DoD to Expand Enhanced Debriefings RightsThe Department of Defense (DoD) recently proposed to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to codify and expand on the rules set forth in DoD’s March 2018 Class Deviation on Enhanced Postaward Debriefing Rights. The proposed rule addresses separately post-award debriefing rights for contract awards and task/delivery order awards.

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GAO Clarifies the Scope of Its Jurisdiction over OTA ProtestsThe Government Accountability Office (GAO), in Spartan Medical, Inc., B-419503, recently clarified the scope of its jurisdiction over bid protests involving an agency’s use of its other transaction agreement (OTA) authority. The GAO’s decision in this case is noteworthy because agencies are increasingly relying on OTAs to meet their procurement needs.

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10 Reasons to Intervene in Bid ProtestsAs we noted recently, the number of bid protest filings peaks in October as a result of increased government spending at the end of the government’s fiscal year, which ends September 30. Thus, our previous article provided a fiscal year-end refresher for government contractors on the process for intervening in bid protests at both

Intervention in Bid Protests: A Fiscal Year-End RefresherAs a result of increased government spending at the end of the government’s fiscal year — which is the 12-month period beginning on October 1 and ending on September 30 — the number of bid protest filings peaks in October. Accordingly, government contractors should be particularly mindful this time of year of their rights

Gimme Some Money! – Recent GAO Cases on Recovering Bid Protest CostsAlthough the film This Is Spinal Tap was released in 1984, a bid protest attorney whose client has gotten corrective action or had a protest sustained might still hum along with that film’s song, Gimme Some Money, when thinking about the recovery of protest costs. A protester’s urge to “turn it up to eleven”

COVID-19-Related Government Contract Obligations Total Almost $17 BillionThe Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report to Congress titled COVID-19: Opportunities to Improve Federal Response and Recovery Efforts. Of note, the GAO reports that government-wide contract obligations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic totaled approximately $16.9 billion as of May 31, 2020.

COVID-19-Related Government Contract Obligations Total Almost $17 Billion

The GAO report also sets forth the following chart,

Protest Sustained: VA Based “Rule of Two” Determination on Canceled Set-Aside SolicitationThe Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently sustained a protest that challenged the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) failure to set aside an acquisition for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) or Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB). Under the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006 (VA Act), 38 U.S.C. §§ 8127-8128, the VA must

Recently, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued two advisory opinions relating to protests currently before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC).  See AECOM Mgmt. GAO Issues Rare Advisory OpinionsServs., Inc.–Advisory Opinion, B-417506.12, Sept. 18, 2019; see also PAE-Parsons Global Logistics Servs., LLC–Advisory Opinion, B-417506.13, Oct. 18, 2019.  The decisions themselves do not involve unique issues, but