Government Contracts & Investigations

U.S. District Court Denies Motion To Dismiss and Considers Cybersecurity Compliance Under The Civil False Claims Act

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Cybersecurity issues are not going away anytime soon and the risk of noncompliance for contractors is ratcheting up. In a recent ruling in a Civil False Claims Act (FCA) Qui Tam case, Judge Shubb of the Eastern District of California determined that the whistleblower’s allegations – – that a company’s statements regarding the status ofRead More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues

Recent Trends in Missouri Procurement Law Highlight Importance of an Early Protest Strategy

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When vying for a government contract, vendors hope to avoid the need for protest and litigation. But solicitation documents aren’t perfect. Often, the evaluation process isn’t either. When issues arise, vendors are left in a tricky position: Do you dispute the issue during the procurement process, possibly angering the people tasked with evaluating your bid?Read More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process, State and Local Procurement

Multinationals—Make Sure to Comply with Personnel Representations in Your Proposals

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In trying to pool resources amongst related entities, lines may blur as to whether the personnel on a given project are employed by the domestic entity in accordance with the contract requirements and terms of proposal. While the facts of ABS Development Corporation, ASBCA Nos. 6022, et al. are on the extreme side of noncompliance,Read More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues

New Personal Net Worth Requirement for MBE/WBE Certification in Kansas City, Missouri

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A new Personal Net Worth requirement for MBE/WBE certification is set to take effect in Kansas City, Missouri on October 1, 2019.  It applies to everyone, and could have a significant impact. New Requirements On October 25, 2018, the Kansas City Council amended the rules that govern the City’s Minority & Women Business Enterprise ProgramRead More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues

Digging into the Details of the Latest Buy American Executive Order for Federal Construction Contractors

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E.O. 13858 Reiterates the Need for Strict Application of Buy American Rules on Infrastructure Projects On January 31, 2019 President Trump issued his “Executive Order on Strengthening Buy-American Preferences for Infrastructure Projects” (E.O. 13858). The Order is a re-assertion of and expansion upon his April 18, 2017 “Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American”Read More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues, Buy American Act, Construction, Contract Administration, Statutes and Regulations