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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.


Protests and Litigation
June 27, 2017Protests & Litigation

Post-Award Protest Primer Series: Part 1

Part 1:  An Introduction to Bid Protests Welcome to the first in a new series of articles on post-award bid protests!  A lot of misunderstandings and misinformation surround the bid protest, and traps abound for the wary and unwary alike.  To dispel some of this confusion and explore some of the substantive and procedural issues ...›

June 26, 2017Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

German Parliament Enacts Wide-ranging Surveillance Powers Allowing End User Devices to Be Hacked by Authorities

On June 22, 2017, the German Parliament passed a bill that, among other things, awards extensive surveillance powers to law enforcement authorities. The new law, once in force, will allow law enforcement to covertly install software on end user devices allowing the interception of ongoing communications via Internet services such as WhatsApp or Skype. These ...›

June 19, 2017Announcements & Press

Ed Jackson Joining Morrison & Foerster

Morrison & Foerster LLP is pleased and excited to welcome Edward Jackson as the newest member of the firm’s robust Government Contracts practice. With more than 25 years’ experience in procurement law, and drawing on his experience as a former CPA, Ed has developed a nationwide reputation for expertise in the Federal Acquisition Regulation cost ...›

Compliance
June 12, 2017Compliance, Protests & Litigation

O Ye of Little Faith: Breaching the Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing While Complying with the Express Terms of a Government Contract

In contracts – and especially in government contracts, where one is expected to “turn square corners” – we often analyze breach of contract in light of the jots and tittles of a contract’s express terms.  And, in bringing a Contract Disputes Act (CDA) claim against the Government based upon an alleged breach, one’s focus usually ...›

Litigation
June 7, 2017Protests & Litigation

May 2017 Protest Roundup

In May, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (“COFC”) published a number of decisions, many of which can be categorized as “back-to-basics” decisions.  We address below decisions on the following issues of interest: (1) complying with solicitation requirements; and (2) the importance of the performance work statements in resolving ...›

Federal Procurement

GSA Seeks Input On Repeal, Replacement, and Modification of Policies and Regulations

On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the GSA issued a request for comments seeking “input on acquisition regulations, policies, standards, business practices and guidance issued by GSA across all of its acquisition, disposal, and sales programs, that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.”  GSA issued this broad request in furtherance of Executive Order 13777, ...›

Cybersecurity
June 1, 2017Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

MoFo and ACC Seminar: Intellectual Property and Data Rights in Government Contracting

On June 14, 2017, Morrison & Foerster partners Jay DeVecchio and Tina Reynolds will participate in a Government Contractors Forum Boot Camp on Intellectual Property and Data Rights in Government Contracting sponsored by Association of Corporate Counsel, National Capital Region. Their panel will provide practice pointers and practical considerations for contractors that offer their software ...›

Small Business
May 31, 2017M&A

MoFo Webinar: Contractor M&A – Assessing Transactions Involving Companies with Sensitive Customers

On June 6, 2017 at 1-2PM EST, Morrison & Foerster partner Rick Vacura and associate Charles Capito will present a Federal Publications webinar, “Contractor M&A – Assessing Transactions Involving Companies with Sensitive Customers.” Rick and Charles will provide a brief overview on the basics of government contracts due diligence, but will focus on complications that ...›