Comparing the GAO and the COFC

By Grace Mahan There are a number of ways to pursue a protest of a federal contract award. Generally, such protests are pursued in one of three forums: with the procuring agency, the Government Accountability Office, or the Court of Federal Claims. In broad terms, these three bodies differ in the formality of their procedures, […]

The Rule of Two

By Grace Mahan Government contracts law and procedure includes a number of rules intended to facilitate or require the awarding of contracts to small businesses through set-asides. One such rule is the “Rule of Two,” which mandates that a contract officer (CO) set aside any acquisition over $150,000 for small business participation when there is […]

The SBA’s Guide to the Ostensible Contractor Rule

By Grace Mahan In a recent size appeal decision, Emergent, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-5875, the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Hearing and Appeals (OHA) reinforced the criteria it uses to evaluate the “ostensible subcontractor” rule. The rule provides that when a prime contractor is unusually reliant on a subcontractor or when a subcontractor is […]

Bargains or Red Flags: Satisfying An Agency’s Cost-Realism Analysis

By Grace Mahan Like any other commercial customer, government agencies seek out bargains in their contracts for goods and services. Accordingly, it behooves government contractors to price their bids competitively. However, although tendering the lowest bid seems like a surefire way to win a contract award, the strategy can lead to the correction or dismissal […]

Government Contracts in the Domain of Cyber

By Grace Mahan In the past few years, changes in cybersecurity requirements have proved to be among the most important developments in the world of government contracts. In 2017 alone, the White House issued a cybersecurity executive order, and the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) issued a Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) that imposed […]

Congratulations to Bear Construction Group, Inc.

Congratulations to Bear Construction Group, Inc., which has been verified as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and added to the Vendor Information Pages (VIP) at https://www.vip.vetbiz.gov.  Bear Construction Group, Inc. is now eligible to participate in Veterans First Contracting Program opportunities with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and is eligible to perform as a […]

Congratulations to Perfect Glassworks, LLC

O’Riordan Bethel issues a heartfelt congratulations to its client Perfect Glassworks, LLC! The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has certified Perfect Glassworks as a Maryland Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) as well as a Maryland Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). Maryland-based Perfect Glassworks, LLC (http://perfectglassworks.com/) offers a variety of glass solutions, including design, fabrication, and installation for residential […]