MCLEAN, VA, NOVEMBER 25, 2019: Attorneys from a cross-section of PilieroMazza's core practice groups—including Business & Corporate Law and Government Contracts Law—assisted client BWM Outcomes, LLC ("BWM"), a provider of cybersecurity and intelligence analysis services, in its acquisition by Intrepid Solutions and Services, Inc. ("Intrepid"), a portfolio company of Bluestone Investment Partners, LLC ("Bluestone"), a McLean, Virginia-based private equity firm. BWM was founded by Ms. Jacqueline Bahe who before starting BWM served in the United States armed forces as a Communications and Intelligence Officer in the Marine Corps and an Intelligence Officer in the Navy. Ms. Bahe will join Intrepid's leadership team as BWM's President and continue to run the business, together with the rest of her team. Please visit this link to view Bluestone's announcement.
PilieroMazza is pleased to announce that Sara Nasseri has joined the Firm as an Associate in the Firm's Labor & Employment Group. Ms. Nasseri focuses her practice on advising clients on a range of workplace-related matters, including equal employment opportunity laws with a particular focus on workplace compliance laws and regulations, federal contractors' affirmative action and non-discrimination obligations, and pay equity and systemic pay discrimination.
On October 31, 2019, President Donald Trump rescinded an executive order issued by former President Barack Obama that put existing federal contract workers at the front of the line for jobs on the next contract. Executive Order 13,495 . . . required qualified workers on a federal service contract who would otherwise lose their jobs as a result of the completion or expiration of a contract be given the right of first refusal for employment with the successor contractor, according to a fact sheet issued at the time by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.
The Competition in Contracting Act requires agencies to stay performance of contracts protested at GAO. But agencies may authorize performance anyway by issuing an override after a written finding that immediate performance either serves the best interests of the U.S., or if urgent and compelling circumstances require it. Judges at the Court of Federal Claims have taken varying approaches when reviewing an override decision, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has not articulated a specific standard of review.
Oracle's bid protest criticizing the Pentagon's procurement process for the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud system contract could set the stage for future additional protests.