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The Lawfare Podcast: What’s Going on in Afghanistan?

Bryce Klehm sat down with Vanda Felbab-Brown, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Lawfare senior editor Scott R. Anderson, to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan. They covered a range of issues, including the Taliban government’s formation since the U.S. withdrawal, the current humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and the international community’s response. More […]
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Is Category Management Hurting Small Businesses?

Small business owners testified on Capitol Hill about getting squeezed by category management and contract bundling initiatives. More at Federal Computer Week
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“Admit that Mistakes Were Made”: Government Not Required to Respond to Vague, Passively-Phrased Requests...

Contractor’s motion to compel government to respond to discovery requests is granted in part and denied in part. The government objected to the contractor’s...

ASBCA Rejects Change Claim Based on Non-Existent Distinction Between Conduits and Ducts; Appeal of...

Appeal alleging constructive change is denied. The contractor claimed the government changed the contract by requiring the installation of electrical wiring in concrete. The contractor alleged that the contract only stated that the wiring had to be in conduits. Under the contractor’s reading of the contract, only ducts, not conduits, had be installed in concrete. […]
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COFC Finds Awardee Waited Too Long to Intervene in Protest; SAGAM Securite Senegal v....

Awardee’s motion to intervene in protest is denied. The protester filed suit alleging the government erred in cancelling a solicitation. The court sustained the protest, ordering the agency to disqualify the awardee due to PIA violation and to make award to the protester. After the government appealed the protest decision, the awardee moved to intervene […]
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Vaccine Mandates and Small Business Contractors

Schoonover & Moriarty – As I’ve thought about the new COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors, and as I’ve discussed it with clients, it seems to me that the new requirements will be hard on small business federal contractors–even if it is a good step towards mitigating the pandemic. In this post, I wanted to discuss […]
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Preparing for Post-Award Debriefings

Wiley – In this episode, John Prairie and Cara Lasley discuss what you need to know about post-award debriefings. Following the end of the fiscal year, companies will likely see an uptick in post-award debriefings. John and Cara discuss all things debriefing: when a debriefing is required, what to expect from a debriefing, and strategies […]
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Overview of Prior Guidance for PPP Loans

Morrison & Foerster – The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) began with rushed legislation and a race for financial support in the middle of a pandemic. This race was hardly a straight line as the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury scrambled to build the program in flight, issuing a series […]
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House-Passed 2022 NDAA Raises Small Business Goal to 25% and Increases SDVOSB, HUBZone, SDB...

Koprince McCall Pottroff – The version of the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act passed by the House of Representatives on September 23 would increase the government’s small business prime contracting goal from 23% to 25%. The House-passed version of the 2022 NDAA would also increase the prime contracting goals for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, HUBZone small […]
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COVID Vaccine Mandates for Contractors: New Guidance

Nichols Liu – In our September 17, 2021 Insight, Mandates Are Coming, we highlighted President Biden’s Executive Order 14042 (“EO”) that requires federal contractors to implement a host of COVID-19 safeguards in connection with federal government contracts or contract-like instruments. As required by the EO, on September 24, 2021 the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force released guidance […]
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