Government Contracts Claims and Appeals

BLOG: JEDI Protest Saga Continues: Amazon Protests Microsoft's Award in Court of Federal Claims

November 18, 2019
By Lauren Brier
On November 8, 2019, Amazon filed a bid protest pre-filing notice with the Court of Federal Claims ("COFC") indicating its intent to protest the Department of Defense's ("DoD") award of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure ("JEDI") contract to Microsoft. Amazon's decision to move forward with a protest does not come as a surprise to most practitioners who have been following this hotly contested procurement since its inception. For government contractors, if you are protesting an award, make certain you do not overlook important procedural requirements that could delay initial processing of a case before the COFC.

BLOG: This Just In! SBA's Implementation of HUBZone Changes and Small Business Runway Extension Act Coming Soon

November 14, 2019
By Samuel S. Finnerty
On November 12-13, 2019, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) hosted its 5th Annual Mentor Protégé Conference where SBA's John Klein, Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law, answered questions from the audience regarding various mentor-protégé issues. Mr. Klein provided some key insights regarding recent and upcoming SBA rulemakings that will have a significant impact on small business government contractors. We outline some of these updates below, and will also host a breakfast seminar on November 18, 2019 where Mr. Klein and Pamela Mazza will offer an in-depth discussion on these and other changes (please visit this link for more information).

BLOG: Microsoft Upsets Amazon in Winner-Take-All Award of Defense Department's JEDI Contract

October 28, 2019
By Lauren Brier
On October 25, 2019, the Department of Defense ("DoD") issued an award of its $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure ("JEDI") cloud computing contract to Microsoft, beating out Amazon Web Services ("AWS"), the long-time favorite to receive the award. DoD's decision has come as a shock to most federal procurement experts and cloud service providers ("CSPs"), as many believed JEDI was tailor-made for AWS based on the contract's advanced technical standards, as well as its stringent security certification requirements. The contract's rigorous security criteria, an ongoing issue of contention between government contractors bidding on the contract, ultimately removed many offerors early on from the competition (including Oracle), which left Microsoft and Amazon in a winner-take-all battle to control the Pentagon's cloud computing for years to come.
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