Tamari Palmer

Lapse in SAM Registration Disqualifies Government Contractor from Contract Award

The Court of Federal Claims (COFC) recently interpreted FAR Clause 52.204-7, which requires offerors to register in the System for Award Management (SAM), to indicate that even a slight lapse in a contractor’s SAM registration status could disqualify them from potential award.   The Case Before the Court  COFC recently granted a preliminary injunction in Myriddian, LLC v. U.S. , No. 23-443 (Fed. Cl. May 23, 2023) staying performance of a contract solicited by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide methodologies . . . Read More

GAO Sustains Protest Finding Agency’s Failure to Engage in Meaningful Discussions Was Not Cured During Re-Evaluation   

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently sustained a protest in Life Science Logistics, LLC , B-421018.2, .3 (April 19, 2023), finding that an agency’s discussions were not meaningful where they did not disclose flaws that were present in the protestor’s initial proposal, but which were not identified by the agency until it re-evaluated the proposal during corrective action. Below, PilieroMazza reviews this case and highlights key actions an agency is required to take to give government contractors similar opportunities to revise their proposals.   The . . . Read More

DOD Issues Final Rule Updating Supplier Performance Risk System (SPRS) Assessment Procedures for Federal Contractors 

Effective March 22, 2023, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued a final rule (Final Rule) amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) requiring Contracting Officers (COs) to use Supplier Performance Risk System (SPRS) assessments when evaluating proposals and considering a contractor’s responsibility. Federal government contractors should be aware of the changes, how the government can use SPRS assessments, and the potential effects on cybersecurity compliance and bid protests. On June 6, 2023, PilieroMazza attorneys will present “Cybersecurity for Government Contractors: Success . . . Read More