Top 10 International Anti-Corruption Developments for December 2018
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- In 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 in the past month, with links to primary resources. This month we ask: What were the final Foreign Corrupt Practices... ›
MoFo Partner Alex Ward Speaking at ACI Forum on False Claims and Qui Tam Enforcement
By: J. Alex WardOn January 29, 2019, Morrison & Foerster Government Contracts Co-Chair Alex Ward will be speaking at ACI’s 6th Annual Advanced Forum on False Claims and Qui Tam Enforcement at the Park Lane Hotel in New York, NY. His panel, “Effectively Negotiating False Claims Act... ›
Senate Bill Demonstrates Continued Interest in the Federal Acquisition Supply Chain
By: Damien C. Specht and Locke BellFor years, United States security agencies have recognized a threat to government information technology systems posed by contractor supply chains. The Government has struggled, however, to balance national security assessments of a contractor’s supply chain (which may include classified or otherwise sensitive information) against... ›
2018 Protest Roundup
By: Victoria Dalcourt AngleIn this post, we not only provide our regular recap of key protest decisions from December 2018, but also discuss some of the key decisions from 2018 as well as a few take-aways from the GAO’s Fiscal Year 2018 report on its bid protest... ›
Contractors Should Prepare for Potential Shutdown
By: Kathy C. Weinberg and Victoria Dalcourt AngleEditor’s Note: What’s old seems to be new again. We wrote the below post 11 months ago. Though the date has now changed from January 19 to December 21, the information is pertinent once again for contractors wondering what to do in the event... ›
New Decisions Clarify Small Business Minority Shareholder Protections
By: Damien C. Specht, James A. Tucker and Victoria Dalcourt AngleOne of the easiest small business affiliation rules to apply is that a person that owns “50 percent or more of a concern’s voting stock. .. controls or has the power to control the concern.” 13 C.F.R. § 121.103(c)(1). It is far more difficult, however,... ›
Of Human Bondage and Christian Doctrine
By: James A. TuckerTo be clear, the bondage here is the bond requirement under Federal construction contracts, and the doctrine does not appear in the catechism but in the Court of Claims’ old decision in G. L. Christian & Associates v. United States , 312 F.2d 418... ›
GAO Sharpening its Blade [Strategies] on OTA Review
By: Locke Bell and Victoria Dalcourt AngleThe Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) recent decision in Blade Strategies, LLC , B-416752, 2018 WL 4584111 (Comp. Gen. Sept. 24, 2018) , clarifies the GAO’s jurisdiction and standard of review for protests of other transaction agreements (OTAs), and also serves as a good reminder... ›
“Workin’ Nine to Five” – But Not in a Government Office: Requesting a Debriefing
By: James A. TuckerIn Exceptional Software Strategies, Inc ., B-416232 , the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently addressed the obscure rules for when a disappointed offeror must request a debriefing. It’s generally well known that, in procurements where offerors may have a right to debriefings, a disappointed... ›
Corporate Transactions as a Basis for Protest (Post-Award Protest Primer #18)
By: Damien C. Specht and James A. TuckerMost corporate transactions go forward without protests. Several prominent protest decisions over the last few years, however, have drawn attention to the complicated and sometimes unpredictable effect corporate transactions can have on pending procurements. This uncertainty is exacerbated by the (often required) secrecy around... ›