Government Contracts & Investigations

How Soon Is Soon Enough for Corrective Action to Preclude Recovery of Protest Costs?


Contractors whose protests result in the challenged agency’s taking corrective action may attempt to recover their protest costs, particularly when they feel that the corrective action was unduly delayed. As the recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision in INTELiTEAMS, Inc.—Costs, B-418123.2, B-418180.2 (February 25, 2020) demonstrates, however, the operative date for determining the timeliness ofRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process

OHA Decision Highlights the Perils of Mixing Business with Family


A cornerstone of the Small Business Administration (SBA) size regulations is that a business’s size is determined by measuring its size in addition to the size of its affiliates. The recent SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) decision in Size Appeal of: Cazador Investments LLC (Appellant), SBA No. SIZ-6048, 2020 WL 897975, discusses oneRead More

Topics: Small Business / Socioeconomic Issues

Stinson Attorneys Presenting on CMMC at NDIA Rocky Mountain Chapter


On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, Stinson partners Susan Warshaw Ebner and Eric Whytsell will be presenting on “Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC): Guarding the Keys to the Kingdom” at a National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Rocky Mountain Chapter event in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The presentation will highlight the evolution of and latest information about theRead More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues, Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy

Hope Is Not a Strategy: Protest Shortcomings of Corrective Action as Soon as You See Them


When an agency announces its intent to take corrective action in response to a protest, it’s easy for the protester to feel that it has “won”—and to some extent it has. At the very least, its protest has prompted the agency to regroup and remedy one or more perceived problems with the subject procurement. DespiteRead More

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