Government Contracting Blog

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Always Read Your Opponent's Entire Protest

My book, “100 Worst Mistakes in Government Contracting” (Nat’l. Contr. Mgt. Assn. 2008) by Richard D. Lieberman and Jason D. Morgan,...

The Secret's In the Sauce

One of best movies in the 1990s was “Fried Green Tomatoes,” a story about a depression era café named The Whistle Stop in a little town...

Bait and Switch: Many GAO Protests, Few Sustains

In a recent Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) case, the protester alleged “bait and switch” tactics, but the GAO denied the...

Ostensible Subcontractors: How to Know If You Are One

One of the fundamental principles in the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) size regulations is that in determining a company’s size,...

Public Notice of Contracting Actions

The official public medium for providing notice of contracting actions by federal agencies is the FedBizOpps.gov website, which has been...

Competitive Prejudice

In order to win a bid protest, it isn’t enough for a protester to show that an agency has made an error (violation of law, regulation or...

A Few Reminders About Contract Claims and Appeals

A recent Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (“ASBCA”) case, Shavers-Whittle Const., LLC, ASBCA No. 60025, Feb. 9, 2016,...

Haste Makes Waste: Latent Solicitation Ambiguities

Sometimes, for the best of reasons, a contracting officer (“CO”) decides to charge ahead with a procurement when his or her own staff...

Six Recurring Agency Mistakes in Discussions

Discussions may become a very important part of a negotiated procurement. Discussions always occupy a compelling spot in the lore of...

G.L. Christian & Associates v. the Lions

For more than 50 years, the “Christian Doctrine” has been established law. The doctrine provides that if a mandatory contract clause is...