Joseph Petrillo

CBP’s late-stage solicitation change sparks bid protest

U.S. Customs and Border Protection changed a solicitation after receiving bids. And it gave bidders very little time to make revisions.

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(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)FILE - This June 6, 2013 file photo, shows the sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md.All fingers are pointing to Russia as author of the worst-ever hack of U.S. government agencies. But President Donald Trump, long wary of blaming Moscow for cyberattacks has so far been silent. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

NSA cloud contract in trouble after Microsoft’s successful bid protest

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(Photo courtesy of the Government Accountability Office)

Sometimes bid protests stand a better chance in court than with GAO

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(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)FILE - In this Monday, March 9, 2009  file photo, The Harry S. Truman Building, headquarters for the State Department, is seen in Washington. The State Department has ordered non-essential diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Chad to leave the African nation due to potential insurgent attacks on the capital, Saturday, April 17, 2021. The department said in a travel alert issued Saturday that it had taken the step because armed groups from the northern part of the country have moved south and appear headed toward the city.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

State Department contract on protective services gets complicated

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Why DHS landed in hot water over $5M leadership training contract

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This image released Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, by the Iranian Army shows a helicopter hovering over the Iranian-made Makran logistics vessel during a naval drill. Iran fired cruise missiles Thursday as part of the drill in the Gulf of Oman, state media reported, amid heightened tensions with the U.S. (Iranian Army via AP)

A contractor learns, if you’re going to price high, price really, really high

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Air Force award for professional services spurs bid protest over price ‘realism’

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A look into the world of federal contracting protests

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How the government’s mistaken prices disclosure derailed a big follow-on solicitation

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Nonprofits employing workers with disabilities have different procurement rules from other companies

Can nonprofit contractors under the AbilityOne Program compete with one another on price? That’s what the Court of Federal Claims was asked to rule on.

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Navy faces protests on contract for maintenance and logistics support

Contracting officers can have interchanges with bidders, but they have to be done fairly, or else the bidder is likely to protest, as the Navy found out…

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How a Frankenstein version of equipment landed a Defense contractor in court

If your product doesn’t meet the government’s specifications, it can be dangerous, in more ways than one, to try and rig something up. But that’s what a manufacturer of food processing equipment did.

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