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Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama recently held that the government cannot continue the suspension of a government contractor where the government does not initiate legal proceedings against the contractor within 18 months. In Agility Defense…

Monday, January 7th, 2013

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released its annual report to Congress detailing its bid protest statistics for the 2012 fiscal year.  As has been the case in recent years, protests filed at GAO continue to rise.  Protestors filed 2,475 cases in…

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Doctors will not see a 26.5% cut in Medicare payments this year. The fiscal cliff deal passed by Congress includes a one-year delay on planned cuts in Medicare payments to physicians. But, the fix is not free. Hospitals will be…

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

A recent GAO decision highlights the requirement that protesters identify “hard facts” when alleging the existence of organizational conflicts of interest. The case of North Wind, Inc., B-404880, B-404880.7, November 5, 2012, 2012 CPD ¶ 314, returned to GAO after it had previously…

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

In 2011, the Senate passed the Small Business Contracting Fraud Prevention Act in response to widespread concerns on potential fraud in the government contracting industry by companies falsely claiming to be service-disabled veteran owned small businesses (SDVOSBs).  This bill would require businesses to be certified as…

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Government Contractors creating Joint Ventures has steadily increased in popularity over the last few years.  The exact reasons vary:  need for greater capability in the prime entity, local registration requirements for DCS in foreign jurisdictions, pursuit of set-aside contracts under…

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

If your business is awarded a government contract with the General Services Administration (“GSA”) or the Department of Defense (“DOD”), it needs to understand the tightened cybersecurity regulations recently introduced by both agencies.  Both of these regulations will require that…

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Every year, the United States government sets aside a substantial amount of money to fund contracts for which only “small” businesses can compete.  Whether a business is considered “small” for purposes of competing on a given contract depends on the…

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services has released some much-anticipated rules of the road that will help implement the Affordable Care Act, including requirements on essential health benefits and preventing discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions. The first rule makes clear…

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Imagine you are working on a federal government contract.  The Government is happy with your work.  You have received excellent performance ratings and high award fees.  Your employees may have even received commendations for their efforts in supporting the Government’s…