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What Happens In Vegas Doesn’t Seem To Stay In Vegas: A Different Take on GSA’s Recent Woes

By John Chierichella and Jonathan Aronie Note: The following post is adapted from the forthcoming 2012/2013 GSA Schedule Handbook, published by ThompsonWest, due out later this year. The past 12 months were interesting ones for the Multiple Award Schedule Program. To the dismay of many, and the embarrassment of some, the General Services Administration seems … Continue Reading

MAS March Madness 2012: Final Rule for Increased Competition in MAS/BPA Orders

By Alexander Major A year ago, we advised our readers of the interim rule intended to emphasize competition under GSA Federal Supply Schedule (“FSS”) contracts and FSS Blanket Purchase Agreements (“BPAs”) here. To recap, the March 2011 interim rule imposed a requirement for varying degrees of competition for orders above the FAR’s $3,000 Micropurchase Threshold … Continue Reading

From Attestation Reviews To Examinations: The GSA OIG Expands The Scope Of Its Pre-Award Audits

By Jonathan S. Aronie So there I was, just sitting there minding my own business. It was the third day of the GSA OIG’s site visit being conducted as part of a routine pre-award audit (or as the OIG called it, a pre-award “attestation review”), and all was going well. The auditor, who was quite a nice guy … Continue Reading

MAS March Madness: Increased Competition In Multiple Award Schedule Orders

By Alexander Major On March 16, 2011, the FAR Councils, heeding Congress’ mandate in Section 863 of the 2009 Defense Authorization Act, published an interim rule intending to ramp up competition for orders placed under GSA Federal Supply Schedule (“FSS”) contracts and FSS Blanket Purchase Agreements (“BPA”). The new rules, which apply to all federal agencies as … Continue Reading

Size Does Matter – Impacts Of The Small Business Jobs Act Of 2010

By David S. Gallacher On September 27, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010 (Pub. L. No. 111-240). The Act is intended to free up capital by providing tax cuts for small businesses (some of which are temporary) and to promote exports of U.S. products, all with a … Continue Reading

Finally, A Ruling That Applies Some Common Sense To The False Claims Act

By Jonathan S. Aronie and Christopher M. Loveland Search for the phrase False Claims Act on the Internet, and you will be hit with a barrage of websites telling you how easy it is to bring a fraud case against a Government contractor. Sadly, these websites are right. The bar to bringing FCA claims has been lowered to … Continue Reading

On Their Way: The MAS Advisory Panel Recommendations

With its mission to discuss and recommend changes to the MAS program, including price reductions provisions, most favored customer status, and practices in commercial pricing, the Multiple Award Schedule (“MAS”) Advisory Panel has voted on several recommendations to present to the Administrator of GSA.  The Panel has been meeting since April last year, and currently … Continue Reading
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