On the surface, two last minute rules passed by the Obama administration require government agencies to come clean on late payments to subcontractors and privacy training for contractor employees. But what does that mean? Speaking on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Joe Petrillo, attorney at Petrillo and Powell, provides some answers.
Companies often challenge contract awards when the people being proposed by the winner don't meet the qualifications the agency set forth in the first place. That's what happened with one services contractor. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin the agency's response made things even more drawn out.
Congress gives and it also takes away. On Sept. 30, it let expire a protest avenue for task orders larger than $10 million. Before then, contractors could have taken these protests to the GAO, like regular contract awards. So what happens next? For some insight, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin turns to Joseph Petrillo, procurement attorney with Petrillo and Powell.
The Defense Department continues to be concerned about counterfeit parts making their way into weapons systems and virtually everything else it buys. The worries are that fake parts could cause mission critical systems to fail unexpectedly.
Contracting officers and program managers don't appreciate it when prime contractors bid using a particular sub only to pull a switcheroo after the award and the work starts. Small businesses hate being escorted to the dance, only to have their date abandon them at the punch bowl. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin new rules to curb bait and switch are coming from the FAR Council.
Federal PCs have been stuffed with Microsoft applications since time immemorial. Now more and more users want the cloud versions. But the IRS found that an existing license maintenance contract didn't give it access to the cloud. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of the law firm Petrillo and Powell offers his insight on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Veteran-owned, small businesses got a boost from the Supreme Court recently. Its ruling on an obscure procurement by the VA opened up more set-asides. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of the law firm Petrillo and Powell joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain the case.
A contracting officer's power is not unlimited. He or she has the act in good faith, as one agency found out in the Court of Federal Claims over the termination of an employee. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell sheds light on the case on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
It's an old rule: A small business can't front for a large business just to get a set-aside contract. But that doesn't keep people from trying. One recent case went two rounds of protest only to prove large and small companies can't exchange a few people and get away with it. Federal Drive with Tom Temin discussed this case with procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo.
As the saying goes, good procurements start with good requirements. If that's the case, then the acquisition you're about to hear about was doomed from the start. Not surprisingly, the Government Accountability Office upheld the protests against it. Attorney Joseph Petrillo of the law firm Petrillo and Powell joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details and lessons learned.
Talk about a procurement gone wrong from the beginning. In contracting for training services for its fliers, the Navy made several mistakes. Big ones. Not surprisingly, the Government Accountability Office sustained the protest brought by Cortek. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of the Washington firm Petrillo and Powell shares some lessons on what not to do on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Organization conflict of interest. Non-disclosure of facts. Tampering with bids. This procurement had it all. It was only a $5 million deal for the Justice Department. But sometimes just about everything goes wrong. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell fills in Federal Drive with Tom Temin on the bizarre case of the contract where the Government Accountability Office threw up its hands and said, start over.
What if you found that a major contractor to your agency was aiding those out to harm the United States? That's exactly what happened to Central Command in Afghanistan. It turns out, it's not so easy to get rid of the contractor. For lessons learned in this strange case, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turns to procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of the law firm Petrillo and Powell.
Early in the Iraq war, substandard electrical wiring at U.S. bases caused the deaths of soldiers. The lawsuits are still dragging on. Construction contractor KBR has sued the Pentagon for documents it says it needs in lawsuits against the company. The DoD hasn't complied. Joe Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo and Powell, joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to the sort out this case and its implications.