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GSA Proposes to Amend GSAR for Reporting of Transactional Data and Prices Paid by Ordering Activities

On March 4, 2015, the General Services Administration (GSA) issued a Proposed Rule to amend the GSA’s Acquisition Regulations. The rule outlines a plan to adopt clauses requiring vendors to report transactional data from...more

Todd Construction v. United States: Navigating Performance Evaluation Claims in the Court of Federal Claims

A default termination can be a nightmare for a contractor that bids on federal projects, but a negative performance evaluation can prove just as troublesome for a contractor that finishes the job. The Federal Acquisition...more

Legal Minute: Cybersecurity Reporting Requirements for Government Contractors [Video]

Government Contracts Partner Mary Beth Bosco explains the new cyber breach reporting requirements for defense contractors based on the recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015. The NDAA...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - January 9, 2015

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD Issues Department of Defense Instruction 5000.02 Operation of the Defense Acquisition System - The Department of Defense (DoD) issued a new version of the acquisitions corps’ guide...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - December 2014 #1

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Proposed Rule to Amend FAR, Information on Corporate Contractor Performance and Integrity - The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA),...more

Fifth Commandment of Government Contractors: Thou shalt document thy actions

When Congress was contemplating the passage of the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 (FASA), and its companion statute, the Federal Acquisition Reform Act of 1995 (FARA), many pundits predicted that their enactment...more

Government Contracting, The False Claims Act and the Art of Voluntary Disclosures

With so many personal gadgets needing daily recharging, desktop hard drives running 24 hours a day, and DVRs recording movies that run while we’re asleep, do you wonder where all that electricity is coming from? The next big...more

Coming Soon: New Requirements for Federal Contractors Regarding Human Trafficking

In the coming weeks, the U.S. federal government is expected to release amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) that are intended to strengthen existing prohibitions against human trafficking by federal...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2014 #1

In this issue: - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue the Small Entity Compliance Guide - SBA Isn’t Ready to Boast Yet, But All Agencies Have Met Their Small Biz Contracting Goals - House Passes Measure to Ban...more

Federal Court Dismisses Overtime Claims Brought by Contractor Employee Working in Kuwait

On April 28, 2014, a Massachusetts federal court granted dismissal of a proposed class action alleging that Raytheon violated Kuwaiti law by failing to pay overtime to employees working in Kuwait on federal defense contracts....more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 28, 2014

In this issue: - DoD Issues Notice to Alter System of Records Entitled T7207 “General Accounting and Finance System-Defense Travel Records (GAFS-DTS)” - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Proposed Rule to Amend FAR Year...more

Firm-Fixed Price? No Need To Budge

In this era of strict budgets and an ever-increasing emphasis on lowering prices and costs, it’s no surprise that contractors are feeling pressure from procurement officials to provide the lowest prices possible. Such...more

Dissatisfied with an Unsatisfactory Rating? Contractor Options for Challenging CPARS

Confronted with an unfavorable interim or final Contractor Performance Assessment Report System ("CPARS") rating, the first question clients ask us is, "What can we do?"...more

The Benefits of Intervention

You’ve just secured a high dollar government contract award. After weeks of proposal preparation effort, thousands of dollars in costs, and months of waiting, your business stands to receive a major boon. Then comes the...more

Judicial Review of Government Contractor Suspensions

In recent years, the U.S. government has exercised enhanced scrutiny over federal contractors through, among other things, the increased use of its suspension and debarment remedies – fueled in part by reports of contractor...more

Affiliates of Indicted Contractor May Face Longer Suspension

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently confirmed that the Government has the ability to suspend “affiliates” of a suspended contractor, even though there is no allegation that the affiliates...more

Is Your Teaming Agreement Enforceable?

Teammates who pursue a federal contract should agree up front and in detail regarding their respective obligations if the contract is awarded. Only agreeing to negotiate specific terms after an agency award is unlikely to...more

Now What? Can a Contractor Recover the Costs of the Shutdown?

The federal government shutdown is finally over. Contractors returning to work are facing the questions of whether and how they can recover the costs caused by the shutdown. While dealing with the shutdown may be a first-time...more

FAR Provision on Human Trafficking Proposed

On September 26, 2013, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration published a proposed rule in the Federal Register seeking to amend the Federal...more

Comments on SBA's Proposed Rule Regarding Contractor Past Performance Information: FAR Case 2012-028

Dear Ms. Flowers: Our firm represents small businesses that operate across the government contracting spectrum. On behalf of these companies, we are writing to submit comments on the Defense Department, the General...more

Details: Highlights from the August & September 2013 Federal Register

1. Repeal of Sunset Dates for Protest Authority Over Certain Task Orders - Effective September 3, 2013, FAR 16.505 was amended to eliminate the sunset dates for protests against the issuance of an order under a...more

ARB Issues Reconsideration Decision in OFCCP v. Florida Hospital of Orlando

On July 22, 2013, the Administrative Review Board (ARB) of the Department of Labor (DOL) held that a network participation agreement entered into by Florida Hospital with Humana Military Health Services (HMHS) for the...more

No More Dollar Limits on Federal Contract Set-Asides for Women-Owned Small Businesses

On June 21, 2013, the government issued an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) to remove the dollar limits on contracts that may be set aside for Women-Owned Small Businesses (“WOSB”) and...more

Federal Contracts When Selling a Business

When selling a business, the owner must balance deal certainty, tax consequences, speed, regulatory clearances, third party consents and liability allocation. ...more

E-Verify — Am I Required to Use It?

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Web site, “U.S. law requires companies to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States — either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who...more

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