GAO Sustains Price Realism Protest

GAO Sustains Price Realism Protest

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,

The SDVOSB “Storefront”

The SDVOSB “Storefront”

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

GAO decision on Small Business Participation

GAO decision on Small Business Participation
Paying fees to itself as the prime contractor is not allowed in calculating the required 25 percent small business set-aside according to a June 11, 2019 General Accountability Office (GAO) ruling.1 In this recent decision, the GAO found that a prime contractor could easily manipulate the amount of fees it pays itself to reach the mandatory threshold and even go beyond to make the bid appear more beneficial to small businesses than it really is.

Joint Ventures -Great for Growth and Winning Federal Contracts

Joint Ventures -Great for Growth and Winning Federal Contracts

Are you interested in exploring more federal contracting opportunities? Joint ventures with other businesses are a great way to grow your small business and expand your reach to larger federal contracting opportunities. A joint venture, or JV, is a type of business arrangement where two or more parties make an agreement to pool all of their talent and resources to achieve a specific goal. The goal can be a task, a new project, or another form of a business activity. The JV participants are responsible for all the costs, profits, and losses associated with it and ensuring that all the work

Changes ahead for SBA’s HUBZone program

Changes ahead for SBA’s HUBZone program

Attracting economic development to rural, tribal areas and metropolitan areas plagued with poverty has always been challenging. To address the problem, the Small Business Administration (SBA) HUBZone program was established pursuant to the HUBZone Act of 1997 (HUBZone Act), Title VI of the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997, Public Law 105-135, enacted December 2, 1997. The stated purpose of the HUBZone program is to provide for Federal contracting assistance to HUBZone small business concerns. [1]

Considerations for Bid Protests involving Classified Information

Considerations for Bid Protests involving Classified Information

Even the simplest bid protest isn’t exactly straightforward – competing venues, complicated remedies, volumes of strict regulations, procedures, and guidelines.  It’s enough to overwhelm even the most sophisticated government contractor.  Making the situation even more difficult, many procurement contracts involve classified information – information, the “unauthorized disclosure of which could reasonably be expected to cause identifiable or describable damage to national security[1].”  What should a prospective protester do when procurement information cannot be publicly disseminated

The SDVOSB “Storefront”: Large Corporations and the "Rent a Vet" scam

The SDVOSB “Storefront”: Large Corporations and the

What is an SDVOSB Storefront?

Since the founding of the United States, our government has endeavored to support those who have defended it. A famous quote, purportedly by George Washington in 1789, 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

Your Service Employees Have Special Requirements

Your Service Employees Have Special Requirements

The McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) applies to service contracts between the federal government and individuals and/or companies. This federal statute mandates contractors and subcontracts to employ “service employees” when their contracts meet the service requirements. The SCA was established to create fair business practices among unionized and nonunionized employers. On the one hand, the SCA allows for nonunionized employees to receive compensation and benefits commensurate with unionized employees; on the other hand, the SCA prohibits nonunionized employers from undercutting

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Expulsion of an LLC Member

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Expulsion of an LLC Member

“Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable.”—Denis Waitley

It’s hard to argue with this advice from Mr. Waitley, a Naval Aviator turned business consultant and motivational speaker. When faced with an LLC member or members that have become toxic, disagreeable or just plain useless, converting Waitley’s advice into action is essential.

Avoiding Adverse SBA Size and Standard Decisions

Avoiding Adverse SBA Size and Standard Decisions

As the value of government contracts increases, so does the likelihood your company, as the winning bidder, will face a size and standard protest from a disappointed bidder. Defending a size and standard protest is at best annoying and, at worst, truly concerning. The process can feel a little (or a lot) like finding yourself a target of a police state investigation: a full-scale review of your business documents, initiated by vague allegations from someone with an ax to grind. You have the burden to prove your innocence, but may not even know the basis of the charges. In many ways, the