Topic Archives: Compliance

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 ...›

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 ...›

Defense
September 24, 2018Compliance, Defense, Protests & Litigation

Increased Security Risks May Be a Cardinal Change

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld once explained that there are the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns.  Some greeted that gnomic pronouncement with bemused smiles.  But contractors operating in a contingency environment know exactly what he was talking about.  No mere mortal can accurately predict, much less price, all of the risks involved in ...›

Intellectual Property
August 16, 2018Compliance, Intellectual Property

FedPubs Intellectual Property Webinar Series

MoFo partners Jay DeVecchio and Tina Reynolds and associate Locke Bell will be co-presenting an upcoming FedPubs 3-part webinar series on intellectual property rules and regulations in government contracting. The series will provide an overview of the key principles governing the allocation of rights in technical data, computer software, and patents. Attendees will learn the ...›

Federal Procurement

“Workin’ Nine to Five” – But Not in a Government Office: Requesting a Debriefing

In Exceptional Software Strategies, Inc., B-416232, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently addressed the obscure rules for when a disappointed offeror must request a debriefing.  It’s generally well known that, in procurements where offerors may have a right to debriefings, a disappointed offeror must submit a written request to the contracting officer within three days ...›

Federal Procurement

Soothsaying Oracle: What GAO’s Decision Concerning DoD Prototype OTAs Means for DoD and Beyond

Other Transaction Agreements (OTAs):  The term is familiar among government contractors, yet commonly misunderstood.  Recently, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), in Oracle America, Inc., B-416061, May 31, 2018, 2018 CPD ¶ ___, defined OTAs as “legally-binding instruments, other than contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements, that generally are not subject to federal laws and regulations applicable ...›