Government Contracts & Investigations

EAJA Provides Relief to Construction Contractor for Government’s Bad Actions

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In Vet4U, LLC v. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals awarded costs and attorney fees to the small business contractor that won its appeal pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), 5 U.S.C. § 504, after finding the government’s position was not substantially justified. The EAJA is a usefulRead More

Topics: Claims and Disputes, Contract Administration

Knowledge is Power . . . If You Know How to Use It

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Discussions with an agency prior to submitting a final proposal can lead to a more well-informed submission by an offeror; however, such is not always the case. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision in Quality Control International, LLC (QCI), B-417984 (December 20, 2019) provides guidance as to how offerors should rely on information supplied byRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process

U.S. Government Issues Alert Regarding Critical Windows 10 Update – Are You Entitled To Compensation?

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Earlier this month, the National Security Agency (NSA) discovered a serious security flaw in Microsoft Windows 10 cryptographic functionality, CVE-2020-0601.That security flaw could render trust certifications used to authenticate sources in communications and files vulnerable to spoofing or attack. As the NSA Cybersecurity Advisory notes, “[e]xploitation of the vulnerability allows attackers to defeat trusted networkRead More

Topics: Claims and Disputes, Contract Administration, Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy

Don’t Rely on a Procuring Agency to Track Down Past Performance Questionnaires

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Given how much emphasis federal procurement law properly places on fairness, it can be easy to assume that government buyers must do everything necessary to ensure a fair procurement. But that’s not always the case. For example, as the recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision in Yulista Tactical Services LLC, B-417317.3; B-417317.5; B-417317.6 (January 15,Read More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process