Topic Archives: Compliance

November 11, 2019Compliance, Federal Procurement

DOJ Takes Aim at Collusion in Government Procurement with New Strike Force

On November 5, 2019, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the creation of a new Procurement Collusion Strike Force (PCSF) focused on deterring, detecting, investigating, and prosecuting antitrust crimes, especially bid-rigging, in government procurement at the federal, state, and local levels.  This follows several criminal indictments in the past year of bid rigging among government ...›

DOD Promulgates Long-awaited Restrictions on LPTA Procurement

The Department of Defense (DOD) has promulgated the final rule restricting DOD’s use of Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) acquisition methods. The final rule adopts, without any substantive changes, the proposed rule published last December and implements sections of the National Defense Authorization Acts for FY 2017 and 2018. The final rule can be found ...›

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 ...›

March 1, 2019Compliance, Defense, Federal Procurement

Undefinitized Contract Action Proposed Rule

In the National Defense Authorization Acts for 2017 and 2018, Congress required the Department of Defense (DOD) to implement certain reforms for issuing and definitizing Undefinitized Contract Actions (UCAs).  After a long delay, DOD has issued a proposed rule and requested comments from industry. UCAs are meant to be used when the Government has urgent ...›

Defense
February 15, 2019Compliance, Defense, Protests & Litigation

Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Risks of War

In last month’s post, we considered First Kuwaiti Trading & Contracting W.L.L., v. Dep’t of State, CBCA 3506, 2018 WL 6423911 (Dec. 3, 2018), and Appeal of ECC International, LLC, ASBCA 60484, 2018 WL 6251069 (Nov. 16, 2018), to reflect on how the risks of war are allocated between contractors and the government and how ...›

February 5, 2019Compliance, M&A, Protests & Litigation

In Wyle, the GAO Gives Another Reminder of Risks Associated with Pending Procurements During a Transaction

Although there are often significant rewards associated with transactions among government contractors, the transactions require careful planning and coordination.  Even then, there is a fair amount of risk during the process: the novation process (when required) is discretionary; the seller may have undisclosed violations of procurement law; organizational conflicts of interests may preclude the buyer ...›

Defense
January 25, 2019Compliance, Defense, Protests & Litigation

Who Bears the Risks of War?

On the eve of the Vicksburg campaign in October 1862, Abraham Lincoln instructed Ulysses S. Grant, “Follow law, and forms of law, as far as convenient.”  In a war zone, Lincoln seemed to recognize, there may be some uncertainty in the application of the law.  Unfortunately, that uncertainty also seems to apply to contractors’ claims ...›

Compliance

DOD’s Long-Awaited LPTA Regulations Expected in Fourth Quarter of FY 2019

For a number of years now, Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) source-selection procedures have come under fire for overuse and misuse at the same time budget constraints make LPTA methods more enticing to some cash-strapped agencies. In an LPTA procurement, the Government evaluates proposals for mere technical acceptability under the solicitation’s stated evaluation criteria.  Of ...›