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Supreme Court Weighs the Viability of the “Implied Certification” Theory Under the False Claims Act

By on April 22, 2016 | Posted in False Claims Act

A powerful tool to combat fraud, waste, and abuse, the False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 et seq.) (the “FCA”) imposes civil liability upon any individual or corporation who knowingly submits, or causes the submission of, a false or fraudulent claim to the United States.  As we discussed in a […]

GAO: Awardee of an IDIQ Contract is Not an “Interested Party” to Protest the Award of an IDIQ Contract to a Competitor

By on March 31, 2016 | Posted in Bid Protests

Fiscal Year 2016 marked the seventh straight year that the budget set aside for federal government contracts has decreased.  With fewer bidding opportunities, contractors of all sizes are utilizing aggressive tactics to maximize their chances of winning a federal government contract.  Such was the case in a recent Government Accountability […]

Government’s Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing Does Not Absolve Contractor of Costs of Complying with Kuwaiti Labor Laws

By on March 24, 2016 | Posted in Claims and Disputes

In the recent ASBCA case Appeal of SupplyCore, Inc., ASBCA No. 58676, the government successfully defended against a claim for post-termination labor costs, where the contractor argued that the government had violated the duty of good faith and fair dealing with regard to the timing of the Army’s decision to […]

SBA Commissioned Study Prompts Expansion of Set-Aside Opportunities for Women-Owned Small Businesses

By on March 18, 2016 | Posted in Small Business

Timely given that last week was National Women in Construction Week, the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) recently published a notice in the Federal Register expanding the use of 113 new North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Industry groups for women-owned business (WOSB) set-asides.  Such a determination was made following a study […]

Failing to Promptly Respond to a Size Protest: The Easiest Way to Lose a Contract Award

By on March 9, 2016 | Posted in Procurement Issues

Recently, the United States Small Business Administration Office of Hearing and Appeals (“SBA-OHA”) provided a reminder of the risk that a contract awardee takes by not promptly responding to a size protest.  The awardee in Size Appeal of OxyHeal Medical Systems, Inc, SBA No. SIZ-5707 (2016) learned the hard way when, after it failed […]

GAO’s Refusal to Apply the Christian Doctrine to Solicitations May Reflect a Split with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims

By on February 5, 2016 | Posted in Bid Protests

In 1963, the U.S. Court of Claims established a rule known as the “Christian Doctrine,” which provides that certain mandatory contract clauses are incorporated, by law, into an otherwise validly awarded contract, even if the contracting agency accidentally omits that clause from the solicitation.  Over the past 60 years, the “Christian Doctrine,” has […]

Bid Protest Sustains at GAO Hit a 20-Year High in the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016

By on January 26, 2016 | Posted in Bid Protests

Recently, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) released its annual bid protest report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, which reflected a slight decrease in the protest “sustain” rate, and a slight increase in the protest “effectiveness” rate, from FY 2014 to FY 2015.  While the statistics in GAO’s annual report are certainly interesting, what […]

SBA Overturns Past Precedent – Minority Shareholder Deemed Affiliated Despite Quorum Requirement

By on January 25, 2016 | Posted in Small Business

In a size appeal decision released this past week, the United States Small Business Administration Office of Hearing and Appeals (“SBA-OHA”) took the rare step of overturning its past precedent in the process of affirming a finding of affiliation.  In Size Appeal of Tenax Aerospace, LLC, SBA No. SIZ-5701 (2015), the SBA […]

Department of Justice Reports on Another Busy Year of False Claims Act Activity

By on December 8, 2015 | Posted in False Claims Act

In Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2015, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) raked in $3.6 billion in settlements and judgments from civil actions filed under the False Claims Act (“FCA”).  This marks the fourth consecutive year that the United States’ recovery under the FCA exceeded $3.5 billion.   This trend suggests that aggressive […]

Court of Federal Claims Applies Laches Doctrine to Deny Post-Award Bid Protest

By on December 7, 2015 | Posted in Bid Protests

A recent Court of Federal Claims (“COFC” or “Court”) decision denied a post-award bid protest applying the rarely successful equitable defense of laches.  In addition to finding the protest failed on the merits, COFC found that the disappointed bidder unreasonably delayed in bringing the protest by waiting more than eight months after […]

SBA’s Expanded Mentor-Protégé Program to be Launched as a “Pilot Program” in Summer 2016?

By on December 2, 2015 | Posted in Legislative and Regulatory Developments

As many readers may know, in February 2015, the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) released its proposed rule to establish a mentor-protégé program for all small businesses.  Currently available only to participants of the SBA’s 8(a) Program, the SBA’s proposed rule would create a new mentor-protégé program open to all […]