March 31, 2020

The impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the government contracting community is widespread. From shelter-in-place directives, to stop work orders, telework, and delays, contractors are necessarily navigating uncharted territory. The calculated decision to scale back operations or layoff/furlough employees is also an unfortunate scenario playing out in many management meetings.

Despite these complexities, however, some government contractors are looking to other c...

March 4, 2020

Federal government contracting is a challenging marketplace.  From business development to capture, the process is laborious, costly, and oftentimes complex.  When a contractor decides to bid on a government contract opportunity, the path narrows, as contractors not only must submit a superior proposal (technical, past performance, and cost) but also must ensure that it complies with all of the stated solicitation requirements along the way.  

But what happens when a...

October 24, 2019

Contractors know all too well how challenging it is to win a government contract.  From business development to capture, the process is labor intensive, costly, and complex.  When the decision to bid is made, the path only becomes steeper, as contractors must not only submit a technically superior solution at "the right price" but also must ensure that their proposal complies with all of the stated solicitation requirements along the way.  

These requirements include, for example,...

September 7, 2018

We are nearing the end of FY2018 and that means some contractors are feverishly working on proposals with hopes of winning contracts during the fiscal year-end spending surge. These contracts tend to be lucrative ("use it or lose it" mentality), as each has the potential to help you increase revenue and bolster past performance. But, to capitalize on this opportunity, contractors must first ensure that your proposals are timely submitted to be eligible for an award. In that regard, it's importan...

November 25, 2017

Recent GAO protest reiterates the rule that a proposal is timely when the agency receives it at the designated place before the deadline. Notably, a delivery confirmation from the contractor's email system does not constitute receipt of an emailed proposal.

Briefly, the protester emailed its proposal to the designated inbox before the deadline and received an Outlook delivery confirmation. When the agency didn't acknowledge receipt, the protester called to verify. The agency didn't receive the pr...

August 20, 2016

With shrinking budgets and fewer government contracts being awarded, capture and proposal teams carry a heavy burden in such a competitive market. The success or failure of government contractors–winning or losing contracts–can sometimes rest upon answers to hypotheticals.  One thorny task commonly set forth in some RFPs is a call to present a solution to a hypothetical scenario.  While your answer to a hypothetical may seem straightforward, proposal teams should be aware that everything you wri...

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Welcome to GovConJudicata an informational blog/website focusing on government contracts issues, including bid protests (e.g., GAO, COFC), claims, disputes, SBA matters, compliance, regulatory, and cyber (e.g., DFARS, NIST SP 800-171, CMMC).

GovConJudicata is published by Joshua Duvall, managing partner at Matross Edwards, a law firm providing government contracts and cybersecurity legal services to small and mid-sized businesses.

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