When two competing bids come in for one contract, and the winner is tens of millions of dollars higher then the loser, something's up. That's what happened in the case of an Army communications deal. You can guess the result. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
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.
Fixed price contracts don't always have to go to the lowest bidder, not if a higher priced bidder offers more value. That's the gist of a landmark decision from the Government Accountability Office. It ruled against protesters of the Alliant 2 governmentwide acquisition contract the General Services Administration is trying to establish. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain the decision.
When the Defense Department recently awarded two giant contracts to manage health care services, it had smooth sailing in spite of protests. That's a marked contrast from five years ago when several awards were overturned on protest. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on how they managed things in 2016.
The procurement policy changes in the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act for 2017 take up 230 pages and include more than 100 provisions. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell goes over the highlights on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
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.
Sometimes the government doesn't quite manage to keep its databases of contractor information up to date. That can lead to trouble when a contract award is made or denied based on wrong information. That's what happened after Engility acquired TASC. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell offers insight on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Like Old Faithful, the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council erupts periodically, showers contracting officers and contractors with new rules, updates to old ones and even subtle word changes. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of the law firm Petrillo & Powell shares the latest bucketful on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Having a foreign subsidiary in a country getting preference in an acquisition ... that may not be enough to overcome a protest. That's what a court initially decided when the Air Force went ahead with an acquisition using a subsidiary of a U.S. company and not one home-grown in Denmark. But there's a twist. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo with Petrillo and Powell fills in all the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
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.
If you snooze, you lose. That's what one major contractor found out in court when its financing partners failed to file certain paperwork. Joseph Petrillo, a procurement attorney with Petrillo and Powell, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more about this cautionary story