Government Contracts & Investigations

The Army Corps of Engineers Seeks to Use More Public-Private Partnerships

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On February 1, 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) rolled out a program seeking pitches from private industry for possible public-private partnership projects. The USACE, looking to add efficiency and value to infrastructure projects, announced in the Federal Register a 60-day period for the submission of information on conceptual Public-Private Partnership (P3) deliveryRead More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues, Aviation

Being “Highly Desirable” Doesn’t Make a Specification Mandatory

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When pursuing a government contracting opportunity, it’s always important to read and understand the solicitation’s description of the contract requirements your proposal must address. In this context, as in most others, language matters. Indeed, as the recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision in The Lioce Group, B-416896 (January 7, 2019), reminds us, the language theRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process

Wyoming Supreme Court Rules that Airport Operator Is Subject to Open Records Law

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Seeking to avoid an “absurd result,” the highest state court in Wyoming has ruled that the Jackson Hole Airport cannot refuse to produce airport-related documents by claiming that the airport is not subject to the state’s open records law: the Wyoming Public Records Act (WPRA). This decision is important for airports, governments that own airports,Read More

Topics: Aviation, State and Local Procurement, Statutes and Regulations

Contractors Need to Take OCIs Seriously because the Government Certainly Does

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For anyone who’s ever doubted or downplayed the importance of avoiding organizational conflicts of interest (OCIs), a recent settlement announced by the Department of Justice in Colorado should serve as a wake-up call. Last month, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado announced that Progressive Technology Federal Systems, Inc. (PTFS) and its President andRead More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues, Bid Protests and the Contracting Process