OMB Issues Memorandum on Buy American/Buy America Waivers

OMB Issues Memorandum on Buy American/Buy America Waivers

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently issued a memorandum that provides guidance to federal agencies on Buy American/Buy America waiver requests. The memorandum comes after President Biden signed Executive Order 14005 on January 25, 2021. The Executive...
Bid Protests vs. Size Protests

Bid Protests vs. Size Protests

When a disappointed offeror wants to challenge the award of a contract to a small business, there are two potential types of protests that it can make depending upon the circumstances of the case: a bid protest or a size protest. The bases of protest, where the...
SAM.gov and beta.SAM.gov Have Merged

SAM.gov and beta.SAM.gov Have Merged

Effective May 24, 2021, the SAM.gov and beta.SAM.gov websites have merged and become one system. Back in 2019, the Government created the beta.SAM.gov website to streamline the websites where contractors could access information relating to government contracts,...
Foreign Contractor Can’t Avoid Bonding Requirement

Foreign Contractor Can’t Avoid Bonding Requirement

Government construction contracts in excess of $150,000 require contractors to furnish payment and performance bonds. FAR 28.102-1(a). When these bonds are required, bonds supported by corporate sureties must be issued by sureties whose names appear on the Treasury...
DOL Withdraws Trump Administration Independent Contractor Rule

DOL Withdraws Trump Administration Independent Contractor Rule

On May 6, 2021, the Department of Labor (DOL) withdrew its Independent Contractor rule. The withdrawal follows a March 2021 notice of proposed rulemaking issued by the DOL citing several reasons why the rule should be withdrawn. The rule, published on January 7, 2021,...