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GAO broadsides the Navy with "Rule of Two" decision...

Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC, Sunday, October 26, 2008
...and the impact from this might be felt in some not so pleasant ways for the small business community.

If you are not familiar with the ruling, in short, in it states that the set-aside provisions of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) sect. 19.502-2(b) apply to competitions for task and delivery orders issued under multiple-award contracts.

Did you feel that? That was the collective groan throughout government and the large/prime contractor community because of the implications on how business is currently done.

For details of the recent ruling, click here.

Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris have been covering this on their program, the Daily Debrief on Federal News Radio. They've had conversations with Roger Waldron who served on the SARA Panel, and Kevin Carroll, former Program Executive Officer for the Army's Enterprise Information Systems organization.

In conversations I've had with a few folks in the know who influence small business-set-asides, the ramifications could be counter-productive.

Stay tuned.

- The CVO

Tags:  delex  gao  navy  protest  small business.set-aside  task order 

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Carey Bandler says...
Posted Monday, October 27, 2008
At first glance, I would tend to agree with this ruling. If you "graduate" during the base years of a contract, then you should have to 're-certify' for the option years similar to competing for a new contract. Of course, as I take more time to fully consider the ramifications on all sides I may change my position. How's that for politico-speak?
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