July 2019 Bid Protest Roundup
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- Our monthly bid protest Law360 spotlight will discuss a handful of interesting bid protests from the preceding month, highlighting the most noteworthy aspects of the decisions for companies competing for contracts and agencies seeking procurement. This month saw some high-profile bid protest decisions. This... ›
New Rule Implementing NDAA Prohibition: U.S. Agencies Cannot Enter Contracts That Use Chinese Telecom Technology
By: W. Jay DeVecchio and Charles L. CapitoThe latest in a string of U.S. government (USG) actions restricting the use of Chinese technology in the U.S. supply chain is an interim rule issued by the Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) implementing... ›
Highlights From the Currently Stalled Small Business Administration Reauthorization and Improvement Act of 2019
By: Damien C. Specht and Alissandra Young McCannLast month, Senator Marco Rubio, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, released the Chairman’s mark to the Small Business Administration (SBA) Reauthorization and Improvement Act of 2019 (the “SBA Reauthorization Act”). This legislation aims to modernize and streamline SBA programs,... ›
DOD’s Other Transactions: Data Rights & Intellectual Property Simplified
By: W. Jay DeVecchioHow To Handle Intellectual Property Rights In OTs: The Department of Defense is actively pursuing “Other Transactions” (OTs) instead of procurement contracts. This allows DOD and its contractors to avoid many of the most burdensome aspects of the procurement regulations. But it also allows... ›
“Mistake” In Government Contracts
By: James A. TuckerEveryone knows that “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” But what about ignorance of the facts? In Woodies Holdings, L.L.C. v. United States , the Court of Federal Claims recently rejected a Government defense against a contractor claim and an affirmative counter-claim based... ›
President Issues New Domestic Preference Executive Order
By: Damien C. Specht and James A. TuckerThe President has issued the third in a series of executive orders (EOs) directed at tightening domestic-preference restrictions in Government procurements covered by the Buy American Act (BAA). EO 13881 orders the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR Council) within 180 days to “consider proposing”... ›
Top 10 International Anti-Corruption Developments for June 2019
By: James M. Koukios and Charles E. DurossIn order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary resources. This month we ask: What did a federal court have to... ›
June 2019 Bid Protest Roundup
By: Charles L. CapitoOur monthly bid protest Law360 spotlight will discuss a handful of interesting bid protests from the preceding month, highlighting the most noteworthy aspects of the decisions for companies competing for contracts and agencies seeking procurement. This installment of our bid protest roundup takes a... ›
Supreme Court Removes “Substantial Competitive Harm” Requirement for Contractors Seeking to Protect Confidential Information from Release Under FOIA
By: Tina D. Reynolds, James A. Tucker and Locke BellYou can rejoice in a recent Supreme Court decision if you have ever spent hours trying to convince a government agency not to release your company’s confidential information to the public in response to a Freedom of Information request. In a reversal of long-standing... ›
SBA Proposed Rule Revised Timeframe for Receipt Calculation in Size Determinations
By: Damien C. Specht and Locke BellResponding to statutory requirements in the 2018 Small Business Runway Extension Act, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a proposed rule on June 24, 2019 to adjust its regulations on the calculation of average annual receipts in small business size determinations. This change would... ›