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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 […]

An Overview of Cooperative Agreements in Federal Contracting

By on March 1, 2018 | Posted in Procurement Issues

“Cooperative Agreements” are legal instruments that facilitate the transfer of something of value from federal executive agencies to states, local governments, and private recipients for a public purpose or benefit. Cooperative Agreements are distinct from traditional procurement contracts and thus are not subject to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Like […]

Contract Interpretation Using Extrinsic Evidence Sinks Contractor’s Claim at the CBCA

By on February 26, 2018 | Posted in Claims and Disputes

In a recent decision, NOAA Maryland, LLC v. General Services Administration, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (“CBCA”) looked to “extrinsic” evidence outside the contract to interpret whether the government was required to pay real estate taxes.  This case provides a reminder to contractors that while the CBCA is reluctant to […]

Boom: Fireworks between Subcontractor, Prime Contractor, and Government (Literally)

By on February 14, 2018 | Posted in Bid Protests

At times, a prime contractor can effectively be the middle man between the government and a subcontractor. The FAR directs that the prime contractor should always provide value to the overall procurement; however, many prime contractors require the assistance of subcontractors to fulfill this contract requirement. The recent CBCA case […]

An Overview of “Other Transaction Authority”

By on February 5, 2018 | Posted in Other Transaction Authority

Other Transaction Authority (“OTA”) describes the streamlined procedures that federal agencies may use to procure innovative research or prototypes, without the constraints of a typical contract, grant, or cooperative agreement. This flexibility has made OTA an increasingly popular choice for federal acquisitions in recent years. OTA helps open the door […]

Contractor Waives its Right to Pursue Claim Through its Invoice for Final Payment

By on February 1, 2018 | Posted in Claims and Disputes

The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (the “Board”) recently issued another reminder in [Redacted], ASBCA No. 61065, that government contractors need to specifically reserve their rights to Contract Disputes Act claims in modifications and releases for final payment. While its name doesn’t quite rival the best of those associated […]

Texas Gets Burned: Court of Federal Claims Finds State’s Randolph-Sheppard Act Protest Premature

By on January 25, 2018 | Posted in Bid Protests

The Randolph-Sheppard Act (“RSA”) grants blind persons, operating through State Licensing Agencies, mandatory priority in the award of contracts for the operation of vending facilities on federal property so long as the SLA contractor satisfies criteria established by the RSA’s implementing regulations prescribed by the U.S. Secretary of Education.  In its recent […]

You Don’t Always Get What You Pay For: Government Waives a Credit for Work Not Performed

By on January 22, 2018 | Posted in Claims and Disputes

In Appeal of American West Construction, LLC, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals considered whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Government) lost its right to claim a credit under the Changes Clause by waiving its right to insist on compliance with the contract specifications prior to insisting on […]