September 5, 2013 by cs
IT services contractor USfalcon Inc. has agreed to drop its protest of the final solicitation for the General Services Administration’s massive OASIS multiple-award contract.
“The resolution of this protest in a timely, professional and amicable manner by GSA and USFalcon saved taxpayer dollars and resources,” GSA spokeswoman Jackeline Stewart said in an email. “Contributions in the solicitation process from engaged industry partners like USFalcon help ensure that OASIS will most effectively meet the needs of our government clients for complex, integrated professional service requirements.”
GSA released final RFPs for the One Acquisition Solutions for Integrated Services (OASIS) program July 31. The vehicle is designed to reduce duplication in contract spending on professional services.
Contractors, however, had registered concerns with the program during its development, and just a week after the final RFPs — one for full and open competition and the other for small business — were released, two companies had protested the solicitations.
USfalcon’s protest, challenging the terms of the solicitation, was lodged with the Government Accountability Office. GAO was to have decided on the case by Nov. 18.
Keep reading this article at: http://www.federalnewsradio.com/445/3432959/Company-drops-protest-of-GSAs-OASIS-RFP
September 4, 2013 by cs
The list of Air Force operations eyeing the General Services Administration’s One Acquisition Solutions for Integrated Services contracts is growing.
The Air Force Space and Missile Command, according to an Aug. 22 GSA blog post, has officially said it wants to use the dedicated Small Business OASIS contact (OASIS SB) instead of its own SMC Technical Support program. GSA estimated the value of this commitment, which will encompass virtually all Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) activities at Los Angeles Air Force Base, at $472 million over five years.
On July 31, GSA released two OASIS requests for proposals. One is an unrestricted contract that includes a 50-percent small business subcontracting goal. OASIS SB is a 100-percent small business set-aside.
Two other Air Force groups — the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and the Air Force Test and Evaluation Center at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida — have publicly announced their decision to use OASIS SB, according to a GSA spokeswoman. Those commitments and the latest announcement combine to represent an estimated value of $1.3 billion per year for the OASIS small business community.
Keep reading this article at: http://fcw.com/articles/2013/08/23/air-force-oasis-gsa.aspx
September 3, 2013 by cs
Ohio-based RPM International and its subsidiary Tremco Inc., agreed to pay $60.9 million to settle allegations that Tremco inflated prices for roofing supplies and services in connection with two multiple award schedule contracts with the General Service Administration, the Justice Department says in an Aug. 28, 2013 statement.
Tremco – who manufactures construction products – failed to provide the government with price discounts the company provided to non-government customers, the statement says and allegedly marketed expensive materials to the government without disclosing the availability of the same materials at lower cost.
Under a GSA schedule contract, contractors must agree to an ongoing disclosure of commercial pricing policies and practices. Under a provision of the schedule contract known as the price reduction clause, contractors must match in their government pricing the discounts they give to private sector customers.
Keep reading this article at: http://www.fiercegovernment.com/story/gsa-contractor-pays-out-60-million-roofing-fraud-case/2013-08-29
August 30, 2013 by cs
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will pay $300,000 to C.S. McCrossan Construction Inc. as part of a settlement in a suit the Maple Grove-based contractor filed after the agency rejected its low bid for work on a portion of the St. Croix bridge project.
McCrossan had submitted a bid nearly $6 million lower than the one that was awarded, but MnDOT gave the job to another firm because McCrossan hadn’t shown it would comply with minority and women hiring rules under the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program. In an order signed Monday by state Chief Appeals Court Judge Matthew Johnson, McCrossan agreed to end its suit claiming the bid was improperly rejected.
MnDOT awarded a $58.1 million bid for the contract to partners Ames Construction Inc. and Lunda Construction Co. to complete approach work on the bridge. McCrossan’s proposal of $52.3 million was lowest and also got the best technical score under a MnDOT rating system.
Keep reading this article at: http://www.startribune.com/local/east/220292081.html
August 29, 2013 by cs
NASA has kicked off its fifth omnibus information technology procurement, issuing a request for proposals for contracts valued at between $5 and $10 billion open to use by all federal departments and agencies.
Like the previous four versions of the acquisition contract NASA has run since 1993, the Solutions for Enterprisewide Procurement — known as SEWP V — serves all federal agencies seeking desktops, laptops, servers, network gear and storage. To keep pace with technology, SEWP V will also serve as a vehicle to acquire cellphones, tablet computers, and voice over internet protocol phones.
