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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.


Small Business
April 19, 2017Small Business

SBA’s “All Smalls” Mentor-Protégé Tips and Discussion

On Thursday, April 13, 2017, MoFo partner Damien Specht moderated the “SBA’s ‘All Smalls’ Mentor-Protégé Tips and Discussion” seminar. The panel included Sandra Clifford, Deputy Director, All Small Mentor-Protégé Program, Small Business Administration and Jennifer Morrison, Associate General Counsel, Booz Allen Hamilton. The discussion centered on SBA’s recently expanded mentor-protégé program and the opportunities it ...›

Defense
April 13, 2017National Security

The Russians Are Coming. Again.

The world watched on March 20, 2017, as FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers testified about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election before the House Intelligence Committee. However, as John P. Carlin remarks in this Politico op-ed, the biggest bombshell to come out of the hearing went largely overlooked. ...›

Small Business
April 12, 2017Small Business

How Will the SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program Impact Government Contractors?

Recently, the federal government has become more serious about issuing contracts to small businesses and that requires contractors to approach this market with creative solutions.  One of those solutions is the Small Business Administration’s newly expanded Mentor-Protégé program, which allows large businesses to team with a larger variety of small businesses and to pursue contracts ...›

Defense
April 6, 2017Defense

The Future of DIUx in Limbo Under Trump

The Defense Department’s Defense Innovation Unit Experiment (DIUx) is a government entity that can quickly bring technology innovations from commercial developers to the armed services. DIUx helps the Department of Defense access cutting-edge technology from nontradtional contractors. This post explains how DIUx is able to do that and why it might not survive the change ...›

Litigation
April 4, 2017Protests & Litigation

March 2017 Protest Roundup

Our March bid protest round-up brings you disparate treatment, undocumented agency rationales, the duty of candor to courts, the unusual timeliness rules for protests of Organizational Conflicts of Interest (OCIs), and (once again) the Late Is Late rule. CSR, Inc., B-413973; B-413973.2, Jan. 13, 2017:  GAO affords agencies great deference in their value judgments as ...›

Small Business
April 3, 2017M&A

What Are Three Trends in Government Contracts M&A?

There have been recent three trends in Government Contracts M&A recently all related to the same theme: buyers are being very picky. Trend 1: A Critical View of Contractors With Large Small Business Content. Buyers will be skeptical that small business contracts, although transferrable, hold significant value. Trend 2: Increase in Asset Acquisitions. Instead of ...›