June 5, 2019Protests & Litigation

May 2019 Bid Protest Roundup

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 installment of our bid protest roundup takes a look at three interesting protests from May. The first examines the Government Accountability ...›

Federal Court Confirms that Cybersecurity Gaps Can Form the Basis of False Claims Act Violations

Since the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies began implementing formal cybersecurity requirements for government contractors within the last few years, one lingering question on the minds of federal contractors and subcontractors has been:  “What happens if I do not comply?”  Firms, including ours, have counseled that breach of contract claims are possible, ...›

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May 13, 2019False Claims Act

New DOJ Guidance on Cooperation in FCA Investigations Clarifies How Companies Can Receive Leniency in Exchange for Voluntary Disclosures, but Leaves Unanswered Questions

Earlier this week, the Department of Justice released guidance identifying the circumstances in which the Department would award credit to companies that voluntarily disclose or otherwise cooperate during False Claims Act (“FCA”) investigations.  While the new guidance leaves some unanswered questions, it is a step in the right direction because it provides greater transparency by ...›

May 7, 2019Protests & Litigation

April 2019 Bid Protest Roundup

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’s bid protest round-up includes decisions from the Court of Federal Claims (COFC), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and ...›

April 22, 2019Small Business

Key Takeaways from the Small Business Administration’s Revised Policy Directives for the SBIR and STTR Programs

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has statutory authority to establish federal Government-wide policies to implement the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. SBA recently issued a significantly revised final SBIR/STTR Policy Directive, which is effective May 2, 2019. See 84 FR 12794. Below we highlight the major changes implemented ...›

April 5, 2019Protests & Litigation

March 2019 Bid Protest Roundup

This month’s bid protest round-up includes decisions from the Court of Federal Claims and the Government Accountability Office regarding the Competition in Contracting Act (CICA) automatic stay, agency responsibility and discretion, and the importance of complying with solicitation requirements. Technica LLC v. United States and Aviation Security Management LLC, No. 18-2003C, February 22, 2019. Technica ...›

March 27, 2019Compliance, Labor/Employment

OFCCP Announces FY2019 Audits

On March 25, 2019, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published the list of contractors that are scheduled to receive Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters (CSALs).  CSALs are courtesy letters OFCCP sends to contractors to alert them that one or more of their establishments will likely be scheduled for an OFCCP audit in the ...›