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Why Judge Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Could be Good News for Government Contractors

By on September 4, 2018 | Posted in Bid Protests

Many politically charged issues are likely to steal the headlines during the confirmation hearings for President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  However, one issue unlikely to make headlines is the impact that Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation may have on the doctrine […]

Trump’s New Supreme Court Pick and Implications for the Davis Bacon Act

By on August 7, 2018 | Posted in Labor

Six months into Trump’s presidency, we wrote about how Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan was likely to include more federal deregulation, including possible repeal or suspension of the Davis Bacon Act (DBA).  Two months after that article, comments from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee suggested Trump had changed his […]

Contractors Take Note – Substantially Expanded List of Unverified Entities For Exporting Under EAR

Despite recent political shifts away from globalization, international trade – particularly U.S. exports – will remain a substantial component of the U.S. economy. Companies doing business in the U.S. and overseas must be up to date on U.S. export control regulations. An important component of these regulations are the Export […]

Senate’s Proposed FY2019 NDAA Includes No Major Bid Protests Reforms (Despite DoD’s Request for Legislation to Curtail Second-Bite Protests)

By on June 11, 2018 | Posted in Bid Protests

It seems like a yearly ritual.  The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (“SASC”) drafts and passes a version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) that includes reforms aimed at curtailing bid protests, while the House Armed Services Committee (“HASC”) drafts and passes a version of the NDAA that […]

SBA’s Upcoming Pilot Program for Small Business Subcontractor Past Performance Reviews – Potential Benefits for Small Business Subcontractors and Large Business Primes

Back when Congress passed the FY2017 NDAA, they included a provision (Section 1822) requiring SBA to create a pilot program to provide opportunities for qualified subcontractors to obtain past performance ratings. Specifically, Congress mandated that SBA create a 3-year pilot program whereby small business concerns without a past performance rating […]

Adam Lasky to Present at NCMA’s Webinar on “Maximizing Teaming Under SBA’s Joint Venture Rules” – April 19th

Oles Morrison partner Adam Lasky will co-present with Shene Commodore, president of Commodore Consulting, LLC during National Contract Management Association’s “Maximizing Teaming Under SBA’s Joint Venture Rules” webinar. Hear about new rules and major changes the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has made to its joint venture programs. Learn: SBA’s […]

SBA to Consolidate its All-Small and 8(a) Mentor-Protege Programs?

By on April 5, 2018 | Posted in Legislative and Regulatory Developments

As we were reviewing the regulatory agendas of various federal agencies for upcoming regulations that might impact federal contractors, we noticed that the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) most recent regulatory agenda included an upcoming proposed regulation entitled “Consolidation of Mentor Protégé Programs and Other Government Contracting Amendments.”  Specifically, SBA’s […]

DoD Begins Implementation of Enhanced Post-Award Debriefing Rights

By on April 2, 2018 | Posted in Bid Protests

As we previously discussed, when Congress passed the FY 2018 NDAA it required the Department of Defense (“DoD”) to issue regulations providing for enhanced post-award debriefing rights on certain DoD procurements.  Specifically, Congress mandated enhanced content requirements, a follow-up question process, and corresponding changes to the time to file a […]

Supreme Court Denial Highlights Risk to Contractors of Rule Giving Deference to Agency’s Interpretation of Regulations

By on March 29, 2018 | Posted in Legislative and Regulatory Developments

Since at least 1945, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the unique ability of government agencies to create binding, unwritten interpretations of their own regulations. What is most troubling about this is that the agency can make or amend its regulations during the course of a contractor’s performance.  This government interpretation […]

DoD Cyber Security Rules Took Effect for Contractors Dec. 31, 2017

By on January 18, 2018 | Posted in Cybersecurity

Federal government contractors, grantees and those with cooperative agreements may find themselves in possession of (or handling) government information which the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) considers to be sensitive or confidential but not considered “classified.” On Dec. 31, 2017, in accordance with DFARS 252.204-7012 the National Institute of Standards and […]

House and Senate Strike Deal on Bid Protest Reforms in FY 2018 NDAA

By on November 12, 2017 | Posted in Bid Protests

Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed different versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (“FY 2018 NDAA”).  The Senate version contained dramatic bid protest reforms that, with the exception of the reforms to debriefing, were largely unpopular in the government contracting community.  The House […]

GAO Reports Decrease in Department of Defense Commercial Item Acquisitions

By on September 12, 2017 | Posted in Legislative and Regulatory Developments

Under the National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAAs), Congress provides legislation on various aspects of how the Department of Defense (DOD) defines and purchases commercial items. In July, Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a study on detailing (1) trends in the DOD’s acquisition of commercial items; and (2) recent NDAA changes […]

Howard W. Roth Quoted in L.A. Times Article on Proposed “Buy American” Provisions in NAFTA

By on August 31, 2017 | Posted in Buy American Act

Oles Morrison attorney Howard W. Roth commented to the L.A. Times on proposed “Buy American” provisions in NAFTA. Howard explained that while proponents for “Buy American” cite a Government Accountability Office review stating that the U.S. has available twice as much government procurement to foreign companies, a lot of other countries just […]

Federal Government Contracts: How to Navigate in the New Administration – Seminar/Webinar – Nov. 16, 2017

By on August 23, 2017 | Posted in Bid Protests

With every new administration, there is both great uncertainty and opportunity in federal government contracting. To help you navigate the rough seas of doing business with the federal government in this new administration, we have assembled nationally recognized practitioners who will cover topics relevant to government contractors large and small, novice […]