Topic Archives: Federal Procurement

Federal Procurement

GSA Seeks Input On Repeal, Replacement, and Modification of Policies and Regulations

On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the GSA issued a request for comments seeking “input on acquisition regulations, policies, standards, business practices and guidance issued by GSA across all of its acquisition, disposal, and sales programs, that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.”  GSA issued this broad request in furtherance of Executive Order 13777, ...›

Federal Procurement
May 31, 2017Federal Procurement

ASBCA Throws DCAA Another Brushback Pitch

In an April 2017 decision, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) once again rejected the position of the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) that a cost or type of cost for which allowability depends on the circumstances or Contracting Officer discretion can nonetheless be “expressly unallowable” and subject to penalties under FAR 42.709-1(a).  ...›

Federal Procurement
February 8, 2017Compliance, Federal Procurement

Developments in Commercial Item Procurement

Recent legal developments include promising indications that Government agencies could increase the use of commercial item acquisitions during the coming year.  In particular, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims decision in Palantir Technologies and several provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 encourage Contracting Officers to utilize commercial item procurement ...›

Cybersecurity

Important Takeaways from DHS’s Proposed Rule on Controlled Unclassified Information

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has now officially entered the government data security fray with its own proposed rule (HSAR Case 2015-001; 82 FR 6429; Jan. 19, 2017) for safeguarding Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). We have previously commented on the National Archives and Record Administration’s Final Rule on CUI, the Department of Defense’s rules on ...›

Federal Procurement
January 18, 2017Federal Procurement

OFPP Finds What Contractors Have Known: Effective Debriefings Will Lead To Better Proposals And Fewer Protests

On January 5, 2017, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (“OFPP”) released the third memorandum in its “Myth-busting” series. The third memo found that effective debriefings help to prevent protests and that there is clear room for improvement in the ways in which agencies conduct debriefings.  OFPP created the “myth-busting” series as part of an ...›

Federal Procurement

Texas Court Temporarily Stops Implementation of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

Last week, Judge Marcia Crone of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas stopped the implementation of controversial provisions of Executive Order 13673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, the associated FAR rule and Department of Labor Guidance (“the rules”). The Executive Order, which was first issued in 2014, requires contracting officers ...›