Crowell & Moring’s “All Things Protest” podcast keeps you up to date on major trends in bid protest litigation, key developments in high-profile cases, and best practices in state and federal procurement. In this episode, host Rob Sneckenberg interviews Senior Counsel Mark Ries about the nuanced procedural and substantive considerations for protests involving classified information. Mark is a retired Army JAG with extensive experience litigating all manner of protests and claims, including those in the classified arena.
Earlier this month we reported DoD’s class deviation to FAR 4.804-5(a)(3) that allows contracting officers to close out contracts (or groups of contracts) without completing a reconciliation audit or other corrective action under certain circumstances (see Special Closeout Authority for Old Contracts).
Every year mergers and acquisitions impact the positions of many proposal industry members. For example, this year, General Dynamics acquired CSRA, a $4.3B company. Like many proposal professionals, I have gone through several acquisitions and mergers. In one five-year period, I worked for three companies that were acquired by larger companies. If you find your company is being acquired or merging with another company, here are five tips to consider:
This week’s episode covers DOJ, IDIQ, and GAO case law news, and is hosted by partner David Robbins. Crowell & Moring’s “Fastest 5 Minutes” is a biweekly podcast that provides a brief summary of significant government contracts legal and regulatory developments that no government contracts lawyer or executive should be without. Listen: Crowell.com | PodBean |… Continue Reading
My company, DSFederal, serves the federal government with IT and software development, data analytics and program management services, mostly in the health IT and biomedical research spaces. We started 11 years ago with one employee (me!) working day and night from a table at a Barnes and Noble coffee shop. Now, DSFederal is a successful graduate of the SBA’s 8(a) program, and we’re entering our second decade with over 40 contracts and over 160 employees in several states.
Booz Allen Hamilton is bullish on growth prospects for both its financial results and ability to boost headcount in support of that just as the uptick in federal budgets accelerates over the next four months.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has seemingly slipped a noteworthy change into a technical correction published in the Federal Register on March 26, 2018. Indeed, this “technical correction” actually appears to be an attempt to overturn the impact of a decision that the Office of Hearing and Appeals (OHA) issued in January 2018 – In The Matter of: Analytic Strategies, Inc., No. VET-268 – which held that under SBA’s recertification rules, a SDVOSB maintains its size and socio-economic status for the life of the multiple-award contract unless a contracting officer requests recertification in connection with a specific task order.
The SBA gave 18 out of 23 agencies “A” grades in the 2017 small business goaling scorecard. Government contracts attorney Steven Koprince says the grade inflation isn’t deserved–and suggests giving agencies participation trophies instead.
Section 832 of the House version of the 2019 NDAA (which passed with an overwhelming majority) includes, at long last, a formalized (and precise) definition of the term ‘subcontract’.
The sixth version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard wasn’t pretty. If Congress took away most agencies’ iPhones and grounded them for a week, it wouldn’t be surprising.
The committee released the grades last Tuesday and brought two of the agencies that are struggling with FITARA — the Defense and the Agriculture departments — out to the woodshed to answer for their bad grades.