Government Contracts & Investigations

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

EAJA Provides Relief to Construction Contractor for Government’s Bad Actions


In Vet4U, LLC v. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals awarded costs and attorney fees to the small business contractor that won its appeal pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), 5 U.S.C. § 504, after finding the government’s position was not substantially justified. The EAJA is a usefulRead More

Topics: Claims and Disputes, Contract Administration

Knowledge is Power . . . If You Know How to Use It


Discussions with an agency prior to submitting a final proposal can lead to a more well-informed submission by an offeror; however, such is not always the case. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision in Quality Control International, LLC (QCI), B-417984 (December 20, 2019) provides guidance as to how offerors should rely on information supplied byRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process