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November 9, 2018Protests & Litigation

October 2018 Bid Protest Roundup

This month’s bid protest round-up takes a closer look at an agency’s discretion to take corrective action, as well as potential pitfalls with joint ventures and subsidiaries, and clarification on protest timing with the DoD debriefing rules. Dell Federal Systems, L.P., et al. United States, No. 2017-2516 et al. (Fed. Cir. Oct. 5, 2018). In ...›

November 7, 2018Announcements & Press

MoForward 2019 Recap

On Thursday, October 25th, we held our second MoForward program at the Tysons Ritz-Carlton, a full-day program led by our Government Contracts group and our colleagues who have led the government’s and the industry’s most significant enforcement and response teams. Our program this year showcased panels by 11 partners, 8 associates and 2 of counsel, ...›

October 22, 2018Cybersecurity & Data Privacy, Defense

Guidance on Securing Controlled Unclassified Information – Key Takeaways from the NIST CUI Workshop

On October 18, 2018, the National Institutes for Standards and Technology (NIST) hosted a day-long workshop that featured experts from across the government brought in to educate industry representatives and government agency personnel about the security requirements applicable to Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).  Hundreds of attendees, both in person and via webcast, turned out to ...›

Compliance
October 11, 2018Compliance, Protests & Litigation

Federal Circuit Overrules Court of Federal Claims: Agencies Need Not Narrowly Tailor Corrective Action

In an important new decision, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rejected a line of Court of Federal Claims case law that required agencies to “narrowly tailor” corrective action to fit the procurement errors the action is intended to resolve. Procedural History In Dell Federal Systems, L.P. v. United States, the Federal Circuit ...›

October 9, 2018Protests & Litigation

September 2018 Bid Protest Roundup

This month’s round-up covers a slew of interesting bid protests from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Court of Federal Claims (COFC) covering the most recent case in the Department of Education debt collection saga, responsibility matters, standing, and corporate restructuring. FMS Investment Corp., et al. v. United States and Alltran Education, Inc., No. ...›

Federal Procurement

GAO Sharpening its Blade [Strategies] on OTA Review

The Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) recent decision in Blade Strategies, LLC, B-416752, 2018 WL 4584111 (Comp. Gen. Sept. 24, 2018), clarifies the GAO’s jurisdiction and standard of review for protests of other transaction agreements (OTAs), and also serves as a good reminder that all protests challenging an aspect of an agency’s solicitation — including the ...›