Archives: Kelly Kroll

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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:

Bulletin: Changes on the Horizon for GSA Contractor Assistance Visits

Tom Brady, General Service Administration’s Director, Supplier Management Division. GSA/FAS/Office of Acquisition Management spoke via webinar on March 12, 2015 on the subject of Contractor Assistance Visits (“CAVs”). Mr. Brady presented future changes to the CAVs that GSA is currently investigating. In summary, GSA is looking to streamline the process to make the CAVS shorter […]

New Advisory Ruling on Substantial Transformation of Software

Bulletin:  If you have a contract governed by the Trade Agreements Act (“TAA”), you know that each line item on that contract needs to be either manufactured or “substantially transformed” in the United States or a TAA designated country.  The substantial transformation test is often a matter of degree and is far from black and […]

Federal Government to Implement SAM in Late July: Goodbye CCR, ORCA and EPLS!

Bulletin: SAM stands for the System for Award Management and is the latest online government procurement tool. SAM will eventually combine nine federal procurement systems into one. Phase 1 of the SAM implementation is expected at the end of July 2012 and will combine Central Contractor Registration (“CCR”), Online Representations and Certifications (“ORCA”) and the […]

GSA Plans to Close Certain Special Item Numbers Under the Multiple Award Schedule Program to New Offerors

Bulletin: Last week the General Services Administration (“GSA”) made public its intention to close out certain Special Item Numbers (“SINs”) under its popular Multiple Award Schedule (“MAS”) program. The SIN’s to be eliminated are those that GSA deems to be part of an “ever shrinking market.” In his statement to the House Small Business Subcommittee […]

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 […]