Government Contracts & Investigations

Force Majeure and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Generally speaking, entities that enter into contracts are bound to perform them. However, as matters evolve, the impacts of natural and man-made problems arising from the coronavirus (COVID-19) are being felt by customers, their contractors, and suppliers. Who bears the costs of such impacts and are there possible defenses or routes to recovery of costs?Read More

Topics: Supply Chain Risk Management

The Impact of the Coronavirus on the Global Supply Chain

At the end of December, China acknowledged the existence of the coronavirus, and this¬†burgeoning heath crisis is becoming a supply chain problem. China, a major manufacturing hub for materials, products and components being used around the world, has been significantly impacted.¬† Facing the fast spread of the virus, China took a number of steps–delaying theRead More

Topics: Supply Chain Risk Management

Everybody’s Crying National Security, Just as Long as There’s Business First

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The title of this article is based on a line in an old song, “Everybody’s Crying Mercy,” by Mose Allison. As modified, the couplet captures the cognitive dissonance that many are feeling as a result of the federal government’s conflicting approach to trade with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. (Huawei) and its non-United States affiliates. InRead More

Topics: Export Controls, Sanctions and CFIUS

Simplified Acquisition Procedures Afford Agencies a Lot of Latitude

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Not being included, or being purposely excluded, may remind some of adolescence, and may remind others of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) simplified acquisition procedures. The recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision in Phoenix Environmental Design, Inc. (Phoenix), B-418304 (March 2, 2020) deals with facing the latter form of disappointment. The underlying purchase order inRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process, Small Business / Socioeconomic Issues