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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

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Losing bidder claims Procurement Integrity Act violation in Navy software license award

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Bid protest over Census MAS award centers ‘misrepresentation’ claim

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Agency cancels third-party software license but original vendor still claims infringement

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Study of GAO bid protest data shows why it’s hard to interpret the numbers

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

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

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In this handout image from the U.S. Navy, sailors prepare a CARINA unmanned undersea drone off San Diego, California, April 19, 2021. The U.S. Navy's Mideast-based 5th Fleet said Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, it will launch a new task force that incorporates airborne, sailing and underwater drones after years of maritime attacks linked to ongoing tensions with Iran. (U.S. Navy/Lt. Cmdr. Tony Wright, via AP)

Conflict of interest claim follows Navy employee taking job with bidder

For how the case turned out, Federal Drive with Tom Temin talked with Smith Pachter McWhorter procurement attorney Joe Petrillo.

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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

In the sweepstakes for the latest iteration of a big Army logistics contract, two bid protests failed to gain a prize for one bidder. A big issue was pricing.

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This is an illustration provided by SpaceX shows the SpaceX Starship human lander design that will carry the first NASA astronauts to the surface of the Moon under the Artemis program. Jeff Bezos has lost his appeal of NASA's contract with Elon Musk's SpaceX to build its new moon lander. The Government Accountability Office Friday, July 30, 2021 ruled that NASA's award of the $2.9 billion contract to just SpaceX was legal and proper.(SpaceX/NASA via AP)

Turbulence in a NASA contract to build a new lunar landing vehicle

A series of protests over a $3 billion award to SpaceX has turned up a lot of issues, as the Federal Drive with Tom Temin heard from Smith Pachter McWhorter procurement attorney Joe Petrillo.

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