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BLOG: 2019 GAO Bid Protest Annual Report: Number of Protests Filed Drops by 16%

November 8, 2019
By Michelle E. Litteken
GAO recently issued its annual report to Congress, which provides data concerning protest filings for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. GAO's annual report confirms a sharp decrease in the number of protests filed. Notably, 2,198 protests were filed in FY 2019—a 16% decrease from FY 2018.
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BLOG: SBA Publishes Important Proposed Rule Changes to 8(a) and Mentor-Protégé Programs

November 8, 2019
By Pamela J. Mazza
Today, SBA published a proposed rule to merge its mentor-protégé programs and amend many of its rules governing the 8(a) program and small businesses. The proposed rule would have significant implications for the government contracting community. Comments are due by January 17, 2020, and PilieroMazza will host a seminar on November 18, 2019, from 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM EST at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. Our seminar will feature Pamela Mazza, Managing Partner of PilieroMazza, and John Klein, Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law at the Small Business Administration (SBA) and one of the key drafters of the proposed rule, and it will provide a head start to government contractors in understanding the proposed changes and enable attendees to comment. For more details and to register, please visit this link. Below are our highlights.
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BLOG: Trouble with Tariffs? You May Have the Basis for an REA or a Claim

November 8, 2019
By Michelle E. Litteken
In recent years, tariffs have been imposed on an array of goods, ranging from electronics to solar panels to industrial equipment. For companies bidding on contracts now, the tariffs may not be a concern, as the tariffs can be factored into the pricing proposal. However, for government contractors performing contracts that were awarded before the tariffs were imposed, the tariffs may result in increased and unanticipated costs. Those increased costs may provide the basis for a request for equitable adjustment ("REA") or a claim under the Contract Disputes Act ("CDA").
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BLOG: Small Talk: SBA Size Calculation for Government Contractors

November 4, 2019
By Meghan F. Leemon
With changes to size standards this year based on inflation estimated to enable 89,730 firms to gain small business status, annual size recertification requirements, and potentially severe penalties for misrepresentation of size, it is essential that government contractors calculate their size correctly and keep their System for Award Management profile up to date. This is often daunting, as size standards differ by industry and, depending on your industry and the procurement you are pursuing, you may have to calculate your size with employee numbers or annual receipts, which includes those of your affiliates. Below is a simple guide for calculating your company's size, with supporting resources from SBA.
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BLOG: Microsoft Upsets Amazon in Winner-Take-All Award of Defense Department's JEDI Contract

October 28, 2019
By Lauren Brier
On October 25, 2019, the Department of Defense ("DoD") issued an award of its $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure ("JEDI") cloud computing contract to Microsoft, beating out Amazon Web Services ("AWS"), the long-time favorite to receive the award. DoD's decision has come as a shock to most federal procurement experts and cloud service providers ("CSPs"), as many believed JEDI was tailor-made for AWS based on the contract's advanced technical standards, as well as its stringent security certification requirements. The contract's rigorous security criteria, an ongoing issue of contention between government contractors bidding on the contract, ultimately removed many offerors early on from the competition (including Oracle), which left Microsoft and Amazon in a winner-take-all battle to control the Pentagon's cloud computing for years to come.
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