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What a New ‘Space Corps’ Military Branch Could Mean for Government Contractors

by Reed Smith on

The House and Senate Armed Services Committees recently completed their respective markups of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The House version requires the Pentagon to establish the “U.S. Space Corps” –...more

Department of Defense and Federal Energy Procurement Programs Remain Attractive

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration promotes an "all of the above" energy strategy, but many of the Administration's actions to date seem to favor coal and fossil fuels at the expense of clean and innovative energy solutions. Although...more

ESI Discovery Best Practices, Part 8 – Joni Mitchell Lyrics from 40 Years Ago Foreshadow ESI Spoliation Battles of Today

by Butler Snow LLP on

While it is possible that with four decades of music, Joni Mitchell’s lyrics have been referenced in a court opinion before, I’d venture a guess that Ms. Mitchell has never made an appearance in an ESI case. That is, until...more

Contractors: Be on the Lookout to Challenge Unreasonable Agency Procurements

by Polsinelli on

Since government agencies are given substantial discretion in creating solicitations and evaluating proposals, contractors are frequently at a disadvantage in identifying and challenging improprieties. But that discretion is...more

Control is a Key Element in Determining Affiliation for SBA Small Business Size Determination

by Polsinelli on

The most common reason for contractors failing to meet the Small Business size standards set by the Small Business Administration (SBA) is because they are found to be affiliated with other companies, such that one company...more

Air Force Security Clearance Files Compromised on Unsecured Backup Drive

Security researchers have discovered that an unsecured backup drive has compromised thousands of U.S. Air Force documents, including personnel files and sensitive forms filled out by senior and high-ranking officials. These...more

U.S. Air Force Announces $55 Million For Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production

On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory issued a $55 million funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to establish additional Integrated Biofuel Production Enterprise (IBPE) capabilities to increase the...more

U.S. Military Special Operations Command Workers’ Data Exposed by Vendor

Military personnel continue to be victimized by data breaches. This time, the personal information of healthcare workers employed by Potomac Healthcare Solutions (Potomac), who work for a U.S. Special Operations Command were...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds Public-Disclosure-Bar Dismissal Based On Information Posted to Websites

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a district court’s dismissal of a qui tam action under the oft-litigated, “public disclosure bar,” where the transactions that gave rise to an inference of...more

Energy Storage Gets a Boost from Federal and Private Sector Actions

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On June 16, 2016, the White House hosted a Summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets. As a backdrop to the Summit, the Obama Administration announced new executive actions and 33 public and private...more

U.S. Air Force Testing BioBased Vehicle Oil Created From Canola Seed, Soybean, And Synthetic Petroleum

On March 22, 2016, a team visited Malmstrom Air Force Base to test a new biobased synthetic oil in the base's vehicles. The testing is sponsored by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the Office of the Secretary of...more

Air Force Welcomes Comments On Red Rock Biofuels Facility Environmental Assessment

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) Research Laboratory has developed a Draft Environmental Assessment and a Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the development of the Red Rock Biofuels facility in Lake County, Oregon....more

“Open and Frank Discussions” or Agency-Level Protest

In Coulson Aviation (USA), Inc. (B-411525, B-411525.2, 2015 CPD ¶ 272), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently denied a contractor’s protest over the terms of a request for proposals (RFP) issued by the...more

Sixth Circuit Reminds Government of its Burden to Prove Actual Damages in False Claims Act Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit vacated a federal district court’s award of $657 Million for treble damages under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), restitution, and prejudgment interest. See...more

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