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Finally! How many years has it been that we’ve had to read the endless protests filed by that brainless idiot who calls himself Latvian Connections? (My favorite was the one where he protested the issuance of 150 RFPs that didn’t, in fact, exist.) This is just another lunatic one. Except that this time, the GAO, Read more about GAO, I’m Going to Buy You A Drink![…]
I used to do some acquisition training for the VA, and I was consistently flabbergasted by the contracting personnel. More than any other agency I’ve ever dealt with, the COs at the VA has no idea how the FAR works, have no idea what they are doing, and in fact have concocted a number of Read more about The VA Strikes Again[…]
Another protest where the purpose seems to be to antagonize the government. A firm should pursue a protest if they feel the agency has done something wrong. But East-West here only seems to be interested into bullying the agency into reforming the acquisition to the point where East-West can bid on it. That’s not the Read more about Think It Through, Dude[…]
Well, this is an interesting argument. “I met the requirements for some other previous unrelated RFP, so I should be OK for anything else NOAA issues.” Shame it didn’t work. I was about to put in a proposal as a private jet pilot. 🙂
GAO put out a report a while back detailing a number of statistics concerning procurement protests. What I found most interesting was the listing of the top reasons why the government lost. 1. Failure to follow the evaluation criteria 2. Unreasonable cost or price evaluation 3. Inadequate documentation of the record 4. Unequal treatment of Read more about Here’s Your Sign[…]
This problem pops up all the time. When responding to an RFP, the offeror has to acknowledge that they received all the amendments to the RFP, to assure the government that all the proposals are responding to the same requirement. If you don’t, you’ll get kicked out. A simple rule, but one that dooms proposals Read more about Acknowledge the Amendments![…]
Here’s a principle to keep in mind when filing a protest with the feds – if you bring up protest points A, B and C in your protest, and the government responds to A, B and C with an explanation – you have to address all the points in your rebuttal. If you don’t, the Read more about Abandon Hope[…]
This is a good one. The agency makes a number of stupid mistakes, and then explains it to the GAO by saying “well, the individual factors and scores don’t really matter – we evaluate the proposals as a whole” – whatever the hell that means. And to top it off, the winner had taken a Read more about Another Stupid Contracting Officer[…]
This is exactly the kind of whiny-ass protest that would guarantee that Bashen Corporation would never get an award from me.
It seems a fairly simple exercise: 1. Describe in an RFP how you will evaluate the proposals. 2. Evaluate the proposals that way. Well, you’d be amazed how many times the government can’t seem to follow that little list. Here’s the latest. What is so disturbing about this kind of protest is that the CO Read more about HHS Screws the Pooch[…]
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