Government contracting can be a lucrative business and when you are a small business the government is compelled to “open the door” for you. Under the Small Business Act, the government must offer contracts to small businesses that qualify (qualifications may vary). That said, the process for winning a government contract can often-times become complicated by businesses posing to be small businesses.
The Dept. of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration, (GSA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are proposing to revise the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement a section of the National Defense Authorization Act and regulatory changes made by the Small Business Administration in a 2016 final rule. The primary objective of the proposed rule is to open the door for small businesses interested in participating in Federal procurement as a subcontractor and implement statutory requirements to help achieve this.
The Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) recently handed down a decision in a dispute over a lease that denied General Services Agency’s (GSA) Motion to Dismiss for failure to state a claim as well as the plaintiff’s Motion to Exclude GSA’s Opposition Reply. Since neither party’s motions were granted, it appears the plaintiff prevailed in its efforts to get GSA to pay up for lost rent and increased costs the plaintiff experienced in the lease dispute.
JMark, an 8(a) company based in Colorado Springs, CO, objected to the Air Force awarding a contract to SierTek, another 8(a) company based in Beavercreek, OH, for intelligence course instructor services at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, TX. The protest was based on four distinct objections: (1) the evaluation was tainted by bias, (2) the technical evaluation was improperly conducted, (3) the price was not calculated properly because a price realism evaluation was not done, and (4) the past performance evaluation was done incorrectly where prior performance wasn't fully
There's much that can be learned from the Spartan Group, Inc's appeal of the Center for Verification and Evaluation's (CVE) decision regarding their Veteran owned small business status. In January 2019, Mr. Kyle Muller, a service-disabled Veteran and 100% owner of the Spartan Group, Inc., applied for his company’s inclusion in the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs' (VA) VIP database. In his company’s application, Mr. Muller identified himself as both President and Secretary and Mr. Ray Douaire as the company’s Treasurer and as his personal mentor. He also included his resume in his
The U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs' Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) first verified RealSims on June 4, 2015 and then reverified the company on October 22, 2018. At the time of initial and reverification, service-disabled Veteran Robert McGraw owned 98 percent of the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) company and his wife, Debra McGraw owned two percent. In May 2018, RealSim executed a Letter of Intent to sell 49 percent of its membership interest to another company, Badger Technology Group, which was owned 50/50 by two non-veterans, Dan Wade and Ralf
On August 16, 2019, the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) denied Lachin Architect’s appeal from the U.S. Dept. of Veterans' Affairs' Center for Verification and Evaluation's (CVE) removal of their name from the CVE VIP database. The CVE first verified Lachin in January 2013 and reverified it in March 2015. In January 2018, the service-disabled Veteran, Michael Lachin, sold 20 percent of his shares to his nephew David Lachin.
Valkyrie Enterprises Wins Its Protest! Recently, the General Accountability Office (GAO) sustained a protest challenging the United States’ Navy’s cost realism evaluation where their evaluation failed to reasonably evaluate the protester’s proposed direct labor rates. Valkyrie Enterprises, LLC submitted a bid on a proposal (RFP No. N00024-16R-3157) issued by the Department of the Navy to provide engineering, logistics and program support services for the Naval Surface Warfare Center. A task order was issued to The McHenry Management Group, Inc. (McHenry), a small business of Chesapeake,
Since the founding of the United States, our government has endeavored to support those who have defended it. A famous quote, incorrectly attributed to George Washington states that “[t]he willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive how the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” The quote itself may not have come from President Washington, but it sums up the attitude of our country towards its veterans: continued support of our veterans is more than just