Government Contracts & Investigations

Category: Aviation

GSA Removes All But DoD-Approved Drones from MAS Contracts

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In a move that has been expected for some time, the General Services Administration (GSA) announced on January 12, 2021 that it will remove all drones (as defined by 49 U.S.C. Ch. 448) from Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contracts, except those drones approved by the Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) through itsRead More

Topics: Aviation, Sourcing Restrictions, Trade Agreements Act

Contractors Should Not Leave Money on the Table: The Federal Circuit Clears the Way for Boeing to Use the Tucker Act to Sue DoD for “Illegal Exaction” in Connection with Contract Costs

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In these unprecedented, economically-challenging times for the aviation industry, it is especially important that airlines, manufacturers and other industry stakeholders have an accessible avenue open to them for pursuing reimbursement claims against the federal government arising out of government contracts. In a decision handed down last August, Boeing Co. managed to reverse its fortunes andRead More

Topics: Aviation, Claims and Disputes

FAA Imposes New Security Requirement for Small Drones, Previews New Regulations for Operations Over People

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Effective February 25, 2019, all small (between 0.55 and 55 pounds) unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are required to display the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) registration number on the external surface of the aircraft. This is according to the FAA interim final rule: External Marking Requirement for Small Unmanned Aircraft, published on February 13, 2019. FAARead More

Topics: Aviation, Statutes and Regulations

The Army Corps of Engineers Seeks to Use More Public-Private Partnerships

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On February 1, 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) rolled out a program seeking pitches from private industry for possible public-private partnership projects. The USACE, looking to add efficiency and value to infrastructure projects, announced in the Federal Register a 60-day period for the submission of information on conceptual Public-Private Partnership (P3) deliveryRead More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues, Aviation

Wyoming Supreme Court Rules that Airport Operator Is Subject to Open Records Law

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Seeking to avoid an “absurd result,” the highest state court in Wyoming has ruled that the Jackson Hole Airport cannot refuse to produce airport-related documents by claiming that the airport is not subject to the state’s open records law: the Wyoming Public Records Act (WPRA). This decision is important for airports, governments that own airports,Read More

Topics: Aviation, State and Local Procurement, Statutes and Regulations