Federal Procurement
January 8, 2019Federal Procurement, National Security

Senate Bill Demonstrates Continued Interest in the Federal Acquisition Supply Chain

For years, United States security agencies have recognized a threat to government information technology systems posed by contractor supply chains. The Government has struggled, however, to balance national security assessments of a contractor’s supply chain (which may include classified or otherwise sensitive information) against policies that favor transparency and competition. In many cases, a potential ...›

January 7, 2019Protests & Litigation

2018 Protest Roundup

In this post, we not only provide our regular recap of key protest decisions from December 2018, but also discuss some of the key decisions from 2018 as well as a few take-aways from the GAO’s Fiscal Year 2018 report on its bid protest decisions. GAO Report on Fiscal Year 2018 The GAO’s busy workload ...›

December 21, 2018Government Shutdown

Contractors Should Prepare for Potential Shutdown

Editor’s Note: What’s old seems to be new again. We wrote the below post 11 months ago. Though the date has now changed from January 19 to December 21, the information is pertinent once again for contractors wondering what to do in the event of a government shutdown affecting your customer agencies. As Congress and ...›

December 20, 2018Small Business

UPDATE: Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018

The Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018 is now law.  As we discussed in a previous post, the Act changes the look-back period for calculating gross annual receipts from three to five years for purposes of determining size.  In the coming year the Small Business Administration will likely promulgate implementing regulations interpreting the new ...›

Compliance

DOD’s Long-Awaited LPTA Regulations Expected in Fourth Quarter of FY 2019

For a number of years now, Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) source-selection procedures have come under fire for overuse and misuse at the same time budget constraints make LPTA methods more enticing to some cash-strapped agencies. In an LPTA procurement, the Government evaluates proposals for mere technical acceptability under the solicitation’s stated evaluation criteria.  Of ...›

International

South Korean Fuel Contractors Agree to $236 Million Settlement for Role in Bid-Rigging Scheme

Antitrust Division Renews Focus on Seeking Civil Damages for Antitrust Violations Harming Government On November 14, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (the “Division”) announced global settlements with three South Korea–based fuel companies for their role in a decade-long bid-rigging conspiracy that targeted fuel-supply contracts to U.S. military forces in South Korea. The ...›

December 10, 2018Small Business

Congress on the Cusp of Extending Small Business Status

UPDATED: The Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018 is now law. The “Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018,” which would expand the period of measurement for small business status from three years to five, is one step closer to becoming law, having recently passed the House and Senate.  This Act provides small businesses with the ...›