Government Contracts & Investigations

Category: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process

If You Want to Win the Contract, You Can’t Afford to Rely on Glancing References and Unsupported Assurances to “Demonstrate” Anything

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When solicitations require proposals to address numerous factors in a limited number of pages, offerors must find a way to adequately cover all the issues in as few words as possible. Faced with this situation, contractors may be tempted to use shorthand methods of presenting information. As the recent US Government Accountability Office (GAO) decisionRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process

Recent Trends in Missouri Procurement Law Highlight Importance of an Early Protest Strategy

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When vying for a government contract, vendors hope to avoid the need for protest and litigation. But solicitation documents aren’t perfect. Often, the evaluation process isn’t either. When issues arise, vendors are left in a tricky position: Do you dispute the issue during the procurement process, possibly angering the people tasked with evaluating your bid?Read More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process, State and Local Procurement

FAA Announces Audit of Its Award Practices for Major Acquisition Program Contracts

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In order to operate, maintain, and modernize the National Airspace System (NAS), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) relies on an expansive portfolio of capital assets. Acquisition plays a key role in supporting FAA’s mission to operate the NAS and modernize air traffic control through implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). The NextGenRead More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues, Bid Protests and the Contracting Process, Claims and Disputes, Statutes and Regulations

Being “Highly Desirable” Doesn’t Make a Specification Mandatory

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When pursuing a government contracting opportunity, it’s always important to read and understand the solicitation’s description of the contract requirements your proposal must address. In this context, as in most others, language matters. Indeed, as the recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision in The Lioce Group, B-416896 (January 7, 2019), reminds us, the language theRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process

Contractors Need to Take OCIs Seriously because the Government Certainly Does

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For anyone who’s ever doubted or downplayed the importance of avoiding organizational conflicts of interest (OCIs), a recent settlement announced by the Department of Justice in Colorado should serve as a wake-up call. Last month, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado announced that Progressive Technology Federal Systems, Inc. (PTFS) and its President andRead More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues, Bid Protests and the Contracting Process