Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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SBIR DoD Contracts – Protecting Your Company’s Valuable Intellectual Property

Oles Morrison – The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program is designed to facilitate opportunities for small businesses to work with the Federal Government on research and development (R&D) projects.  (Similarly, the Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) facilitates public/private partnerships for R&D.)  These programs are exceptional vehicles for bringing new technology to market. SBIR contracts […]
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GAO Clarifies Timeliness of Preaward Protests Challenging Solicitation Amendments

Crowell & Moring – In Computer World Services Corporation, GAO sustained a protest challenging the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard’s corrective action taken in response to an earlier sustained protest by CWS. In its original protest, CWS successfully challenged a task order award; in response, the agency informed offerors via e-mail that it […]
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GSA Awards First Contracts to Develop an Online Shopping Platform, and the White House...

By Michael Wagner and Evan R. Sherwood of Covington & Burling On Friday, the General Services Administration (“GSA”) announced that it had awarded three contracts to develop online shopping portals for commercially-available off-the-shelf (“COTS”) items.  The awardees are Amazon Business, Fisher Scientific, and Overstock.com. GSA’s awards were made to implement Section 846 of the NDAA […]
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Recovering COVID-19 Costs Where Section 3610 of the CARES Act Does Not Apply

Blank Rome - The financial relief offered to contractors under Section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) is...

All Things Protest: Watch Out for Waiver (June 2020)

Crowell & Moring’s “All Things Protest” podcast keeps you up to date on major trends in bid protest litigation, key developments in high-profile cases, and best practices in state and federal procurement. In this episode, hosts Rob Sneckenberg and Christian Curran are joined by guest Liam O’Reilly to discuss the Federal Circuit’s recent Inserso decision […]
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The Future of IDIQ Contracts

This week on Off the Shelf,  Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, discusses the future of multiple award IDIQ contracts. Allen examines the recent procedural and process driven hiccups and delays in the awarding of major IDIQ contracts and asks if there is a better way. Allen highlights potential alternatives through the use of basic […]
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Government Asserted Claims Arising From Contractor’s “Staggering Fraud,” But Contractor Bore the Burden of...

Government’s claims seeking reimbursement for overcharges are, for the most part, granted. The contractor had a contract to deliver food to troops in Afghanistan....

Watch Your Stipulation! Award Confirmed Despite Arbitrator Exceeding Contractual Scope of Authority

By Jim Archibald, Amandeep S. Kahlon & Luke D. Martin of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings Once parties agree to arbitrate, courts generally defer to the arbitrator’s judgment regarding resolution of a dispute. The prevailing approach in many states is to not set aside an arbitration award unless the arbitrator clearly exceeded his or her authority and […]
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While You Were Social Distancing: GSA’s Progress On Section 846, Schedules Consolidation, And Other...

By Ryan Roberts of Sheppard Mullin and Larry Allen of Allen Federal Partners Just as you’re probably tired of reading COVID-19 articles, we’ve grown tired of writing them.  So, in an effort to party like it’s 2019, we’ve decided to survey the non-COVID-19 initiatives underway at the General Services Administration (“GSA”) while everyone is working […]
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Department of Defense Releases List of Companies Tied to Chinese Military

Wiley Rein – On June 24, 2020, the Department of Defense (DOD) released a list of companies operating in the United States that it has determined to be owned or controlled by China’s People’s Liberation Army. The list, which includes prominent Chinese companies such as Huawei, Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), China Telecom, China […]
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