Tag Archives: Procurement

Federal Circuit Grounds The “Flying Dorito”

In McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. United States, Civil Action No. 2007-5111-5113 (Fed. Cir. June 2, 2009), the Federal Circuit, after more than a decade of A-12 litigation, upheld a termination for default, finding that the Government was justifiably insecure about the contract’s timely completion. The Court’s opinion articulates the sustainable rationale for a default termination when … Continue Reading

“There You Go Again” – Does the Fourth Estate Even Try to Get it Right When it Comes to Government Contracts?

The influential inside-the-Beltway newspaper and website Politico "reports" in its May 26th edition that, as the Administration is "following through" on its campaign pledge to cut wasteful Pentagon spending, it is finding that "the price is high." Politico, May 26, 2009 at 14. Well, OK, as a well worn bumper sticker says “Choices have consequences,” … Continue Reading

New Recovery Act Rules Implement Provisions Relating To Government Audit Access, Whistleblower Protections, And Buy American Requirements; Much Confusion Remains

On March 31, 2009, the FAR Councils issued several new interim rules (effective March 31, 2009) implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-5) (also known as ARRA, The Recovery Act, or the Stimulus Act). See Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-32, published at 74 Federal Register 14621-14652. The FAC issued new interim rules on … Continue Reading

FAR Councils Issue Interim Rule For Reporting On Recovery Act Work

Federal contractors that perform work funded, in whole or in part, by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 must report on certain aspects of that work under an interim rule issued by the FAR Councils on March 31, 2009. As currently written, the interim rule provides that recipients of Recovery Act funds must report … Continue Reading

On Their Way: The MAS Advisory Panel Recommendations

With its mission to discuss and recommend changes to the MAS program, including price reductions provisions, most favored customer status, and practices in commercial pricing, the Multiple Award Schedule (“MAS”) Advisory Panel has voted on several recommendations to present to the Administrator of GSA.  The Panel has been meeting since April last year, and currently … Continue Reading

More Buy American Requirements in the 2009 Stimulus Act: Berry Amendment Expanded To Include DHS

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 ("the Act" or "the Stimulus Bill") (P.L. 111-5) (H.R. 1).  We already have discussed some of the provisions of this Act here and here, focusing on the implications of the various audit and Buy American provisions (including … Continue Reading

Free Trade Agreements, “Made In America,” and The 2009 Stimulus Package – Country of Origin Requirements Remain an Elusive Compliance Obligation

On January 15, 2009, the Government issued a final rule adjusting the dollar thresholds at which the Trade Agreements Act ("TAA") applies to U.S. Government procurements.  See 74 Federal Register 2745.  The changes were originally enacted as an interim rule in February 2008 (see 73 Federal Register 10962 and 73 Federal Register 16747; see also … Continue Reading

FAR Councils Issue Final Rule for Human Trafficking

On January 15, 2009, the FAR Councils issued the final rule implementing the provision of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 ("TVPA") 22 U.S.C. § 7104(g).  The final rule is implemented by FAR 52.222-50 entitled “Combatting Trafficking in Persons.”  … Continue Reading

Sheppard Mullin Co-Sponsors Bisnow Event Discussing Federal IT Trends in the Obama Era

On Thursday, January, 22, 2009, Sheppard Mullin co-sponsored a Bisnow event that discussed opportunities for government contractors, particularly those in the Federal IT industry, under the new Administration. Panelists included several government and industry leaders, including: DoD Deputy CIO David Wennergren, Karen Evans (former Administrator of the Office of e-Government and Information Technology at OMB), … Continue Reading

State Bans On Offshore Contracting

Introduction By John W. Chierichella (B.A., Cornell University, 1969) From time to time in this blog, we have reported on developments relating to federal restrictions on the direct or indirect acquisition of offshore resources, with the ever evolving restrictions on the acquisition of specialty metals being a particular bête noire of our contributors.  This month we are … Continue Reading

Comments Submitted On Interim Rules for Enhanced Competition for Task and Delivery Order Contracts

On September 17, 2008, the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council issued interim rules providing for enhanced competition for task and delivery order contracts.  The interim rules essentially mirrored Section 843 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 (the Act), which went into effect on May 27, 2008, and revised … Continue Reading

Enhanced Competition For Task and Delivery Order Contracts

With the enactment of the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA) in 1994, Multiple Award task and delivery order contracts were given a significant boost.  As part of that legislation came an almost ironclad bar to bid protests against the award of individual task or delivery orders.  Disappointed offerors were prohibited from protesting the award of … Continue Reading

New DOD Rule Imposes Contractual Requirement For Contractors To Comply With U.S. Export Laws

Effective July 21, 2008, the U.S. Department of Defense ("DOD") issued an interim rule with a request for comments that creates a contractual obligation for all DOD contractors to comply with U.S. export control laws.  See 73 Federal Register 42274.  While, technically, the interim rule does not impose any new requirement on U.S. businesses, because … Continue Reading

Unanticipated Consequences of the “Contractors and Federal Spending Accountability Act”

On April 23, 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3033, "Contractors and Federal Spending Accountability Act," agreeing by voice vote that GSA would maintain a centralized database of government contractors.  The GSA database would collect information on contract defaults, suspensions, and debarments, as well as "any civil or criminal proceeding, or any administrative … Continue Reading

Praecomm, Inc. v. United States: Managing Expectations in the Context of A “Long-Term” Procurement

The United States Court of Federal Claims recently decided a case that addresses a contractor’s remedy in the event of a government breach of contract and provides a useful reminder regarding managing expectations in the negotiation of contract prices with the government. Praecomm, Inc. v. United States, 78 Fed. Cl. 5 (Aug. 9, 2007).… Continue Reading
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