DoD Small Business Innovation Research Contractors’ Data Rights Protections Extended to 20 Years, Government...
Wilson Sonsini – Recipients of U.S. Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants agree to give the U.S. government rights to non-commercial computer software and “technical data” (e.g., recorded information other than software) generated under the SBIR contract. Previously, the U.S. government’s rights to use the generated software and technical data were quite limited, but […]
Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel – By now, many contractors are familiar with Department of Defense (DoD) Enhanced Debriefings. For those of you who followed along with our series on common bid protest mistakes, you might even remember that these enhanced debriefings can affect protest filing deadlines. Though the DoD deviation pertaining to enhanced debriefings has […]
McCarter & English – Although many of us have canceled vacations during this (unusual) year, summer is nevertheless upon us. While we wholeheartedly recommend firing up the grill and enjoying the sunshine in the coming months, companies planning to enter into joint venture (JV) agreements to compete for Government contracts should first make sure that […]
Wiley Rein – In a split decision, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit) ruled that a disappointed offeror waived its right to claim that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) treated offerors unequally in the small business round of the $17.5 billion Encore III procurement. Although the […]
Crowell & Moring – Section 889(a)(1)(B) of the FY 2019 NDAA, scheduled to become effective on August 13, 2020, bars the Government from entering into a contract, or extending or renewing a contract, with any entity that uses certain covered telecommunications equipment or services. The prohibition against “use” of covered equipment applies broadly to a […]
By Frederic Levy, Peter B. Hutt II and Evan R. Sherwood of Covington & Burling Late last year, a spokesman for the Department of Defense announced without fanfare that the agency would increase audits of certified cost or pricing data under the Truth in Negotiations Act (“TINA”). While the full effect of that enhanced focus […]
Abrahams Wolf-Rodda – Years ago, a relative who owned a successful tech company told me that he’d never bid on a government contract because it’s too much of a pain. I agreed that serving the Government has its complexities; however, I pointed out that the Government usually pays its bills and its work generally doesn’t […]
Miles & Stockbridge - With the onset of COVID-19, there is increased attention on force majeure clauses – what they are, when they can...
Koprince Law – A GAO protest can rest on a number of different grounds. One of the most fertile, however, is disparate treatment. That is, GAO is particularly sensitive to arguments that a procuring agency wasn’t even-handed in evaluating the same features or omissions in competing proposals. Read the full post at SmallGovCon
Crowell & Moring – This week’s episode covers COVID-19 guidance and enforcement, DoD OIG, and FAR news and is hosted by partner Peter Eyre and counsel Yuan Zhou. Crowell & Moring’s “Fastest 5 Minutes” is a biweekly podcast that provides a brief summary of significant government contracts legal and regulatory developments that no government contracts […]