March 1, 2019Compliance, Defense, Federal Procurement

Undefinitized Contract Action Proposed Rule

In the National Defense Authorization Acts for 2017 and 2018, Congress required the Department of Defense (DOD) to implement certain reforms for issuing and definitizing Undefinitized Contract Actions (UCAs).  After a long delay, DOD has issued a proposed rule and requested comments from industry. UCAs are meant to be used when the Government has urgent ...›

February 28, 2019Protests & Litigation

February 2019 Bid Protest Roundup

This month’s selection of bid protests includes discussion of:  (1) a successful challenge to a subcontracting restriction in the General Services Administration’s One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) solicitation; (2) an explanation of whose experience an agency can consider when a solicitation provides for the evaluation of an “offeror’s” experience; (3) an agency’s discretion ...›

February 19, 2019Artificial Intelligence + Robotics

Federal Government Expansion and Application of Artificial Intelligence Technologies

By all accounts 2019 will bring significant expansion in the use and development of artificial intelligence (AI) by the U.S. federal government.  Notwithstanding some well-publicized rejections by industry of the use of their AI technologies for offensive military and surveillance applications, the federal government remains a major supporter of and customer for AI technologies.  Below ...›

Defense
February 15, 2019Compliance, Defense, Protests & Litigation

Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Risks of War

In last month’s post, we considered First Kuwaiti Trading & Contracting W.L.L., v. Dep’t of State, CBCA 3506, 2018 WL 6423911 (Dec. 3, 2018), and Appeal of ECC International, LLC, ASBCA 60484, 2018 WL 6251069 (Nov. 16, 2018), to reflect on how the risks of war are allocated between contractors and the government and how ...›

FCPA
February 13, 2019Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Top 10 International Anti-Corruption Developments for January 2019

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 in the past month, with links to primary resources. This month we ask: Which countries rose and which fell in this year’s Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index? What new corruption laws ...›

February 12, 2019Protests & Litigation

January 2019 Bid Protest Roundup

Despite the shutdown that impacted much of the federal government for the month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) was fully funded and issued several decisions of note in January, including its decision in Wyle regarding the impact of transactions on pending procurements, which we wrote about in another post here.  This month’s roundup addresses three ...›

February 5, 2019Compliance, M&A, Protests & Litigation

In Wyle, the GAO Gives Another Reminder of Risks Associated with Pending Procurements During a Transaction

Although there are often significant rewards associated with transactions among government contractors, the transactions require careful planning and coordination.  Even then, there is a fair amount of risk during the process: the novation process (when required) is discretionary; the seller may have undisclosed violations of procurement law; organizational conflicts of interests may preclude the buyer ...›

Defense
January 25, 2019Compliance, Defense, Protests & Litigation

Who Bears the Risks of War?

On the eve of the Vicksburg campaign in October 1862, Abraham Lincoln instructed Ulysses S. Grant, “Follow law, and forms of law, as far as convenient.”  In a war zone, Lincoln seemed to recognize, there may be some uncertainty in the application of the law.  Unfortunately, that uncertainty also seems to apply to contractors’ claims ...›