for more time to reimburse government contractors for costs related to COVID-19, the Pentagon planning for the next 25 years of cybersecurity, and new issues with the CMMC rollout.
In the world of federal contracting, precision matters. In fact, precision is often essential when developing a winning proposal. When it comes to subjective evaluation considerations, however, it can be challenging to articulate relevant evaluation criteria with a high level of precision. Indeed, as one prospective offeror recently discovered, some evaluation terms are good enough for government work, despite being imprecise.
When it comes to the 8(a) program, you might want to quit your day job.
The 8(a) Business Development Program, similar to other SBA socioeconomic programs such as the service-disabled veteran-owned small business program, requires the disadvantaged individual owner to work full-time at the business during normal business hours of similar firms. If an owner has a second job outside the main company, that can create problems, as it did in a recent OHA decision.
In a recent decision, Eminent IT, LLC, B-418570 (June 23, 2020), GAO held that the Department of State improperly removed a requirement from the SBA’s 8(a) program where the solicitation did not create a “new requirement.”
Last week, I tried to see the Comet NEOWISE, but I couldn’t locate it. Guess that’s why I’m a lawyer and not an astronomer! Maybe some of you had better luck. As we move through the dog days of summer, I hope all our readers are staying cool and healthy.
This week saw a number of interesting federal contracting stories. Among them were tallying up record federal spending during the pandemic, cyber hygiene as part of CMMC, and potential waivers for the Huawei ban.