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Morrison & Foerster’s Government Contracts Insights blog provides an in-depth analysis of news, developments, and trends impacting government contracting and procurement.

March 15, 2018False Claims Act

FCA Materiality May Return to High Court

Although the Supreme Court ruled on False Claims Act (FCA) materiality requirements in Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar, materiality issues continue to be litigated. In their Law360 analysis, Alex Ward, Daniel Chudd, Sandeep Nandivada, and Victoria Dalcourt discuss recent U.S. Courts of Appeal decisions that have added additional nuances to the ...›

Small Business
March 7, 2018Small Business

SBA OHA Affirms Long-Standing Interpretation of Recertification Regulations

In a recent decision, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) Office of Hearing and Appeals (“OHA”) affirmed the widely-understood interpretation of the SBA regulations that a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern (“SDVO SBC”) retains its SDVO SBC status for the life of multiple award task order contracts even when acquired by a non-veteran-owned company.  The ...›

Protests and Litigation
March 5, 2018Protests & Litigation

February 2018 Bid Protest Roundup

In this roundup of interesting U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) protests released in February, we look at (1) the effect of agency-level protests on GAO protest deadlines; (2) the fairly high bar for winning a bait-and-switch protest; (3) an important limit on agencies’ discretion to limit the scope of proposal revisions in corrective action; and ...›

February 28, 2018Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for January 2018

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary resources. This month we ask: Which company received a second declination letter from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)? Which Latin American country introduced corporate criminal ...›

Protests and Litigation
February 26, 2018Protests & Litigation

GAO Presents a Study in Timeliness Traps

In a decision released on Friday, February 23, 2018, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) provided further demonstration of the bid protest – timeliness traps that may ensnare the wary and unwary alike. In Savannah River Technology & Remediation, LLC; Fluor Westinghouse Liquid Waste Services, LLC, B-415637 et al., Feb. 8, 2018, ___ CPD ¶ ___, ...›

Federal Procurement
February 21, 2018Acquisition Regulations, Compliance

Acquisition Disruption – Innovative Concepts in Government Contracting

Government procurement often gets a (not altogether undeserved) bad rap as a cumbersome process that is lacking in imagination and innovation.  Today more than ever, however, the federal government is making use of cutting edge procedures and methods to attract commercial companies to government contracting and to encourage modernization and efficiency in procurements.  Below we ...›

Protests and Litigation
February 14, 2018Protests & Litigation

Pilot Testing of GAO’s New Filing System Currently Underway

Earlier this month, the GAO announced that its long-awaited electronic protest docketing system (EPDS) is now operational and undergoing limited pilot testing with certain designated protests filed since February 1.  EPDS is a major step forward from the current system of emailing all protest-related filings to a single GAO email address (or faxing or hand-delivering ...›