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Ten myths of government contracting: Myth No. 1 - We should never protest

Bid protests are an intimidating aspect of Government contracting, not only because they usually mean hiring a lawyer, but also because most people don’t even like the thought of suing their customer. Protests certainly are...more

Defence Procurement Changes in Canada Announced

Despite the unusually well-frozen environs of Ottawa this winter, Canada's defence procurement machinery has been extremely active recently and there are several important developments to report....more

Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act: A Cut to Contractor Compensation and Other Procurement Provisions

The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2014 ("NDAA"), signed into law on December 26, 2013, contains a number of provisions relating to government procurement, perhaps most significantly a decrease in the amount of...more

Free Trade Agreement Updates for 2012

2012 saw several updates with regard to free trade agreements (“FTAs”) between the U.S. and its international trading allies. The most notable of these was the U.S.-Korea FTA (“KORUS”), but several other changes were made to...more

Executive Order Opens Consultative Processes to Draft Cybersecurity Framework for Critical Infrastructure

On February 12, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order aimed at enhancing the security of U.S. critical infrastructure by establishing a voluntary program for the adoption of cybersecurity standards to protect...more

Doing Business in Canada: Procurement Law

Outside of the province of Québec, procurement law in Canada derives from both a prolific body of common law and a broad range of provincial and federal statutes. Regardless of the province, federal government procurement...more

SAM is Here: The System for Award Management is Off to a Wobbly Start, but with Potential to Change the Federal Procurement...

After much anticipation, the government contracting community welcomes SAM, the newest addition to the family of online federal procurement systems....more

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