The Department of Defense (DOD) recently promulgated a final rule limiting the DOD’s ability to use the Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) method of procurement. The final rule — which took effect on October 1, 2019, and applies only to DOD procurements — is codified at section 215.101-2-70 of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation

GSA Issues Solicitation Merging 24 Multiple Award SchedulesOn October 1, 2019, the General Services Administration (GSA) issued its much-anticipated consolidated schedule solicitation, merging 24 multiple award schedules (MAS) into a single schedule for products, services and solutions. (See GSA announcement.)

Under MAS (also commonly referred to as Federal Supply Schedules and the GSA Schedules), the GSA “establishes long-term, governmentwide contracts with

OIG Report: SBA’s Administration of All Small Mentor-Protégé Program Falling ShortThe Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a public report on the SBA’s All Small Mentor-Protégé Program (ASMPP), in which the SBA OIG found certain shortcomings in the SBA’s administration of the program. As discussed below, the report also provides a series of recommendations, most of which the SBA has