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Goodbye DUNS, Hello SAMMI

In November 2020, DUNS will be replaced by the Sam Managed Identifier (SAMMI) which will also be known as the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). While the DUNS was proprietary to Dun and Bradstreet, the new number will now be owned by the Government.  This will allow for this service to be competitively sought in the […]

Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) Solicitations Severely Restricted

On October 1, 2019 a new Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) provision 215.101-2-70 will go into effect which significantly limits a Contracting Officers ability to use a Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) solicitation.  The LPTA process prioritizes cost over technical capability and allows the agency to make an award to the lowest-priced offeror that […]

FedBizOpps is Undergoing a Transition

The Federal Business Opportunities website (FBO.gov), along with all the other government wide acquisition systems managed by the Integrated Award Environment, is being modernized and consolidated under the “beta.SAM.gov” system. This consolidation will provide not only better security, data quality and convenience for users, but will also reduce barriers for doing business with the government, […]

Companies Must be Cybersecurity Compliant – Department of Defense (DoD) Proposes New Certification Process

At the recent National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Procurement Division Meeting, Ms. Katie Arrington, the Special Assistant for Cybersecurity to the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment, updated attendees on DoD’s new approach to addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities.  She stated the DoD will no longer compromise cybersecurity over performance, cost or scheduling in government contracts.  […]

SBA Proposes New Certification Procedure for Women-Owned Small Businesses and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has proposed an amendment to its regulations on how Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSBs) are certified.  The WOSB and EDWOSB certification is required in order for these businesses to participate in the WOSB Federal Contract Program which restricts competition for these federal contracts to […]

Ask the Question – Avoiding Bid Protest and Contract Disputes

Based on my 25 years of experience in practicing federal procurement law, the single biggest cause of bid protests and contract disputes is the failure to “ask the question.”  While I can’t tell you what the question is because it’s never the same, I can tell you that by “asking the question” you can save […]

Ed Kinberg Presents Webinar on Small Business Joint Venture Agreements

On November 7, 2018, Widerman Malek attorney Ed Kinberg presented a webinar for the Florida 8(a) Alliance on new SBA rules for small businesses and the legal requirements for contracting with the United States Government as a qualified small business through a joint venture or Mentor Protégé agreement with a large business.   Mr. Kinberg is […]

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Employment Law Update: Federal Contractors Need to Be Mindful of Government Contract Compliance

Government contracts, unlike commercial transactions, are highly regulated. Unlike most commercial transactions, government contracts are highly regulated and have serious consequences for contractors who do not comply with the complex and changing rules of doing business with the government. It is therefore imperative that government contractors and other employers who do business with the federal […]

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