Monthly Archives: January 2012

Court to Consider Whether Campaign Finance Rule for Government Contractors is Unconstitutional

Under federal law, government contractors are prohibited from contributing to any candidate, political committee, or political party in connection with an election for federal office.  This limitation applies to corporations and individuals who hold federal government contracts. A work around … Continue reading

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GAO timeliness rules Require Offeror Diligence and Vigilance

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) bid protest decision illustrates the strict timeliness rules that companies must follow in order to have their protests heard at GAO and the consequences when a company fails to adhere to these rules.  In … Continue reading

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Caution! When Reliance on The Contracting Officer’s Advice Puts You at Risk

A recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) case reminds us of GAO’s strict stance on when a contractor may (or may not) rely on the advice of a Contracting Officer. In NCI Information Systems, Inc., B-405745, Dec. 14, 2011, the … Continue reading

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New Rule Addresses Personal Conflicts of Interest for Contractor Employees Performing Acquisition Functions for Federal Agencies

A new “personal conflicts” Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rule located at FAR 3.11 (76 Federal Register 68017, issued on November 2, 2011) requires a contractor to take steps necessary to identify and prevent personal conflicts of interest for employees that … Continue reading

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GAO Affirms That The VA Must Determine if Procurements Can Be Set-Aside for SDVOSB Firms

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently sustained two bid protests filed by service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB) on account of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) failure to determine if the contracts could be set-aside for SDVOSB firms.  The cases are … Continue reading

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