Alan Chvotkin of Professional Services Council: GPO Buy of Anti-Suicide Gun Locks for VA – An Update


Alan Chvotkin GovConExpert
Alan Chvotkin GovConExpert

My September 12, 2019 column, raised questions about a protest at the GAO of the VA’s planned use of the Government Publishing Office (formerly the Government Printing Office) to acquire anti-suicide gun locks and printing instructions.

That case addressed the applicability of the VA’s specific statute to give priority to veteran-owned small business. GAO said the use of GPO without adhering to that law was appropriate but recommended that the VA take corrective action.

When the VA issued a new request to GPO, and GPO issued a new invitation for bid (IFB) for an unrestricted competition*,  Veterans4You again protested, but this time it took its complaint to the Court of Federal Claims. Now, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC) has weighed in on this same case.

To read Chvotkin’s article in full, please click here.

About Alan Chvotkin

Alan Chvotkin has served as the executive vice president and counsel for the Professional Services Council since 2001 and is responsible for the association’s legislative and regulatory policy activity. Prior to joining PSC, Chvotkin was vice president of Government Services for AT&T. He also served as the corporate director of government relations and senior counsel with the Sundstrand Corporation. He also has 13 years experience as a professional staff member on Capitol Hill and served on the Senate Budget Committee and the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.

Currently, Chvotkin is a member of the American, Supreme Court and the District of Columbia Bar Associations. He serves as a fellow and member of the national board of advisors for the National Contract Management Association. He co-chairs the operating committee of the Council of Defense and Space Industries Association. Chvotkin also is a founding member and a continuing leader of the federal contracting industry’s Acquisition Reform Working Group.

Chvotkin graduated from American University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration. He also earned a law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law.