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D.C. Circuit Rules That the 8(a) Program is Constitutional, But Its Reasoning Raises Questions

On September 9, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) issued a split decision holding that § 8(a) of the Small Business Act does not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the...more

ASBCA Questions Consideration of Materiality in Certain Cost Accounting Change Cases

The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA or the Board) recently released a decision addressing the final issue of materiality in the long saga of the Raytheon accounting change case. ASBCA No. 58068, August 9,...more

Company Eliminated from Army Contract Competition Due to ITAR Compliance Program Description

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) denied on Aug. 11, 2016, a government contract protest by Microwave Monolithics Inc. See GAO case number B-413088. The case is noteworthy because of the reason for denial. The...more

Under Construction - September 2016

Letter from the Editor - Welcome to the Fall 2016 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. We hope your summer has left you relaxed and refreshed to successfully finish out the remainder of the year. Most...more

Agencies Publish Strict New Reporting Guidelines for Government Contractors

On August 25, 2016, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) and Federal Acquisition Regulatory (“FAR”) Council published “Guidance for Executive Order 13673, ‘Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces’” (“final rule”). Also...more

Claim Narrowed by Specification is Saved from Indefiniteness but too Narrow to be Infringed

In Liberty Ammunition, Inc., v. U.S., [2015-5057, 2015-5061] (August 30, 2016), the Federal Circuit reversed the Court of Claims decision that that ammunition rounds used by the United States Army embody the claims of Liberty...more

Government Contractors Can Learn From Yogi Berra: Failure to Follow Correct Claim Submission Procedures Results in Jurisdictional...

The late, great Yogi Berra once said that “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.” Sometimes it seems as if Yogi’s logic is equally applicable to the claims process in the world of Government contracting,...more

Poder discrecional en las adquisiciones: La GAO falla a favor del gobierno

La Oficina de Fiscalización del Gobierno (Government Accountability Office, GAO) emitió una decisión que podría ser utilizada por las agencias gubernamentales para apoyar las Solicitudes de propuestas (Request for Proposal,...more

FAR and DOL Issue Final Rule and Guidance on “Blacklisting” Executive Order

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Final Rules and Guidance on Executive Order 13673, “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” (aka “Blacklisting” Order) have been released. Despite robust comments from the contractor community, the Final Rule...more

Agencies Release Final Rule on “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order

On August 24, 2016, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (FAR Council) released the final rule implementing the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive...more

Final Rule Issued Implementing Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

The Department of Defense, General Services Administration and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (the FAR Council) have issued for publication in today’s Federal Register, a final rule amending the Federal...more

Reforma de las impugnaciones a licitaciones de la Oficina de Fiscalización del Gobierno (GAO) de EE. UU.

Los debates en Washington D.C. sobre gastos asociados con las impugnaciones a licitaciones relacionadas con la defense estimulan nuevas leyes que podrían reducir los intentos de la protesta. La Oficina de Fiscalización del...more

The “Rule of Two” Rules the Day in Supreme Court’s Decision Against the VA

The recently decided case of Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States marks a big win for small business-owning veterans. The Supreme Court unanimously decided that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)...more

Discretion in Procurement: The GAO Finds for the Government

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issued a decision that could be used by government agencies to support “all encompassing” RFPs, or RFPs that require one bidder to provide several products and services even if, in...more

ITAR For Government Contractors: Revised For Recent Amendments

One of the most important areas of regulation for defense contractors is the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (“ITAR”). ITAR are the State Department controls that regulate the defense industry. Companies regulated...more

Federal Claims Court Holds that Government’s Actual Knowledge of Contractor’s Delay and Acceleration Excuses Technical...

Nova Group/Tutor-Saliba v. United States, 125 Fed. Cl. 469 (Fed. Cl. Mar 16, 2016) - The United States Naval Facilities Engineering Command (the “Navy”) contracted with the joint venture of Nova Group and Tutor-Saliva...more

GAO Bid Protest Reform

Debates in Washington over expenditures associated with military-related bid protests are fueling new legislation that could curtail protest efforts. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) handles bid protests filed by...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds Public-Disclosure-Bar Dismissal Based On Information Posted to Websites

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a district court’s dismissal of a qui tam action under the oft-litigated, “public disclosure bar,” where the transactions that gave rise to an inference of...more

Construction Law Group News: Veteran-Owned Contractors: SCOTUS Reaffirms the “Rule of Two,” which is Good for You!

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week in Kingdomware Techs., Inc. v. U.S. should create more opportunities for veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (collectively, "VOSBs") to win contracts...more

VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark for 2016 is 6.9 Percent

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced that the 2016 Annual Section 4212 (VEVRAA) hiring benchmark for 2016 is 6.9 percent. The benchmark is based on data issued by the Bureau of Labor...more

OFCCP Announces New Veteran Hiring Benchmark

On June 15, 2016, OFCCP announced its 2016 Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Benchmark. The new benchmark is 6.9%, slightly lower than the previous year’s 7% benchmark....more

Fed. Circ. Further Dulls CDA's Statute Of Limitations

A few years back, a string of decisions at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the Court of Federal Claims invoked the Contract Disputes Act’s six-year statute of limitations to dispose of several long-pending...more

Second Circuit Finds FCA Claims about Night-Vision Goggles Lack Sufficient Particularity

On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision to dismiss FCA claims alleging that defendants supplied $1.5 billion worth of deficient night-vision goggles to the U.S. military. United...more

Opportunities for Increased Drug Sales to the VA

Pharmaceutical manufacturers that produce drugs in non-designated countries under the Trade Agreements Act (TAA) may now have an opportunity to increase their sales to the United States government. The Department of Veterans...more

Who Assumes the Risk of Material Cost Increases? As Always, It Depends!

When a client asks me about a particular contract provision and why it is “unfair” or “uneven”, we began a discussion about risk allocation. You see, the contract is used to shift the various risks on the project to the party...more

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