8(a) Participants, Beware of Blanket Purchase Agreements

8(a) Participants, Beware of Blanket Purchase Agreements

Many federal agencies and contracting officers utilize blanket purchase agreements (“BPA”) to contract for their requirements.  BPAs are generally recognized as a simplified method of filing anticipated needs for supplies and services under both FAR 8.405-3 and FAR...
End of Fiscal Year: SAM.gov Maintenance Reminder

End of Fiscal Year: SAM.gov Maintenance Reminder

As the federal government’s end of fiscal year (“EOFY”) rapidly approaches, the Department of Energy (“DoE”) recently released an Acquisition Letter requiring its contracting officers to verify each offeror’s and contractor’s System for Award Management (“SAM.gov”)...

Update: 8(a) Program’s Presumed Class

We are currently evaluating the next steps for 8(a) business development program participants and applicants in light of federal district court’s decision in Ultima Servs. Corp. v. U.S. Dept’ of Agriculture. In Ultima, the court ruled on the 8(a)...

District Court Decision Regarding Size Status

On May 18, 2023, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (the “Court”) issued a decision with potentially far-reaching consequences for small business federal contractors. The court’s decision held that utilization of merely tax returns for size...