SEWP IV, which was awarded in 2007, has 38 contract holders providing more than two million products from over 3,800 manufacturers.
Keep reading this article at: http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2013/08/nasa-launches-mammoth-it-hardware-buy/68927/?oref=nextgov_today_nl
August 28, 2013 by cs
The race to open up government data to the public is typically described in terms of creating better services for citizens and new opportunities for businesses and nonprofits.
The benefits of open data can sometimes show up closer to home, however, as demonstrated by the new mobile application hōrd, which allows government contractors to track project solicitations from their iPhones.
Hōrd was developed by the company GovTribe, founded by three former Deloitte consultants. The app allows users to search for federal contracting notices and awards using keywords. They can also search by a contractor’s name to keep tabs on what their competitors are up to.
App users can also “hōrd” a particular notice to receive alerts every time it’s updated.
Keep reading this article at: http://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2013/08/new-app-takes-government-contracting-mobile/68555/
August 27, 2013 by cs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a final rule, effective August 22, 2013, that adopts, without change, the interim final rule originally published in the Federal Register on June 27, 2012.
This new rule implements a portion of the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006, which requires the VA to verify ownership and control of veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs), including service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs), in order for these firms to participate in VA acquisitions set-asides for SDVOSB/VOSBs.
Specifically, this final rule requires re-verification of SDVOSB/VOSB status only every two years rather than annually.
The purpose of this change is to reduce the administrative burden on SDVOSB/VOSBs regarding participation in VA acquisitions set asides for these types of firms. Verified SDVOSB/VOSBs are placed on the Vendor Information Page (VIP) at www.vetbiz.gov.
The new rule can be found at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-22/pdf/2013-20488.pdf.
August 22, 2013 by cs
Bidding activity from small businesses for federal contracts dropped significantly over the last 5 years, an August American Express government contracting survey says.
The company sent surveys to all small businesses registered within the System for Award Management and performed on a contract in the last 5 years, receiving 684 responses.
Survey authors say the data shows small business submitting fewer bids or proposals, with the average annual number dropping by 72 percent for prime contract bids since 2007, the survey says. In 2012, small business respondents submitted on average 7.9 bids or proposals, as opposed to 19.5 in 2007.
One reason for a decrease in bidding activity may be reductions in government spending, the survey says.
Keep reading this article at: http://www.fiercegovernment.com/story/small-businesses-bid-fewer-contracts-over-last-5-years-survey-says/2013-08-14
Download the report at: http://assets.fiercemarkets.net/public/sites/govit/amexsurvey.pdf
August 16, 2013 by cs
Anyone who was waiting for the General Services Administration’s requests for proposal for its one-stop consulting, professional engineering, logistics, and finance services contract will have to wait just a bit longer before acting. Although GSA has issued the documents, two protests have already been filed.
The One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) contracts has an estimated total value of up to $60 billion. OASIS is divided into two contracts, one unrestricted and one for small businesses.
USFalcon, of Morrisville, N.C., has filed a formal protest with the Government Accountability Office, said Ralph White, managing associate general counsel for Procurement Law at GAO, in an Aug. 9 emailed statement.
Keep reading this article at: http://fcw.com/articles/2013/08/09/oasis-protest.aspx
Related article: Is OASIS too complex: http://fcw.com/articles/2013/08/01/oasis-industry-reaction-complexity.aspx
Background on OASIS: http://fcw.com/articles/2013/08/01/oasis-details.aspx
August 15, 2013 by cs
A proposed rule published Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 would update the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to help agencies consider past performance of contractors in awarding new work while shortening the comment period available to affected firms. The industry appears receptive.
As required by the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) President Obama signed on Jan. 2, the Defense Department, the General Services Administration and NASA drafted a rule to allow data on contractor past performance to be added to two databases, the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) and the Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS). The rule would also give contractors 14 days to submit comments, rebuttals or additional information in the database, rather than the current 30 days.
“It is important for past performance information to be shared with source selection officials immediately, so that award decisions can be better informed and made in a more timely manner,” the proposed rule states. “Expediting the time allotted to contractors to respond to performance evaluations should improve communication between the contractor and the government, enable current information to be shared quickly throughout the government, and ultimately ensure the government does business with high performing contractors.”