Government Contracts

BLOG: An Agency's Corrective Action Decision Is Not Immune to Protest—What Does It Take to Win?

April 19, 2019
By Michelle E. Litteken
Corrective action is a common outcome of a bid protest. Indeed, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that 29% of the protests filed in FY 2018 resulted in corrective action. If you are a protester, that may be great news. In the case of a post-award protest, it likely means that you have another shot at award. However, if you are an intervenor, it means the agency chose not to defend your award, and you could lose the contract. What can an intervenor do?
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BLOG: The Relationship Between Privacy and Trust

April 17, 2019
By David T. Shafer
Recently, there has been an advertisement running during March Madness from Apple that is all about privacy. If your household has been watching as much college basketball as mine has, then you've likely seen it. It's a minute full of real-world examples of how people value their personal privacy. None of those examples are particularly significant but, in the aggregate, it shows that this remains an issue that people are deeply concerned about. That concern, of course, is then applied to technology. In the ad, it is an iPhone. In your business, it is your e-mail server, your website, your social media presence and the computer and phones your business uses to conduct its business.
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BLOG: Thinking of Forming a Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture? Timing Matters

April 17, 2019
By Kathryn V. Flood
If you are thinking of forming a mentor-protégé joint venture to pursue a particular set-aside contract, it is critical that your timing has enough built-in cushion to ensure that all of the necessary approvals and entity-formation steps are accomplished before you submit your proposal. There is a fairly rigid sequencing of the steps involved in putting together the mentor-protégé application and subsequent joint venture agreement—make sure you do not fall into the trap of skipping a step, or otherwise you may put your proposal at risk.
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BLOG: Could You Be the Target of a Government Claim?

April 16, 2019
By Michelle E. Litteken
Most contractors know that they may submit a claim under the Contract Disputes Act (CDA) if a problem arises during performance. However, many contractors are not aware that the government also has the ability to bring a claim. Likewise, contractors may not understand the options for responding to a government claim. Given the potential gravity of a government claim, these are issues contractors should be aware of.
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Following COFC Decision, GSA Rescinds Alliant 2 Small Business Awards

April 8, 2019
By Timothy F. Valley
On March 26, 2019, the General Services Administration ("GSA") posted a notice on FedBizOpps that it was taking corrective action in response to the recent Court of Federal Claims ("COFC") decision in the bid protest of Citizant, Inc. v. United States, No. 18-856C (Mar. 25, 2019). As part of that corrective action, GSA rescinded all 81 of the Alliant 2 Small Business ("A2SB") contracts it awarded in February 2018. A2SB, issued under Solicitation No. QTA0016GBA0002 in June 2016, is a governmentwide acquisition contract, multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for information technology services.
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