Government Contracts & Investigations

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

No-Poach Agreements between Government Contractors May Violate Antitrust Laws

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A group of U.S. government contractors are being accused of entering into illegal no-poaching agreements with each other. On February 7, a putative class consisting of current and former employees filed suit against Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI, and Mission Essential alleging antitrust violations. See Hunter v. Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp., No. 2:19-CV-411 (S.D. Ohio).Read More

Topics: Statutes and Regulations, Subcontracting and Strategic Alliances

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

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