Indefinite-delivery, indefinite quantity contracts with multiple contractors are supposed to make competition easier. Sometimes the opposite happens.
Short of protesting a contract award to a competitor, there's nothing a contractor can do when it gets a bad performance rating.
Sometimes procurement does come down to lowest price, but often contracting officers have to make tradeoffs.
GAO upheld a bid protest filed by YWCA over a Labor Department contract to run the agency's Los Angeles Job Corps center.
The Forest Service uses planes in wildfire suppression. The specs for one such plane landed the agency in the thicket of a protest.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for Federal Claims ruled the Army went too far in trying to be fair to bidders on a recent recompete contract.
An important acquisition by the Education Department hit the rocks. One contractor got hold of earlier bid documents of its competitor. Even disclosure of that fact wasn't enough to save this one. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Sometimes large and highly publicized procurements go so far off the rails the agency has no choice but to cancel them. That's what happened when Homeland Security's acquisition shop tried to make a multiple award deal for agile development. After two rounds of protests, the agency gave up. Joseph Petrillo, procurement attorney with Petrillo and Powell, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk more on the perceived irregularities.
There's nothing like federal contract award protests to make the simple seem complicated. But if you cut through the legalese, sometimes the lowest cost bid really does turn out to be the best deal. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell shares some recent cases in point on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Contractor Performance Assessment Reports System (CPARS) is one of the Defense Department's most potent weapons for dealing with poor performing companies. But sometimes contracting officers make erroneous judgments and enter them into CPARS. Then what? Contractors can sue. But procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin that even if they win the case, they don't really win.
When incumbent services contractors see a recompetition coming, it often sets off their "spidey sense." But there are limits to how much a contractor can control the solicitation put out by the agency for which it's working. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell shares a recent case in point on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
When the Army dropped a waste removal contractor for a base in Louisiana, it didn't plan on a protest from the good folks of Dripping Spring, Texas. But the incumbent contractor, located in that gateway to hill country, did in fact protest the new award, which went to the government of the parish in which Fort Polk is located. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell shares the details of this curious case on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Trump administration sees the new White House Office of American Innovation to be headed by Jared Kushner as one way to make federal procurement more efficient and responsive. So is erasing a contracting rule established by the Obama administration. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell offers his take on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Few types of deals raise the hackles of services contractors more than lowest-price, technically acceptable. Some recent protest decisions should should make them feel a little better about LPTA. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of the law firm Petrillo and Powell tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin they can and have won with higher prices when they justify higher costs.