Topic Archives: Defense

Federal Procurement

ABA Federal Procurement Institute — MoFo Attorneys Co-Chair and Moderate Panels

During next week’s ABA Federal Procurement Institute, March 13-16, 2019 in Annapolis, MD, three Morrison & Foerster Government Contracts attorneys will be participating. Partner Damien Specht will serve as one of the conference co-chairs. He is also co-chair of the ABA Public Contract Law Section Mergers and Acquisitions Committee and the ABA Small Business & ...›

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 ...›

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 ...›

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 ...›

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 ...›

October 22, 2018Cybersecurity & Data Privacy, Defense

Guidance on Securing Controlled Unclassified Information – Key Takeaways from the NIST CUI Workshop

On October 18, 2018, the National Institutes for Standards and Technology (NIST) hosted a day-long workshop that featured experts from across the government brought in to educate industry representatives and government agency personnel about the security requirements applicable to Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).  Hundreds of attendees, both in person and via webcast, turned out to ...›

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 ...›

February 1, 2018Compliance, Defense

Millennials Outraged Over GAO Decision Upholding DoD Determination that Millennials Won’t Keep a Job

(Editor’s Note: The author of this post is millennial, though she does not admit it and we don’t hold it against her.) “Outraged” may be a tad dramatic, and the Department of Defense (DoD) didn’t actually make any determinations about millennials and their work ethic, but nevertheless millennials took center stage in the Government Accountability ...›