CHIPS and Science Act Makes Available Billions of Dollars for the United States Science and Technology Sectors
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- - GrantsInfusing billions of dollars into the U.S. semiconductor industry and appropriating billions more for scientific research and development, what is now colloquially referred to as the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 was signed into law by President Biden on August 9, 2022. According... ›
OFCCP’s Revised Directive Softens on Seeking Privileged Pay Analysis
By: Andrew R. TurnbullOn August 18, 2022, OFCCP issued a revised Directive 2022-01 (the “Revised Directive”) clarifying that contractors will not be required to provide any privileged pay analysis conducted for purposes of compliance with 41 C.F.R. § 60-2.17(b)(3). Although OFCCP’s clarification is welcome news for contractors,... ›
“I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends”: Relying on Affiliate Past Performance and Experience
By: Damien C. Specht and James A. TuckerFor evaluation purposes in a federal procurement, may an offeror rely upon the past performance and experience of its affiliates? The answer generally is a qualified yes, but the answer and the qualifications may change depending on the terms of each solicitation. If, on the other... ›
Another Piece to the Puzzle: Court of Federal Claims Has Jurisdiction Over Bid Protest Where the Disputed Other Transaction Could Lead to a Follow-On Production Contract
By: Locke Bell and Victoria Dalcourt AngleThere has been significant uncertainty as to where a company can protest an Other Transaction (“OT”) award. As we previously reported , cases such as SpaceX , MD Helicopter , and Kinemetrics have provided useful data points. The most recent decision of the U.S. Court of... ›
July 2022 Bid Protest Roundup: Standing, Delivery Orders, Conflicts
By: Sandeep N. NandivadaThis month’s bid protest round up focuses on three recent decisions from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the Government Accountability Office (GAO). These decisions involve (1) standing at the Court where protest allegations are speculative; (2) the rules related to delivery orders issued... ›
New Small Business Regulation: Reliance on Past Performance Gained as a Subcontractor or Joint Venture Member
By: James A. Tucker and Damien C. SpechtThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently promulgated a final rule addressing past performance ratings for small business joint venture members and small business first-tier subcontractors. The rule, which will go into effect on August 22, 2022, is a welcome implementation of requirements of... ›
EO 14055 Proposed Rules Require Successor Contractors to Once Again Offer First Right of Refusal to Predecessor Workers
By: Andrew R. Turnbull and Nicole E. GilesOn July 15, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) published a 160-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement Executive Order (EO) 14055 , “Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts,” seeking to once again require successor contractors to give a right of... ›
Chasing the FAR: DOD’s Buy American Act Final Rule
By: Markus Gerhard SpeidelRecently, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued a final rule that immediately implements President Trump’s Executive Order (E.O.) 13881 to maximize the government’s procurement of American-made goods, products, and materials under the Buy American Act (BAA) statute. The final rule conforms the DOD’s pre-existing... ›
June 2022 Bid Protest Roundup: Timeliness, Scope, Defining Status Quo
By: Krista A. NunezThis month’s bid protest roundup focuses on two recent decisions by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and one decision from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (“Court”). These decisions involve (1) the consequences of failing to scrutinize the terms of an indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity... ›
Supreme Court to Consider Whether the Government Can Dismiss a False Claims Act Suit if It Opted Not to Intervene at the Outset
By: J. Alex Ward and Victoria Dalcourt AngleThe U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether the Government can dismiss a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit pursuant to 31 U.S.C. § 3730(c)(2)(A) over the Relator’s objections after initially choosing not to intervene in the case and, if so, what standard applies.... ›