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Defense
September 24, 2018Compliance, Defense, Protests & Litigation

Increased Security Risks May Be a Cardinal Change

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld once explained that there are the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns.  Some greeted that gnomic pronouncement with bemused smiles.  But contractors operating in a contingency environment know exactly what he was talking about.  No mere mortal can accurately predict, much less price, all of the risks involved in ...›

Federal Procurement
September 12, 2018Labor/Employment

OFCCP Issues New Batch of Advance Audit Notices

On September 7, 2018, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) mailed Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters (CSALs) to 750 contractor and subcontractor establishments.  OFCCP sends CSALs to service and supply contractors as a courtesy to let them know that one or more of their establishments may be scheduled for a compliance evaluation. Receipt of ...›

September 5, 2018Protests & Litigation

August 2018 Bid Protest Roundup

This month, we bring you three bid protests from three fora.  The first is not a decision at all, but an interesting dissenting opinion from two judges of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, calling into question that court’s recent narrowing of the Court of Federal Claims’ (COFC) jurisdiction over certain kinds of ...›

August 23, 2018Intellectual Property

Taking the Mystery Out of Data Rights

Rights in technical data and computer software are increasingly a topic of dispute between contractors and the Government, particularly the Department of Defense (DOD). This is because of three forces: (1) congressional and DOD initiatives to acquire rights in data and software sufficient to implement DOD’s modular open systems approach, which is intended to allow ...›

Intellectual Property
August 16, 2018Compliance, Intellectual Property

FedPubs Intellectual Property Webinar Series

MoFo partners Jay DeVecchio and Tina Reynolds and associate Locke Bell will be co-presenting an upcoming FedPubs 3-part webinar series on intellectual property rules and regulations in government contracting. The series will provide an overview of the key principles governing the allocation of rights in technical data, computer software, and patents. Attendees will learn the ...›

Federal Procurement

“Workin’ Nine to Five” – But Not in a Government Office: Requesting a Debriefing

In Exceptional Software Strategies, Inc., B-416232, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently addressed the obscure rules for when a disappointed offeror must request a debriefing.  It’s generally well known that, in procurements where offerors may have a right to debriefings, a disappointed offeror must submit a written request to the contracting officer within three days ...›