In this session 2 of 4 in the Introduction to Government Contracts webinar series, Cara Wulf and Andriani Buck walk through the process of registering in the System for Award Management (SAM) and the representations and certifications made in that system. They also discuss the Government procurement process in a nutshell, as well as the Procurement Integrity Act and consequences for violations. In this session, Cara and Andriani also explain how to identify agency solicitation and evaluation errors, and when protests may be appropriate.
Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, students will be able to:
- Navigate SAM registration, and know how to search for information within that system.
- Understand the difference between negotiated procurements and sealed bidding, as well as the different evaluation schemes employed by the Government.
- Analyze Government procurement postings to identify whether a pre-award protest may be appropriate, and determine whether Government errors in the procurement process give rise to grounds for post-award protests.
- Understand with the protest process and the pros and cons of pursuing protests before the awarding agency, Government Accountability Office (GAO), and the Court of Federal Claims (COFC).