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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Rule Updated on Whistleblower-Related Legal Costs

In June 2013, Cherry Bekaert notified you of coming changes to whistleblower protection laws for government contractors. Subcontractors were being given protection under whistleblower laws, and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) was amended at that time to generally not allow legal fees or other expenses related to whistleblower protection claims. This past July, multiple government agencies, the Department of Defense (“DoD”), General Services Administration (“GSA”), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (“NASA”), finalized a rule to update FAR cost principle 31.205-47, related to the allowability of legal costs. The change implements a section of the National Defense Authorization Act 2013. Read More.

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