Posts Tagged ‘government contracts’

Government Contracts: Doing Exactly What the RFP Says

Always make sure to submit proposals to government agencies in exactly the format for which the Request for Proposals (RFP) asks.  It is the offeror’s responsibility to meet the expectations of the RFP, and the government agency has no duty to adapt their standards to incorrectly submitted proposals.

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Government Contracts: Past Performance of Sub-Contractors

Government agencies must take into account all past performance that they are aware of when evaluating proposals for past performance, including information from other proposals.  In a recent decision, the GAO said that, where two proposals use the same sub-contractor to show past performance in similar projects, it is unreasonable for the evaluating agency to…

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Government Contracts: Specificity of Contractor Bids

When submitting a bid, it is the duty of the party making the offer to demonstrate an understanding of the project requirements.  This means that the party making the offer must include an adequate approach to performing all requirements and make the written bid specific enough as to leave nothing up to interpretation or misunderstanding…

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Government Contracts: Timing for Challenges to Solicitation Procedures

Challenges to Solicitation Procedures, Such as Amendments to Solicitations, Must Be Made Before Contracts are Awarded  The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit confirmed that, where a protest is based upon a defect in the bid solicitation process, the protest must be made before the bid is awarded. In the case of Comint Systems…

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Government Contracts: Perils of overpricing and responding to government RFPs

The article in Networkworld “Cisco network really was $100 million more” is a good example of the danger in responding to governmental requests for proposal (RFP) without considering the publicity downside of significant overpricing. The article explains that in bidding on a large computer infrastructure project for California State University, Cisco’s bid was over 100…

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Business Law: Certifying A Successful Business and Governmental Programs to Assist Small Businesses

Owners of small businesses may qualify for specific programs through the Small Business Administration (“SBA”).  A variety of federal programs exist to provide small businesses with the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in subcontracts.  Specifically, a proportion of contracts are set aside for small business concerns.   While the total set-asides for a small business will…

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Timely Bid Protests Offer A Second Chance at Government Work

Many businesses now look to the federal government for work because of the economic downturn, including BRAC, associated projects, and the opportunities created by set-aside contracts. Oftentimes, however, a contractor will have submitted its best proposal only to find that that it has not been successful and therefore must face the question of whether to…

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