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Fixed-price contracts mean exactly what they’re called: FIXED-price

The perils of fixed-price contracts during inflationary times. There may not be a cure.

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How two letters of the alphabet blew an award protest into a court case

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Why contract award debriefings are no mere formalities

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Pentagon offers a shred of hope for inflation relief on fixed-price contracts

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Government be warned: Contractors do not have to keep cost reimbursement records forever

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The US might be out of Afghanistan, but an Army contract dispute rolls on and on

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When key personnel really do matter in bidding for federal contracts

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman/Airman Azaria E. FosterDefense Logistics Agency, Moody Air Force Base, troops

Disability employer was a mandated source for body armor, but DLA opened up bids to others

When the government establishes a mandated source of supply, that means there’s no way around it. That’s what the Defense Logistics Agency found when it…

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Government IT glitches can keep contract bids from being received on time

One thing government contracting shops are sticklers for is receiving bids by the stated deadline. Two days or two seconds late, and would-be contractors…

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What happens when government buyers should negotiate, but don’t

When the Defense Department buys high-dollar items under negotiated procurement rules it’s supposed to negotiate but the Army awarded a major contract without talking to any of five bidders.

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