Tag Archives: Department of Veterans Affairs

Tracking federal agencies’ re-opening plans for government contractors

After months of federal agency closures, and a wide expansion of teleworking and other remote work policies crafted in response to the novel coronavirus, the federal government is planning for a phased re-opening.[1] On April 20, 2020, the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published Memorandum M-20-23 on “Aligning Federal … Continue Reading

Acquisition of Some Non-TAA-Compliant Drugs to be Permitted by Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced that it will now require all covered drugs under the Veterans Health Care Act to be offered on Federal Supply Schedule contracts, regardless of whether they meet the “country of origin” standards of the Trade Agreements Act. This decision represents a major reversal in policy for the VA.  … Continue Reading

After Kingdomware, an FSS Contract May Be a Key to the VA’s Procurement Castle

This post was written by Joelle E.K. Laszlo and Gunjan Talati. Two bid protest decisions issued late last year have upheld the Department of Veterans Affairs’ practice of purchasing from Federal Supply Schedule contractors without the need to consider setting aside such purchases for veteran-owned small businesses, or service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. As a result, … Continue Reading
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