Government Contracts & Investigations

How Late Is Too Late to File a Claim?

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The Contract Disputes Act (CDA) governs claims under FAR-based Government contracts. More than forty years after its enactment in 1978, we are apparently still not all in agreement as to when the time for filing a claim has lapsed. On October 23, 2020, the complaint in Northrop Grumman Corp. (NGC) v. United States, Case 1:20-cv-01447-MHS,Read More

Topics: Claims and Disputes

One for All and All for One SBA Mentor-Protégé Program

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At their best, the mentor-protégé programs administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) are programs whereby large business mentors may partner with small business protégés—providing the small business with resources, knowledge, and an overall enhancement of capabilities. The program also provides that, under certain circumstances, the mentor-protégé team can also jointly venture to compete forRead More

Topics: Small Business / Socioeconomic Issues

COVID-19 Recovery: Are You Ready for the SIGPR?

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The COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in 2020 and Congress responded with legislation to provide a variety of forms of relief to small and large businesses and nonprofits, as well as individuals. In addition to providing relief under vehicles such as the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL),Read More

Topics: Fraud, False Claims, and False Statements

If Your Proposal Makes the Agency Work Too Hard, You Have Only Yourself to Blame If You Don’t Win

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If the first rule of proposal writing is “give the agency the information it asks for,” the most important corollary is “make the proposal easy to understand.” In other words, clarity and consistency is key; avoid anything in your proposal that might raise questions, confuse the evaluators, or otherwise detract from your message that youRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process, Government Contracts