Litigation
May 8, 2017Protests & Litigation

April 2017 Protest Roundup

Our monthly bid protest roundup for April identifies decisions by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Court of Federal Claims on issues concerning:  small businesses’ right to a certificate of competency review from the Small Business Administration before being excluded for responsibility-like reasons; how potentially problematic organizational conflicts of interests can and should be ...›

False Claims Act
May 1, 2017False Claims Act

Gov’t Nonintervention In Agape And Future FCA Cases

If, as the saying goes, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, what then to make of the government’s absolute veto power over False Claims Act settlements? In United States ex rel. Michaels v. Agape Senior Community Inc., the Fourth Circuit recently confirmed that even when the government declines to intervene in a False Claims ...›

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 ...›