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Making Effective Use of the Claims/Disputes Process [Audio]

In this episode of GovCon Perspectives, Will Wozniak talks with Tony Anikeeff about how the claims/disputes process can be effective for addressing contract issues beyond just getting paid. But you must follow the rules....more

Control of a Set-aside Entity [Audio]

In this episode of GovCon Perspectives, Will Wozniak talks with Shayn Fernandez about what to do when passive investments raise questions of affiliation. Protestors often raise issues of affiliation in the form of size...more

The Benefits of Commercial Item Contracting [Audio]

Commercial Item Contracting is intended to benefit both the government and contractors, but those benefits can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. Reminding the parties why Commercial Item Contracting was implemented can help...more

CPARS From A to Z [Audio]

Contractor past performance information originates in the agencies’ Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS). You need to understand what the CPARS is and what your rights are so you can monitor your past...more

Negotiating Subcontracts From Both Sides [Audio]

Although they share an ultimate customer, the interests of a prime contractor and a subcontractor are often divergent. Careful consideration and negotiation of subcontract terms can help to ensure there is a fair balance...more

Going to the Court of Federal Claims or the Boards of Contract Appeal [Audio]

Choosing the proper forum is the first decision to be made when initiating the claims process. A contractor should review the pros and cons of each forum to ensure an informed decision....more

Suspension and Debarment  [Audio]

The government can suspend or debar an entity or individual for a host of actions or omissions, barring them from doing business with the government. A proactive strategy of self-examination, corrective action and engagement...more

Award Protests: Choosing the Forum  [Audio]

A disappointed bidder’s protest strategy includes deciding whether to initiate the protest with the procuring agency, the Government Accountability Office or the U. S. Court of Federal Claims....more

How to Assess the Likelihood of Success in Deciding Whether to Bring a Bid Protest [Audio]

Confronting an exclusionary solicitation or failing to win an award can be highly frustrating. Putting aside emotion and applying practical and objective criteria to the situation will help companies assess whether there is...more

No Company is an Island – Part 2: Joint Ventures and Affiliation

Last time on “No Company is an Island,” we addressed the ways that the traditional prime-subcontractor relationship can result in a determination that two teaming partners are affiliated and, as a result, not a small business...more

A Square Peg in a Round Hole – The GAO Sustains a Challenge to an Award That Includes Services Not Included in a GSA Schedule...

GSA’s Federal Supply Schedule program intends to provide a simplified process for agencies to procure supplies and services, while leveraging the terms and pricing of the commercial marketplace, as well as the Federal...more

No Company is an Island – Part 1: Subcontractor Affiliation

Government Contractors often determine that going it alone is not the best business decision. Whether a small business trying to break into a new industry or a large business seeking niche expertise to support a particular...more

Part 2: Federal Government Contract Debriefings, The Ten Commandments, Nos. VI - X

In this blog post, we present Nos. VI - X of the Ten Commandments for Debriefings. These were developed over the years as best practices for government contractors with input from the entire spectrum of interested parties –...more

Part 1: Federal Government Contract Debriefings, The Ten Commandments, Nos. I - V

This blog post is titled “Part 1: Federal Government Contract Debriefings, The Ten Commandments, Nos. I - V.” Of course, these Ten Commandments are not handed down from on high. And they are not carved in stone. But they...more

Williams Mullen Construction Industry Newsletter - Spring/Summer 2014

In This Issue: - CGL Insurance & Defects - No Sure Thing - Contract Quicksand - The Nuclear Option - Federal Contractors - Excerpt from CGL Insurance & Defects: Does Your Insurance Cover...more

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