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Steven Koprince
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When a solicitation amendment "nullified" initial proposals, an offeror could not rely on its initial proposal after its revised proposal was submitted late.
When an agency's substantive solicitation amendment nullified initial proposals, an offeror could not rely on that proposal after its second proposal was late.
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When it issues a size determination, the SBA is not required to specifically inform the recipient of the 15-day SBA OHA appeal deadline.
SBA size appeals are subject to a strict timeliness deadline, and the SBA is not required to notify prospective appellants of that deadline, says SBA OHA.
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A company has agreed to dissolve, and pay $1 million, to settle the government's SDVOSB fraud allegations.
SDVOSB fraud allegations involving a "rent-a-vet" scheme have led to a settlement in which the purported SDVOSB has agreed to dissolve--and pay $1 million.
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Reverse auctions: a last-second bid was excluded as "late." 
Reverse auctions encourage last second bids, but in one recent GAO bid protest decision, a last-second reverse auction bid was excluded as "late."
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The House of Representatives has proposed legislation to "fix" the broad interpretation of the non-manufacturer rule adopted last year by the Court of Federal Claims.
The non-manufacturer rule would apply only to contracts primarily for the purpose of purchasing supplies under the House version of the 2016 NDAA.
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Allowing subcontractors to independently submit price proposals to the government may be risky, as demonstrated by a recent GAO bid protest decision.
A subcontractor's independently-submitted cost/price proposal omitted a required attachment--causing the entire team to be disqualified.
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In discussions, a procuring agency is not required to advise an offeror that its price is significantly higher than its competitors, unless the price is so high as to render the proposal unacceptable.
According to the GAO, an agency need not raise an offeror's high price during discussions, unless the price is so high as to make the proposal unacceptable.
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SBA OHA says: "sorry, subcontractor--no size appeal for you."
SBA size appeals cannot be filed by large subcontractors, according to a recent size appeal decision of the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals
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A SBA OIG study of 34 WOSB and EDWOSB set-aside awards found that 15 of the 34 contracts were improperly awarded.
WOSB program awards were improper in 15 of 34 WOSB and EDWOSB contracts examined by the SBA Office of Inspector General
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A small business's SBA OHA size appeal was dismissed as untimely because the small business did not verify that OHA received its emailed size appeal.
SBA OHA size appeals may be filed by email, but it is up to the appellant to verify that OHA receives the email, as seen in a recent SBA OHA size appeal
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The House of Representatives has proposed to increase the simplified acquisition threshold from $150,000 to $500,000.
The simplified acquisition threshold would increase to $500,000 under a proposal contained in the House version of the 2016 NDAA
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The SBA has acknowledged that WOSB self-certification was eliminated in the 2015 NDAA--but is the SBA on the wrong track in its suggestions about what happens next? 
WOSB self-certification was eliminated by the 2015 NDAA, but the SBA suggests (perhaps wrongly) that self-certification may continue pending SBA action.
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Government Contracts Attorney
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  • Koprince Law LLC
    Managing Partner, 2015 - present
    I am the Managing Partner of Koprince Law LLC, a law firm dedicated to providing comprehensive legal solutions to federal government contractors.
  • Petefish, Immel, Heeb & Hird, LLP
    Partner, 2012 - 2015
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Lawrence, KS
Previously
Arlington, VA - Williamsburg, VA - Raleigh, NC - Durham, NC - Grand Forks, ND - Urbana, IL
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785-655-0450
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842 Louisiana Street, Lawrence KS 66044
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Attorney focusing on small government contractors, author of The Small-Business Guide to Government Contracts, publisher of the SmallGovCon Blog, and proud daddy of two amazing kids.
Introduction
I am an attorney whose practice focuses on the unique needs of small businesses dealing with the federal government.  I guide small businesses on government contracts compliance issues (and wrote a book, The Small-Business Guide to Government Contracts, about compliance with the FAR, SBA regulations, and similar matters).  

I also take care of the special (and often confusing) paperwork many small government contractors need, such as 8(a) joint venture agreements, SDVOSB joint venture agreements, 8(a) mentor-protege applications, DoD mentor-protege applications, teaming agreements, subcontracts, consulting agreements, 8(a) program applications, VA CVE applications, HUBZone program applications, and so on.  

When the rubber hits the road, I help small government contractors resolve disputes.  I am experienced in GAO bid protests, SBA size protests, SBA OHA appeals, SDVOSB protests, and many other forums for resolving government contracts matters.

I love working with small government contractors, but I believe that there should be more to life than time at the office.  When I am not practicing law, you can find me spending time with my wonderful family, cheering on the Duke Blue Devils and Kansas Jayhawks (hey, they're in different conferences, so there's no conflict!) and dominating my fantasy football leagues.
Bragging rights
Can identify many 80s hair band songs (title and artist) at the opening notes.
Education
  • Duke University
    Political Science
  • Marshall-Wythe School of Law
    Law
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