Government Contracts & Investigations

Category: Government Contracts

Protests Alleging an Unmitigated OCI Must Present “Hard Facts” Even When the Awardee Is the Incumbent

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When an agency makes an award to the incumbent, the disappointed offerors often believe that the incumbent’s performance of the previous contract must have given it an impermissible leg up on the competition in the form of an organizational conflict of interest (“OCI”). However, as the recent Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) decision in Lukos-VATC JVRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process, Government Contracts

DIB Take Note: SolarWinds Hack and DHS CISA Emergency Directive on Cyber Vulnerabilities Point to the Need to be Prepared for APTs

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If you don’t know about SolarWinds, then you haven’t been reading the news for the past six months. Last October 2020, it was reported that a widely-used networking tool that helps companies in the public and private sectors manage their Information Technology (IT) portfolios – SolarWinds Orion product — had been compromised. Publicly, it hasRead More

Topics: Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy, Government Contracts, Supply Chain Risk Management

If Your Proposal Makes the Agency Work Too Hard, You Have Only Yourself to Blame If You Don’t Win

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If the first rule of proposal writing is “give the agency the information it asks for,” the most important corollary is “make the proposal easy to understand.” In other words, clarity and consistency is key; avoid anything in your proposal that might raise questions, confuse the evaluators, or otherwise detract from your message that youRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process, Government Contracts

Cybersecurity Supply Chain Developments – What’s Next for CMMC?

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It is now June 2020. The Department of Defense (DoD) initially projected that, this month, it would issue ten pilot Requests for Information (RFIs) as part of its efforts to develop the means for its implementation of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) under DoD contracts. To date we have not seen any of theRead More

Topics: Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy, Government Contracts, Procurement