Government Contracts & Investigations

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Small Business Provisions

To aid and address the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., on Friday, March 27, 2020, Congress passed and the president quickly signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law. The CARES Act is reported to be twice as large as any relief ever signed and to provide $2.2Read More

Topics: Statutes and Regulations

In Case You Missed It: New Website Provides Acquisition-Related Coronavirus Information

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If you’re looking for a single place to find information concerning the federal government’s response to the coronavirus that impacts contractors, the General Services Administration (GSA) recently uploaded a webpage on the acquisition.gov website that aims to deliver: https://www.acquisition.gov/coronavirus. While it is not a comprehensive source, the site includes selected links to guidance and memorandaRead More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues, Contract Administration

First COVID-19 Fraud Action Filed by the DOJ, and What It Means for Government Contractors

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it has taken its first action in federal court to combat fraud related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The heightened fraud enforcement establishes a new precedent for government contractors, in particular, to take extra steps to ensure robust compliance measures are in place, to review supply chain agreements,Read More

Topics: Contract Administration, Fraud, False Claims, and False Statements

You Can’t Always Get What You Want…Unless You Actually Asked For It

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The Government was recently reminded of its responsibility to clearly articulate its requirements for contract performance in Command Language, Inc. d/b/a CLI Solutions, ASBCA No. 61216. There, the Government had sought the creation of 30 and 40 level maintenance manuals to support Afghan forces utilizing Mobile Strike Force Vehicles (MSFV) in Afghanistan. The Afghan forcesRead More

Topics: Claims and Disputes

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