September 11, 2017Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

Cross-Device Tracking: A Morrison & Foerster Data Protection Masterclass Webinar

The number of consumers using multiple devices—from smartphones to tablets to laptop computers—has exploded in recent years and continues to grow globally. Companies are increasingly turning to new technologies in an attempt to ascertain that multiple devices are connected to the same person for a variety of purposes, such as fraud prevention, providing a more ...›

Small Business
September 11, 2017Acquisition Regulations, Small Business

NAICS Code Appeals: One Size Does Not Fit All

The federal government sets aside many contracts for small businesses, but not all small business set-asides are created equal.  Instead, different size standards define small business status for different procurements.  The size standards vary from industry to industry, so a given firm may be a small business for one procurement at the same time it ...›

Litigation
September 8, 2017Protests & Litigation

August 2017 Bid Protest Roundup

There is no question that procurement regulations give agencies significant discretion at every step of the procurement process, and protesters often have a hard row to hoe to overcome the agency’s exercise of that discretion.  However, agencies often make that task easier by failing to provide full and logical explanations of their decisions that show ...›

Small Business
August 31, 2017M&A

Recent Trends In Government Contracts M&A

While multi-billion dollar transactions grab headlines—such as the combination of Computer Sciences Corp.’s public sector business with SRA International, the merger of Leidos Holdings, Inc. with Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions business, and Harris Corporation’s acquisition of Exelis Inc.—there are a few trends in federal government contracts mergers and acquisitions that have flown ...›

Protests and Litigation

GAO Protective Orders (Post-Award Protest Primer #5)

Post-award protests generally involve arguments about confidential, source-selection sensitive information – proprietary bid and proposal material, past performance data, cost and pricing information, nonpublic agency estimates, and the judgments of agency evaluators and source selection personnel.  Neither the government nor the competitors want that sort of information to be disclosed to anyone without rigorous protections.  ...›

Protests and Litigation

Applicability of the Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act

President Trump made headlines in April by signing an Executive Order urging federal agencies to “Buy American and Hire American.”  While this Order makes no substantive legal changes and, for now, appears to be more bark than bite, it should engender in all federal contractors a renewed focus on domestic preference laws.  Determining which domestic ...›