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NASA wants to change award-fee evaluations and payments

On April 22, 2016, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced proposed rule changes about award fees. The proposed changes are a result of the NASA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) audit report, “NASA’s Use of Award Fee Contracts” (Report IG-14-003). The changes will be made in Parts 1816 and 1852 of Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

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Shootout at the bid contest: Remington v. Colt

Remington Arms Company and Colt Defense recently had a “shootout” about a government contract before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Remington won.

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Bid protest sustained for poor documentation of decision

In baseball terminology, the protester in this case had a triple play. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended—

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Lowest bidder doesn’t always win

In the 1998 movie Armageddon, oil drillers are launched into space to destroy a Texas-sized asteroid hurtling toward Earth. Their special skills are needed to drill a hole into the asteroid to plant a nuclear device that will destroy the asteroid and save Earth. Before they are launched into space, one of the drillers wryly remarks: “You know we’re sitting on four million pounds of fuel, one nuclear weapon, and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder. Makes you feel good, doesn’t it?”

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Electrical contractor grazed by treble-damages bullet under False Claims Act

More than $750,000—that’s what a federal government contractor was going to have to pay until a federal appeals court reduced the amount to $14,748.

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