Skip to Content
Technical Excellence in Government Contracts
and Construction Matters Since 1893.
Oles Morrison

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 […]

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 […]

Tribal Employees Potentially Liable Under False Claims Act, Washington Federal Court Finds

By on April 13, 2017 | Posted in False Claims Act

A federal judge in the Western District of Washington has ruled that tribal employees may still be liable in their individual capacities under the False Claims Act, even if Native American tribes themselves are protected from such suits by sovereign immunity. This interpretation could have important implications for Alaska Native-owned […]

ASBCA Opens the Door to Contractors Seeking Monetary Damages for Unfair CPARS Reviews

By on January 4, 2017 | Posted in Claims and Disputes

As past performance reviews become an increasingly important part of the bid evaluation process, the performance assessments catalogued in the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (“CPARS”) will have greater significance than ever before. CPARS reviews generally set forth the Government’s evaluation of a contractor’s performance based on several factors, including […]