Topic Archives: Federal Procurement

Protests and Litigation

Rare Federal Circuit Protest Decision Affirms Agency Discretion in Sole Source Context

Last week, the Federal Circuit issued a rare opinion on a bid protest in Agustawestland North America, Inc. v. United States.  Bid protest decisions by the Court of Federal Claims are seldom appealed by protesters because the ability to get a meaningful remedy quickly dissipates as contract performance commences.  In this case, however, the Government ...›

Federal Procurement

Contractors Should Prepare For Potential Shutdown

As Congress and the Administration appear to be careening toward a potential government shutdown – whether on Friday January 19 or once another short-term continuing resolution expires – it is a good time for government contractors to review their contracts and the potential effect a shutdown might have. The Antideficiency Act mandates a partial government ...›


DOD Protest Reform: Initial Thoughts on the Congressionally-Mandated RAND Report

The RAND Corporation’s much-awaited report assessing bid protests of Department of Defense (DOD) procurements is out.  The report fulfills a Congressional mandate in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2017 to analyze a variety of issues relating to protests of DOD acquisitions.  The report appears to be thorough and well balanced and contains ...›

October 30, 2017Defense, Federal Procurement, M&A, Small Business

FY 2018 Forecasts: Items of Interest in Contracting, Small Business, and M&A

In the final post of our 2018 Fiscal Year Forecast series, Kevin Mullen and Damien Specht focus on the use of Low Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) contracts, the mounting backlog of security clearance applications, the increased use of unorthodox contracting methods such as Other Transaction Agreements, the success of and potential fallout from the All ...›


Hurricanes, Floods, Tornadoes, and Power Loss: What’s A Government Contractor To Do? Act Now Under Your Contract, While You Fix the Roof

This article has been republished in Law360. The aftermath of a hurricane is a difficult time for many in the affected areas, and government contractors are no exception.  Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused terrible damage in Texas and Florida, claiming lives and extensively damaging property.  The costs of these hurricanes are staggering.  Recovery will be ...›


FY 2018 Forecasts: Cloudy Skies for False Claims and Storms on the Protest Horizon?

This is the first in a short series of forecasts from our Government Contracts partners on things to watch for in government contracts in Fiscal Year 2018.  For more in-depth discussions of current events and trends, please join us for our inaugural MoForward Event on October 26th at the Tysons Corner Ritz Carlton.  Click here ...›

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 ...›

Federal Procurement

The “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order, Digested

The domestic-preference provisions of President Donald Trump’s April 18 executive order on “Buy American, Hire American” are ambitious in scope, requiring government-wide action to maximize the use of U.S. goods. While the order’s provisions will prove tricky to effectively implement, it is nonetheless a harbinger of things to come. All government contractors — and especially ...›