Archives: Andrew Mohr

2016 HFA Institute Presentations – January 14, 2016

The Cohen Mohr team of Andrew Mohr, Kelly Kroll and Daniel Strouse spoke to HFA attendees on the Principles of Procurement where they explained general procurement processes for HUD PBCA work and summarized the protest process. Copies of the power point presentations can be found here:

Small Business Set-Asides Now Allowed Under the GSA Schedule Program

Synopsis: For decades now, GSA and SBA have fervently argued over the application of the Small Business Act’s small business set-aside rule to the GSA Schedule program. SBA claimed that the requirement to set-aside procurements valued between $3,000 and $100,000 exclusively for small businesses applied to GSA Schedule task orders under a clear reading of […]

E Stands for (Just About) Everything

Synopsis: About five or six years ago, we wrote about the steadily growing E-Government trend as evidenced by the numerous websites the government was using to effectuate E-Procurement such as eOffer, eBuy, and eLibrary.  Back then we looked through our crystal ball and predicted that a day would come when doing business with the federal […]

The Service Contract Act and GSA Schedules – Yes, It Does Apply (But It May Not Affect You)

Synopsis: Many GSA Schedule contractors operate under the mistaken belief that the Service Contract Act (“SCA”) does not apply to GSA Schedules. In fact, until just recently, there were also many GSA Schedule Contracting Officers that believed the same thing. The Department of Labor (“DOL”), Wage and Hour Division, however, will tell you otherwise. With […]

So You Want Service? All Service Orders Are Not the Same

Synopsis: No matter what an ordering activity may tell you, not all GSA Schedule task orders for services are issued on the same basis. The underlying terms and conditions of most GSA Schedule contracts allow for three different types of task orders: Time-and-Materials (“T&M”), Labor-Hour (“LH”) and Firm-Fixed Price (“FFP”). Understanding the differences among these […]

Subcontracting Shortcourse

Synopsis: In times of economic turmoil commercial entities often turn to the federal marketplace to try and recoup falling commercial revenue. Yet dealing directly with the federal government presents unique challenges and requirements akin to wading waist deep through a vat of melted marshmallows. As an alternative to direct contracting, newbie vendors often choose to […]

Ethics And Government Contracting

Synopsis: The Federal Acquisition Regulations (“FAR”) were revised during the Fall of 2007 to add a new rule which mandated, among other things, mandatory federal contractor compliance plans and business ethics training. The rule was designed to increase awareness of contractor compliance obligations and thereby decrease violations of federal law during contract performance. The final […]

The Trade Agreements Act

Synopsis: As a follow-up to our last installment on federal contracting, this article focuses on one area of compliance that applies to most suppliers of goods to the U.S. Federal Government — The Trade Agreements Act (“TAA”).

GSA Audits

Synopsis: All General Services Administration (“GSA”) Multiple Award Schedule solicitations contain provisions that provide GSA with certain rights to access and audit a contractor’s records. These provisions are usually invoked in three types of scenarios: pre-award audits, post-award audits, and the friendly sounding, but often dreaded, Contractor Assistance Visits (“CAV’s”). Pre-award audits rarely occur prior […]

Federal Government Compliance

Synopsis: As with anything related to the federal government, selling goods and services to the feds is anything but simple. Similar to the commercial marketplace, contracting with the U.S. government requires the careful targeting of potential buyers, beating the competition and then, if ultimately successful, the skillful negotiation of terms. That, unfortunately or not, is […]