Tag Archives: Government Accountability Office

Federal Circuit Decision Settles GAO/COFC Split on Agency’s Use of Cooperative Agreements

In March, the Federal Circuit settled a split between the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) and the Court of Federal Claims that focused on the gray area between cooperative agreements and procurement contracts. Siding with the GAO, the appeals court ruled that the Department of Housing and Urban Development could not sidestep federal competition requirements by … Continue Reading

Latest Bid Protest Stats Suggest Contractors Are Seeking to Fight Only the Good Fights

  On January 2, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) provided its annual report to Congress of bid-protest activity for fiscal year (“FY”) 2013.  The primary purpose of these reports is to meet the Comptroller General’s requirement under the Competition in Contracting Act to inform Congress of each instance in which a federal agency declined to … Continue Reading

One Strike and You’re Out? Debating the Need for Instituting Mandatory Suspension and Debarment Procedures

To mandate or not to mandate the use of suspension and debarment – that is the current question up for debate among federal agencies and government officials. As criticism of agencies for failure to utilize or enforce suspension and debarment procedures continues, the idea of mandating the use of these procedures as punishment for indictments … Continue Reading

No Contractor Left Behind: The Proposed Standardization of Contractor Past-Performance Evaluations

A proposed rule issued by the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on June 28, 2011 proposes to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) to provide a single set of standards for contract officers reviewing contractor past performance. In 2010, agencies were required to transition their various … Continue Reading

The Protest is in the Mail: GAO and COFC Differences Regarding Treatment of Late Bid Proposals

What happens when a bid proposal is sent via e-mail prior to the submission deadline but not by the proper party until after the submission deadline has passed? Turns out, the answer depends on whether the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) or the Court of Federal Claims (“COFC”) is reviewing the matter. A government contractor dealing … Continue Reading
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