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VA Vendors Beware: Mind the Company You Keep; It’s Time for a Compliance Checkup | Government Contracts & Investigations Blog

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Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) acquisitions are about to get a lot more attention – from the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG), the U.S.

Source: VA Vendors Beware: Mind the Company You Keep; It’s Time for a Compliance Checkup | Government Contracts & Investigations Blog

More Opportunities On the Horizon for Small Businesses Seeking to Sell Cloud Computing to the Government | Government Contracts & Investigations Blog

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Each year, the Government purchases more and more cloud computing from contractors.  But while many small businesses can provide cloud computing, the current rules associated with small business set-aside contracts prevent agencies from awarding prime contracts with a large cloud computing component to small businesses.

Source: More Opportunities On the Horizon for Small Businesses Seeking to Sell Cloud Computing to the Government | Government Contracts & Investigations Blog

Recovering After the Shutdown: Proposed Legislation to Guarantee Back Pay for Government Contractors | Government Contracts & Investigations Blog

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After 35 days of the government shutdown, one of the (many) issues currently facing companies who contract with government agencies affected by the shutdown is if, when, and how, they must pay their employees upon the reopening of the government.

Source: Recovering After the Shutdown: Proposed Legislation to Guarantee Back Pay for Government Contractors | Government Contracts & Investigations Blog

GAO Annual Report On Bid Protests: 2018 Yields More Protests, More Merit Decisions, But Fewer Sustains and Fewer Hearings | Government Contracts & Investigations Blog

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On November 27, 2018, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) released its Bid Protest Annual Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2018.

Source: GAO Annual Report On Bid Protests: 2018 Yields More Protests, More Merit Decisions, But Fewer Sustains and Fewer Hearings | Government Contracts & Investigations Blog

Don’t Be Fooled: Seven Myths About Congressional Oversight | Government Contracts & Investigations Blog

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As the Democrats in Washington prepare to assume control of the House of Representatives following the 2018 midterm elections, “pundits” and “experts” are speculating about the Congressional oversight that will occur over the next two years; myth

Source: Don’t Be Fooled: Seven Myths About Congressional Oversight | Government Contracts & Investigations Blog

Kickbacks Aren’t Illegal Just for Federal Health Care Programs in Recently Enacted SUPPORT Act: New Compliance Concerns for Physician-Owned Laboratories | Government Contracts & Investigations Blog

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The SUPPORT Act is wide-ranging legislation comprised of over 120 separate bills aimed at combatting the opioid crisis and impacting every corner of the healthcare continuum.

Source: Kickbacks Aren’t Illegal Just for Federal Health Care Programs in Recently Enacted SUPPORT Act: New Compliance Concerns for Physician-Owned Laboratories | Government Contracts & Investigations Blog

Federal Circuit Affirms Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Are the VA’s First Priority | Government Contracts & Investigations Blog

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently affirmed a May 2017 Court of Federal Claims decision requiring the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) to give veteran-owned small businesses first priority before purchasing from the AbilityOne Program.

Source: Federal Circuit Affirms Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Are the VA’s First Priority | Government Contracts & Investigations Blog

Proposed Rule Would Create a Separate, More Restrictive Standard for “Adequate Price Competition” for the DoD, NASA, and the Coast Guard | Government Contracts & Investigations Blog

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On June 12, 2018, the Department of Defense (“DoD”), the General Services Administration, and NASA proposed a new rule that would limit the “adequate price

Source: Proposed Rule Would Create a Separate, More Restrictive Standard for “Adequate Price Competition” for the DoD, NASA, and the Coast Guard | Government Contracts & Investigations Blog

OSD Issues Policy Guidance Rejecting “Sweeps” Data | Government Contracts & Investigations Blog

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Inherent “lag time” often makes it impossible for contractors to provide “up to the minute” data in real time at the point when the parties “shake hands,” contractors have customarily performed immediate post-handshake sweeps.

Source: OSD Issues Policy Guidance Rejecting “Sweeps” Data | Government Contracts & Investigations Blog

The Future of COTS Procurement: Section 846 Industry Day Highlights | Government Contracts & Investigations Blog

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On June 21, 2018, the General Services Administration (“GSA”) and the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) held their second Industry Day concerning the implementation of Section 846 of the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) of 2018 (“Procurement Through E-Commerce Portals,” known hereafter as the “Portals Program”).[1] The Industry Day, GSA’s first since issuing its Phase I implementation plan, provided a unique opportunity for GSA to update the public on its current thinking for the Portals Program. A few highlights from the Industry Day are set out below.

Source: The Future of COTS Procurement: Section 846 Industry Day Highlights | Government Contracts & Investigations Blog

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