Government Contracts & Investigations

DNI Apparently Has Granted DoD A Limited Temporary Waiver of Section 889 Implementation

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Government contractors have been closely watching developments in the implementation of Section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2019, which bans government contractors’ use and provision of telecommunications and video surveillance products and services from Huawei, ZTE, and other identified Chinese companies. The Administration has previously determined that the equipment and servicesRead More

Topics: Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy, Statutes and Regulations

Stinson Partner Susan Warshaw Ebner Begins Term as Chair of the ABA Public Contract Law Section

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Stinson LLP Partner Susan Warshaw Ebner begins her term as Section Chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Public Contract Law Section this August. This position is the culmination of years of leadership in the Public Contract Law Section, the preeminent professional association of lawyers engaged in public contracting, including federal, state, local government contracting, research and development, grants,Read More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues

You Challenge the Award, You Best Come Ready to Play

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Just as in golf swings, your follow-through in Government Accountability Office (GAO) protests can mean the difference between success and failure. And if you don’t have a solid argument to bolster your protest grounds, you might want to rethink bringing them in the first place. The recent GAO decision in U.S. Electrodynamics, Inc., B-418574.2; B-418574.4Read More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process, Procurement

For Federal Contractors, Another Potential Hurdle to Engaging Foreign Labor

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On August 3, 2020, the president issued Executive Order No. 13940 on Aligning Federal Contracting and Hiring Practices with the Interests of American Workers. As indicated by the title of the order, the purported underlying policy is to create opportunities, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, for American workers to compete for federal contractingRead More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues

SBA Office of Inspector General Issues Management Report Advising of Fraud And Seeking Further SBA Oversight of COVID-19 Loans and Advances

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On July 28, 2020, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a Management Alert raising concerns of potential fraud relating to the Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance grant programs. The OIG reported receiving more than 5,000 complaints of suspected incidents of fraud from financial institutions that had received the economicRead More

Topics: Fraud, False Claims, and False Statements