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New Executive Order on Federal Sustainability Promotes Responsible Government Procurement Policies

In March, President Obama issued Executive Order 13693, “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.” It replaces and updates a number of Executive Orders and Memorandums, most notably replacing Executive Order...more

Is Your Company a Federal Government Contractor?

Many automotive suppliers do not consider themselves federal government contractors because they only sell goods and services to the major OEMs and not directly to the federal government. However, purchase orders with OEMs or...more

China Regulatory Enforcement Quarterly - Q1 – 2015 |

Inside This Issue: - Executive Summary - PRC Legal and Regulatory Updates - Major Enforcement News - China Communist Party Titles 101 - AIC Penalties Increase Risk of Dual Enforcement Actions - Frequently Asked...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Final Rule to Amend FAR: Equal Employment and Affirmative Action for Veterans and Individuals With Disabilities - The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services...more

GSA’s Proposed Transactional Data Reporting Rule Has Significant Implications for Contractors with GSA Contract Vehicles

On March 4, 2015, as part of an effort to reform its procurement process, the General Services Administration ("GSA") issued a proposed rule that would require GSA contract holders to report certain transactional data related...more

Another Option for Speedy Relief from an Adverse Agency Action

A recent and novel decision by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) could have broader implications for small business contractors that hold federal supply schedule and multiple award contracts. ...more

A New Australian Standard (AS 11000) to Replace the General Conditions of Contract (AS 4000 and AS 2124)

The AS 4000 and AS 2124 General Conditions of Contract are widely used forms of procurement in the Australian construction industry. A technical committee has recently drafted a new standard form contract (AS 11000) to...more

Reporting Requirements and Diminishing Profits for Government Contractors

Firms bidding on government contracts are well-advised to sharpen their pencils in the current, highly-competitive market. Doing so usually means one thing: lowering prices. With procuring agencies placing a premium on...more

GSA Faces Push-Back on Proposed Rule Eliminating PRC

Reed Smith attended last Friday’s General Services Administration’s (GSA) public meeting on the proposed Transactional Data Reporting rule. GSA’s proposed rule would eliminate the Price Reduction Clause (PRC) in favor of...more

To File Or Not To File: Key Issues When Deciding To Protest

Deciding whether to file a bid protest can be difficult. Many companies are understandably reluctant to fight with a customer over a lost contract, and the payoff for a successful protest is not necessarily a contract award....more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown

1. COMMERCIAL CONTRACTING RULES APPLY TO FEDERAL SUPPLY SCHEDULES - On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed and remanded a decision by the Court of Federal Claims, which...more

The White House's So-Called "Black List" Order Aims to Deny Federal Contracting with Companies Not in Compliance with Federal...

In July 2014, President Obama issued an Executive Order dubbed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order that, once implemented, will allow the government to deny a company a contract if it or certain subcontractors violated –...more

GAO Clarifies Task Order Protest Jurisdictional Issues

At first blush, the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s recent decision in Goldbelt Glacier Health Services LLC (Feb. 6. 2015) appears to be a run-of-the-mill denial of a protester’s request for reconsideration. But, a...more

OFCCP Provides Directory of LGBT Resources for Federal Contractors

As discussed in our previous post, on July 21, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13672, banning federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) workers, and adding...more

How Much U.S. Work Is Needed for the Small Business Set-Aside Rules To Apply?

In a decision issued last year, the GAO denied the protest of Maersk Line, Limited, of Norfolk, Virginia (“Maersk”), a large business, which challenged the decision of the Department of the Navy, Military Sealift Command...more

Human Trafficking and Government Procurement: New Requirements for U.S. Federal Contractors

On January 29, the U.S. Government released a final rule establishing new anti-human trafficking requirements for U.S. government contractors. The rule amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) and seeks to strengthen...more

False Claims Act – 2014 Year in Review

The False Claims Act (FCA) imposes liability on individuals and companies who defraud or submit false claims to the federal government. The FCA allows the federal government to seek treble damages, civil penalties and...more

Court of Federal Claims Determines That Government Contractor May Recover for Losses Attributable to Omissions and Inaccuracies in...

Philadelphia Auth. for Indus. Dev. v. United States, 114 Fed. Cl. 519 (2014) - In this action, the United States Court of Federal Claims denied the Government’s motions to dismiss and for summary judgment, holding that...more

HUD Publishes New Rule Governing Federal Procurement and Contracting

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently published a rule that made numerous changes to grant administration, procurement, and contracting requirements. The rule repealed the requirements found at...more

Aerospace & Defense Series: Leading Antitrust Considerations for M&A Transactions

Aerospace and defense contractors engage in a wide range of mergers, acquisitions and joint venture transactions. Like all companies, aerospace and defense contractors need to be sensitive to antitrust considerations that...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - December 2014 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD Issues Final Rule to Amend DFARS Foreign Commercial Satellite Services (DFARS Case 2014-D010) - The Department of Defense (DoD) issued an interim rule adopted as final with minor...more

Small Business Legislative and Regulatory Update

In this presentation: - GSA Schedule Contracts: Veterans First? - 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”): - NDAA Revisions To LOS - New Mentor Protégé Program - NDAA Impact On MP...more

SBIR/STTR Policy Directive Update: What’s Ahead for Data Rights

On November 7, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released an advanced notice of Policy Directive amendments and a request for comment on revisions to Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business...more

IBM Corp. v. United States—A Study in the Risks and Rewards of Including a Reservation of Rights in an Offer

Including a reservation of rights in a proposal is a delicate matter. On the one hand, it is in the contractor’s best interest to identify clearly the assumptions on which its proposal is based....more

Finally! Sole Source Authority for the WOSB Program

On December 2, 2014, the House Armed Services Committee and Senate Armed Services Committee released the text of an agreement they have reached on the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2015 (“NDAA”). Section 825 of...more

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