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Morrison Foerster’s Government Contracts Insights blog provides an in-depth analysis of news, developments, and trends impacting government contracting and procurement.

January 6, 2021 - Protests & Litigation

December 2020/Annual Bid Protest Roundup (Law360 Spotlight)

This installment of our monthly Law360 bid protest spotlight examines four recent protest decisions from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”), discusses a few key takeaways from the GAO’s annual report, and provides a year-end review of key bid protest decisions from 2020. This year’s …›

January 5, 2021 - Acquisition Regulations

MoFo Law Clerk Co-Authors Contract Management Article on Sustainable Procurement

MoFo law clerk Markus Speidel co-wrote an article for National Contract Management Association’s Contract Management magazine with George Washington University Law School Professor Steven Schooner. The article, titled “‘Warming Up’ to Sustainable Procurement,” discusses how the procurement community can address climate change via sustainable …›

December 8, 2020 - Protests & Litigation

November 2020 Bid Protest Roundup (Law360 Spotlight)

This installment of our monthly Law360 bid protest spotlight examines three protest decisions from three different forums: one from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), one from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and one from U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC). …›

November 30, 2020 - Small Business

CIO-SP4 Draft RFP Implications for JV/Partnerships

The National Institute for Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) released its draft request for proposals (the “Draft RFP”) for the new $40 billion Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners 4 (CIO-SP4) Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) (succeeding the popular CIO-SP3) earlier this year. …›

November 24, 2020 - Protests & Litigation

A Rose by Any Other Name: Offeror Remained the Same Entity for Bidding Purposes Despite Converting From a Corporation to a Limited Liability Company

We have previously addressed the challenges and legal risks of an offeror being the subject of a major transaction while it has a proposal pending for a Federal procurement. In numerous bid protest decisions, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has sketched the …›

November 23, 2020 - Small Business

New Small Business Rules: 8(a) Program

As we recently discussed, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has published a long-awaited rule that made important changes to numerous small business contracting programs and the rules Federal agencies must follow when contracting with small businesses. These changes went into effect on November …›

November 16, 2020 - Small Business

Small Business Participation In Government Contracts: Why It’s Important, How To Qualify, Benefits To Enjoy, And Traps To Avoid

In fiscal year 2019, federal agencies awarded $132.9 billion in contracts to small businesses. This is a reflection of policy goals, as Congress and federal agencies have long worked to provide business opportunities to small business concerns through federal contracts and subcontracts. The Federal …›