SmallGovCon Week in Review, February 21-25, 2022

Happy Friday, Readers. There were several announcements this week such as President Biden signing into law the Promoting Rigorous and Innovative Cost Efficiencies for Federal Procurement and Acquisitions (PRICE) Act of 2021, expanding the opportunities for small businesses to work with the Federal government. And several associations that represent federal contractors are highlighting operational and workforce challenges associated with continuing resolutions.

You can read more about those topics as well as articles highlighting federal contracting opportunities and additional news below. Have a great weekend.

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Including Dollar Amount in Claim “Sum Certain”-ly Serious Business

In a recent case, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, dismissed a claim for lack of jurisdiction because it did not include a “sum certain.”

The case is a good reminder of the importance of demanding a specific sum of money for most claims.

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GAO Examines Requirements for Sole-Source Contracts

Sole-source awards can make many contractors feel left out of the loop of the procurement process. GAO in the past has upheld that sole-source contracts are allowable so long as the agency has a reasonable justification for the sole-source contract. 

Recently GAO re-examined what constitutes a reasonable “justification and award” for a sole-source contract.  

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