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PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Fourth Quarter 2017

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Business and Corporate Special Issue - We are excited to bring you this special edition of The Legal Advisor focused on our Business & Corporate Group. The articles in this issue highlight the diverse array of matters...more

Unintended Consequences: Ex-U.S. Activities Impacting U.S. Federal Health Care Business

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Given the uptick in global awareness and enforcement of anti-bribery and corruption laws, most health care companies are attuned to the risks associated with legal infractions caused by ex-U.S. activities. However, ex-U.S....more

Steps For Government Contractors To Take After Hurricanes

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The aftermath of a hurricane is a difficult time for many in the affected areas, and government contractors are no exception. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused terrible damage in Texas and Florida, claiming lives and...more

Hurricanes, Floods, Tornadoes, And Power Loss: What’s A Government Contractor To Do? Act Now Under Your Contract, While You Fix...

The aftermath of a hurricane is a difficult time for many in the affected areas, and government contractors are no exception. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused terrible damage in Texas and Florida, claiming lives and...more

FY 2018 Forecasts: Cloudy Skies for False Claims and Storms on the Protest Horizon?

This is the first in a short series of forecasts from our Government Contracts partners on things to watch for in government contracts in Fiscal Year 2018. For more in-depth discussions of current events and trends, please...more

The Federal Government Procurement Process Could Go Digital

by Alston & Bird on

In order to keep up with online marketplaces available at the “one touch” of a smartphone, the federal government is doing its part to bring its procurement process into the digital age. Legislation passed earlier this year...more

Federal Contractor Minimum Wage Increase Announced – Changes Effective January 1, 2018

On September 15, 2017, the Department of Labor announced an increase in the minimum wage that certain federal contractors must pay to employees. This comes as part of a planned incremental increase in the federal contractor...more

Challenging the Reign of Kingdomware – Federal Circuit May Decide Whether Veterans or AbilityOne Participants Receive Priority in...

On Friday of last week, while most of the country was getting ready for the Labor Day Holiday, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in PDS Consultants, Inc. v. United States, Case No. 16-1603C, Slip. Op. (September 1, 2017)...more

New Government-Wide Category Management Policy for Package Delivery Services Could Signal Changes for Other Industries

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Despite the change in Administration, the Government’s efforts to implement category management continue and are about to have a major impact in how the Government contracts for package delivery services. What is category...more

Comments on Notice–MV–2017–01, Evaluation of Existing Acquisition Regulations

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The U.S. General Service Administration’s (“GSA”) is seeking input on acquisition regulations, policies, standards, business practices and guidance issued by GSA across all of its acquisition, disposal, and sales programs,...more

SBA Seeks Comments on Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burden

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On August 15, 2017, the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) released a request for information (“RFI”) seeking input from the public as to which SBA regulations should be repealed, replaced, or modified because they...more

Court of Federal Claims Asserts Jurisdiction Over OTA Claim

The Court of Federal Claims held for the first time last Friday that damages were available for the Government’s alleged breach of an other transaction agreement (“OTA”), declining to dismiss a contractor’s $47 million claim...more

Post-Award Protest Primer: Part 2

Part 2: Debriefings - You just received an email: “We appreciate your interest in the XYZ procurement. The Agency determined that your proposal did not represent the best value to the Government. Award has been made to...more

Post-Award Protest Primer Series: Part 1

Part 1: An Introduction to Bid Protests - Welcome to the first in a new series of articles on post-award bid protests! A lot of misunderstandings and misinformation surround the bid protest, and traps abound for the wary...more

Thornberry Acquisition Reform Bill Contemplates DoD’s Use of Online Marketplaces to Purchase COTS Products

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Imagine if a DoD agency could purchase commercial-off-the-shelf products of any value simply by placing an order at an Amazon-like website – no need for solicitations, quotes, evaluation, or detailed price analysis and...more

The Canadian Free Trade Agreement – “Old Wine in New Bottles” for Labour Mobility

by Field Law on

Judging from the headlines touting the new Canadian Free Trade Agreement (“CFTA”) as “the biggest step forward in removing barriers to internal trade…in the history of Canada,” “the most ambitious free trade agreement this...more

GSA Seeks Input On Repeal, Replacement, and Modification of Policies and Regulations

On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the GSA issued a request for comments seeking “input on acquisition regulations, policies, standards, business practices and guidance issued by GSA across all of its acquisition, disposal, and sales...more

ASBCA Throws DCAA Another Brushback Pitch

In an April 2017 decision, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) once again rejected the position of the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) that a cost or type of cost for which allowability depends on the...more

Laws and Regulations Affecting Government Contractors

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How Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” Could Alter Procurements - The President’s “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order (EO), issued April 18, 2017, reflects Executive Branch policy and orders several...more

Buy American and Hire American: What it Means for the Construction Industry

On April 18, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order (No. 13788). The Order requires agencies to do a wholesale evaluation of their compliance with “Buy American” laws...more

Executive Order Seeks to Bolster ‘Buy American’ Enforcement

by Morgan Lewis on

US President Donald Trump’s executive order aims to increase the use of US goods and materials in federal acquisitions. On April 18, President Trump signed the Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire...more

Latest Trump Executive Order and H-1B Visas

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order titled "Buy American Hire American", laying out provisions and policies to review the H-1B visa program as well as a review of federal procurement and grant...more

Administration Issues Executive Order Providing Framework for its Domestic Buying and Hiring Preferences for Federal Procurement...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

"My Administration will follow two simple rules: Buy American, and hire American.” - President Donald J. Trump. - Fulfilling a prominent campaign promise, today President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) detailing...more

Government Asking for More Transparency on Federal Contracts Over 150K

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For years the federal government has attempted to increase transparency in the federal marketplace and last month, U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced a bill that would require the posting...more

GAO Report on Government Contracting Finds Overall Decrease from 2011-2015 and Most Obligations on Service Contracts

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Every year, billions of dollars in products and services are needed to keep running the U.S. federal government’s 18 cabinet-level departments and nearly 100 other independent agencies. In March 2017, the Government...more

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