BLOG: This Project Is Behind Schedule – What Is a Contractor to Do?

August 6, 2019
By Michelle E. Litteken
Construction projects rarely, if ever, go precisely as planned. One of the most common issues government contractors face is falling behind schedule. A schedule is developed, and then the contractor is confronted with differing site conditions, changes, or a litany of other causes of delay. The contract completion date that seemed easily achievable when performance began may now appear to be impossible to meet. What should a government contractor do to ensure they are compensated and to avoid liquidated damages?

BLOG: Have the Flood Gates Opened?: Cisco Settles First-Of-Its-Kind Cybersecurity False Claims Act Litigation

August 2, 2019
By Matthew E. Feinberg
On July 31, 2019, a False Claims Act matter pending in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York was unsealed, revealing an $8.6 million dollar settlement that may have far-reaching implications on government contractors. The litigation, United States, et al., ex rel. James Glenn v. Cisco Systems, Inc., was initiated in 2011 on behalf of the federal government and a number of state governments, after a Denmark-based employee of a Cisco affiliate was terminated allegedly for reporting a flaw in one of Cisco's video surveillance products. With the rapidly developing role of cybersecurity in federal procurements, government contractors should clearly understand their obligations, representations, and certifications to avoid False Claims Act liability and ensure compliance.

BLOG: Court of Federal Claims Denies Oracle Protest of JEDI Contract: Is This It For Oracle?

July 26, 2019
By Lauren Brier
The Department of Defense ("DoD") first released the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure ("JEDI") cloud contract on July 26, 2018. One main purpose of the JEDI contract, as listed in the DoD's published "Determination and Findings," was to acquire foundational commercial cloud technologies that would "enable war fighters to better execute a mission that is increasingly dependent on the exploitation of information." With this purpose in mind, the DoD made a controversial decision to move forward with a single-award approach to procure its cloud technologies, a critical decision that has since stymied the JEDI procurement. Most recently, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims dismissed a pre-award protest of the DoD's decision to make a single-source award, which has since allowed the JEDI contract to move forward. Microsoft and Amazon are the only two viable offerors that remain capable of receiving the award. The DoD's decision to award to only one of these large vendors could form a trend for agencies to move away from multicloud strategies. It will be important for cloud vendors to keep an eye on whether JEDI succeeds in its base period, as it will likely shape other agencies decisions on whether a single-award approach for future cloud strategies is a trend worth following.

BLOG: Better Late Than Never, But Never Late Is Better: Understanding FAR's Government Control Exceptions to Late Proposals

July 24, 2019
By Anthony M. Batt
PilieroMazza attorneys have seen a number of government contractor clients encounter the same problem: They timely emailed a proposal to a government agency, but, for reasons unknown, the proposal was delivered late or was never received by the Contracting Officer ("CO"). There, the CO normally enforces the Federal Acquisition Regulation's ("FAR") strict "Late is Late" policy and rejects the proposal. Fortunately, in certain circumstances, it is possible to employ the Government Control Exception to salvage allegedly late proposals; however, the Government Accountability Office ("GAO") and the Court of Federal Claims ("COFC") interpret that exception differently. Any government contractor whose timely emailed proposal is rejected due to the "Late is Late" policy, is encouraged to work with an experienced government contracts attorney who can help them overcome the rejection.

BLOG: EEOC Announces New EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting Deadline

July 24, 2019
By Sarah L. Nash
September 30, 2019 marks the newly announced deadline for employers who submit annual EEO-1 reports to report employee 2018 pay data to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC revealed the new deadline in a federal court submission last week. UPDATE: Since the original blog on this topic was published, the court issued an order confirming the September 30, 2019 deadline, and requiring the EEOC to collect a second year of data in addition to the 2018 pay information. The EEOC has also since announced its decision to collect 2017 pay data which will also be due this September. Employers (government contractors and commercial businesses) should work with an experienced labor and employment attorney to ensure they comply before the September 30, 2019 deadline.
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