GSA Develops E-Commerce Portal
Section 846 of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (“the Act”), “Procurement through Commercial E-Commerce Portals,” establishes an e-commerce portal program, similar to Amazon and other e-commerce platforms, for the acquisition of commercial items by the Federal government. Section 846 defines an e-commerce portal as “a commercial solution providing for the purchase of commercial products aggregated, distributed, sold, or manufactured via an online portal” and requires the General Services Administration (“GSA”) to develop the portal “through multiple contracts with multiple commercial e-commerce portal providers.” Commercial e-commerce sites usually include a provider that can fulfill orders directly and/or provide an opportunity. Read More.
Proposed Rule: Opening the Dialogue for Government and Industry to Play Friendly
On November 29, 2016, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration proposed an amendment to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”). The purpose of this amendment is to clear misconceptions regarding the responsibilities of communication between government and industry during the acquisition process. By adding more explicit language to the FAR, the agencies involved hope to create more effective communication between government and industry. So what is the potential impact on regulation? FAR part 1.102-2 dictates the “performance standards” placed on private industry in the acquisition process. This rule proposes to amend FAR 1.102-2(a)(4) of. Read More.
It’s About Time: GSA Finally Releases Alliant 2 Request for Proposals
On June 24, 2016, the General Services Administration (“GSA”) released its Request for Proposal (“RFP”) for the long-awaited Alliant 2 Small Business (“A2SB”) Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (“GWAC”). The government estimates that a maximum of 80 awards will be made for A2SB, which has a $15 billion ceiling over 10 years. A2SB will be an contract that provides IT solutions through a broad range of services. For contractors deciding or preparing to bid on A2SB, it is imperative to gain sufficient information about the RFP and its scoring methodology. GSA officials are adamant that respondents read the entire 174 page RFP,. Read More.
Topics: Alliant 2, Alliant 2 Small Business "A2SB", Cognizant Federal Agency "CFA", Defense Contract Audit Agency "DCAA", Defense Contract Management Agency "DCMA", Forward Pricing Rate Agreements, forward pricing rate recommendations "FPRR", General Services Administration "GSA", Governmentwide Acquisition Contract "GWAC", indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity “IDIQ”, Request for Proposal "RFP"
Accounting System Assessment – Alliant 2 Contract
By: Eric Poppe, Manager; Kristen Kwiatkowski, Manager; and Jacob Barclay, Consultant There have long been rumors that the General Services Administration (“GSA”) will be releasing Alliant 2 (“A2”) and Alliant 2 Small Business (“A2SB”) Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (“GWAC”) Request for Proposals (“RFP”) in the near future. While there has been much speculation of a June 2016 release, nothing yet is certain. As companies begin to prepare for the final release of these two separate solicitations, companies should consider what regulatory impact the potential award could have on their compliance environment. The Draft Request for Proposals (“DRFP”) previously released on March. Read More.
Topics: Alliant 2, Alliant 2 Small Business "A2SB", Cognizant Federal Agency "CFA", Defense Contract Audit Agency "DCAA", Defense Contract Management Agency "DCMA", Draft Request for Proposals "DRFP", General Services Administration "GSA", Governmentwide Acquisition Contract "GWAC"
Proposed FAR Amendment Would Change Confidentiality Agreements
The Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics & Space Administration have proposed a rule to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement a section of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015, which would prohibit the use of funds, appropriated or otherwise made available, for a contract with an entity that requires employees or subcontractors to sign an internal confidentiality agreement that restricts such employees or subcontractors from lawfully reporting waste, fraud, or abuse to a designated government representative authorized to receive such information. The proposed rule would add a new FAR section at. Read More.
Topics: Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, Department of Defense "DoD", Federal Acquisition Regulation "FAR", General Services Administration "GSA", National Aeronautics & Space Administration "NASA"
GSA Looks to Consolidate Professional Services Schedules
The General Services Administration (“GSA”) has announced its intention to consolidate Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) offerings over the next year. GSA has over 4,400 professional services contracts across eight different schedules. As we have reported in prior posts regarding GSA, the administration is looking for new ways to reduce its costs amid ever-growing budget shortfalls. In addition to cutting contracts who fail to meet the minimum sales requirements, GSA is looking to consolidate what it is now considering to be redundant schedules. According to GSA, there are approximately 527 contractors who hold more than one professional service schedule contract. These. Read More.