Monthly Archives: April 2017

DFARS CDI Compliance in 60 seconds

If your organization contracts with the DoD and works with Covered Defense Information (CDI), it’s safe to say our 60 second video is the perfect brush up on DFARS compliance.

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Aronson Capital Partners Advises Reports & Requirements Company on its Sale to Buchanan & Edwards

on Wednesday, 12 April 2017, Posted in Experience

Aronson Capital Partners (“ACP”) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Reports & Requirements Company (“R2C”) by Buchanan & Edwards (“BE”).

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GSA IG Recommends Pricing Review of over 300 Migrated Professional Services Schedule Contracts

The General Services Administration (GSA)’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report on March 21, 2017, titled “Audit of Price Evaluations and Negotiations for the Professional Services Schedule Contracts.” According to the IG audit, GSA’s process to consolidate eight pre-existing schedules into the Professional Services Schedule (PSS) resulted in the award of new contracts without establishing price reasonableness. Contracting officers also used a combined “Pre and Price Negotiation Memorandum” template that does not conform to Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) policy. Finally, contract files lack sufficient documentation to determine fair and reasonable pricing. In February 2017, GSA’s FAS initiated price reevaluations for all 322 migrated contracts to ensure prices awarded were fair and reasonable.

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President Trump Issues Buy American Executive Order

President Trump’s first executive order that directly affects government contractors was signed on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Federal law and the associated Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) have long established a preference for the procurement of goods manufactured or produced in the United States. The most well-known domestic preference requirements are the Buy American Act (BAA) and the Trade Agreements Act (TAA), which are applied to government contractors via FAR 52.225-1 and FAR 52.225-5, respectively. 

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GSA Contemplates Making Transactional Data Reporting Pilot Participation Optional

At a recent industry event, Kevin Youel Page, the deputy commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), made a surprising revelation – GSA is considering making participation in its controversial Transactional Data Reporting (TDR) pilot program completely optional. Currently, only existing contractors can choose whether they want to participate, and even they have to participate if they add a Special Item Number (SIN) to their contract or renew it. Mandatory participation also applies to all new offers against Schedules included the pilot.

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