Facing the Music: GSA Applications Sued by Florida Attorney General for Deceptive Trade Practices, Then Settles with the Department of Labor for Wage Violations – By Jennifer Aubel – Guest Blogger

Nov 20, 2014

After several years of investigation and more than 200 complaints, the Florida Attorney General is taking action against infamous GSA ‘consultant’, The Federal Verification Co., Inc. dba GSA Applications, filing a complaint alleging multiple violations of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.  Among the allegations are charges that GSA Applications used its team… Read more »

Latest News on The Consolidated Services Schedules – By Barbara Kinosky, Esq.

Nov 13, 2014

The General Services Administration (GSA) has been making major changes in the past few months to their professional services Schedule offerings. GSA announced that the first step in this process will be to consolidate Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) services offerings. With the recent news of GSA naming Kevin Youel Page as the new deputy commissioner… Read more »

VA Protest, Forecast for DOD Budgets Partly Cloudy, USDA Gets Knuckles Rapped and Funny Halloween Legal News – By Barbara S. Kinosky, Esq.

Nov 6, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is again in the news. This time for the technical evaluations done for the subscription services for its pharmaceutical information database.  After the VA made award to Cox Subscriptions, Inc., Swets Information Services filed a protest at the GAO.  The GAO concluded that the agency failed to document its… Read more »

The Worst Week Award Goes to Boeing – By Barbara Kinosky, Esq.

Oct 30, 2014

Boeing won the Air Force aerial tanker contract after protesting an award to European Aeronautic in a hard fought procurement.  Now Boeing Co. is revising its master schedule for developing the new tanker that has already run up an estimated $1 billion in excess costs for the contractor.  Yes, that is correct, $1 billion dollars… Read more »

FedBid Gets a Visit From the Inspector General and Small Business Numbers Aren’t all About Small Business – By Barbara S. Kinosky, Esq.

Oct 9, 2014

October 10, 2014 Remember one of the classic lines from the movie Casablanca in which a customer at Rick’s Place observes the gambling and asks, “Are you sure this place is honest?”  And Carl answers, “Honest as the day is long.”  Well, that pretty much sums up the relationship between FedBid and certain Veterans Affairs … Read more »

The Latest News in Federal Contracting – By Barbara S. Kinosky, Esq.

Oct 2, 2014

October 2nd, 2014 Happy end of the government fiscal year to everyone! Let’s start with GSA this week.  It’s own Office of Audits, Office of Inspector General just released a report that the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is not consistently training its CORS in best practices, consistent with certification standards. Recommendations include more school. Here’s the… Read more »

All Things Labor – By Barbara Kinosky, Esq.

Sep 25, 2014

It’s been a busy summer following all the Executive Orders.  Here’s the quick read summary for all you busy multi-taskers.  I close this blog with a wage and hour case in the news.  Let’s go: EO 13673 – Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces EO What?  Requires contractors to report labor violations and notify workers of… Read more »

GAO Reviews Subcontracting Under 8(a) Contracts – By Barbara S. Kinosky, Esq.

Sep 18, 2014

Continued Noncompliance with 8(a) Subcontracting Limitations The Government Accountability Office (GAO) just released a second report on 8(a) compliance with subcontracting limitations.   The report examined the extent to which 8(a) companies and contracting officers monitor compliance to ensure the 8(a) contractor is performing the requisite amount of work.  The report states: Similar to prior GAO… Read more »