Notable protest is denied by GAO

If you’ve followed this story since November of last year, the GAO has just announced that Boeing and Lockheed’s protest has been denied for this $80 billion dollar bomber contract.

GAO Denies Boeing’s Protest of Bomber Contract

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WASHINGTON — The Government Accountability Office has denied Boeing’s protest of the US Air Force’s decision to award Northrop Grumman a contract to build the Long Range Strike Bomber, allowing Northrop to move forward with engineering and development work after a three-month delay. Continue reading

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GAO: Performance-Based Contracts Are The Way To Go

Is this the wave of the future for government contracting?

Forbes LogoForbes – 1/27/2015 – Performance-based contracting received a boost this month when the Government Accountability Office found that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is making progress in moving toward a national performance-based approach.

The key word here is national and to that you can add “better contract management.” Under a typically-named government initiative—Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21)—the DOT recognized the importance of a more progressive approach in the way federal agencies and states do business with each other, with planning organizations and with private vendors.

Linking transportation programs to performance is an idea that’s been around for some time but wide-scale implementation has been slow. That’s why GAO decided to step in.

In the fiscal year 2013, DOT provided about $50 billion to states and other “grantees”—such as metropolitan planning organizations and transit agencies—to support highway and transit infrastructure and safety. However, it is not clear if this funding has improved system performance because, in part, these programs have lacked links to performance and national goals, the watchdog agency said this month in its latest report on the topic.

Read the full article here. 

Enforcement of 8(a) Subcontracting Limitations Likely to Increase​​

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By: Jonathan DeMella

Last month, the Government Accountability Office issued a report at the request of Senator Claire McCaskill, who asked the GAO to review how federal agencies monitor the work performed by subcontractors under 8(a) contracts, and the potential effects from recent changes to the Small Business Act. After examining a representative sample of ten 8(a) prime contracts and interviewing both Government and 8(a) contractor representatives, the GAO concluded that 8(a) prime contractors are not complying with the federal limitations on subcontracting requirements, and Contracting Officers are not adequately monitoring compliance.

The GAO thus recommended that the FAR be amended to include the three following requirements:

  1. At the time of contract award, contracting officers shall conduct and document an assessment of the 8(a) firm’s ability to comply with subcontracting limitations;
  2. Contracting officers shall include monitoring and oversight provisions in all 8(a) contracts to ensure that the contractors comply with the subcontracting limitations;
  3. and Prime 8(a) contractors shall periodically report to the contracting officer on the percentage of work being performed.​

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