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Proposed DoD Rule on Protection of Unclassified Technical Data Would “Disqualify” Contractors with Export...

The Department of Defense recently issued a proposed rule that would amend the DFARS to establish policy, assign responsibilities, and prescribe procedures for the dissemination and withholding of certain unclassified technical data and technology subject to the ITAR and EAR. Although DoD states this rule does not modify or supplant the ITAR or the EAR, […]
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The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin at Odds Over Price of Latest F-35 Contract

The Department of Defense has leveraged a provision allowing it to unilaterally execute a contract for the next planned purchase of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, and set the price at its last offer. The Pentagon took this action after it was unable to reach agreement with Lockheed Martin on the contract. On Wednesday, the F-35 […]
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Iran on Your Mind? The FAR Should Be, Too.

As the U.S. and EU scale back economic sanctions on Iran, companies considering doing business with the country should consider some potential challenges, particularly those also doing business with the federal government. Until federal regulations are updated, contractors are apparently required to certify their compliance with some sanctions that have been lifted.   More at […]
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Hudson County Contractor Gets Over A Year In Prison For Paying Bribes To Bayonne...

A Bayonne, New Jersey, man was sentenced to 15 months in prison for paying $65,000 in bribes to a Bayonne public official in return for the public official’s assistance in securing projects funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. More at DOJ
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Inquiry into Contractor’s Deliquency Not Evidence of Agency’s Forebearance of Late Delivery; ASBCA No....

Motion for summary judgment is denied where appellant failed to demonstrate that the agency declined to terminate its contract within a reasonable time after the agreed-upon delivery date and did not have knowledge the contractor continued to perform the requirement, and therefore had waived its contractual right to terminate its contract for default. DCX-CHOL Enterprises […]
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Northern Virginia Chamber, PSC Announce 2016 Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards Winners

The Professional Services Council and Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce have announced the winners of the 14th Annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards. In addition, Donna Morea, former President of CGI Technologies and Solutions, was honored as the first woman to be inducted into the Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards Hall of Fame for her extraordinary contributions […]
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House Committee Approves Bill Allowing Congress to Block Regulations In Final Year of Administration

The House Judiciary Committee recently approved the “Midnight Rules Relief Act,” which would allow Congress to disapprove multiple regulations adopted in the final year of a presidential administration with a single vote. Supports of the legislation say it will give lawmakers the chance to undo regulations that were rushed through during the closing days of […]
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GAO: No “Public Posting” Of Solicitation In Closed Government Office

In a recent decision, the Government Accountability Office affirmed the principle that agencies must take steps to ensure maximum competition, even when the dollar value of a simplified acquisition is below the threshold for posting the requirement on FedBizOpps. In this case, the agency placed the solicitation in a binder at the reception desk of […]
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DoD’s Proposed Rule Change to Weighted Guidelines May Lead to Lower Fee Scores on...

A recent proposed rule would amend the DFARS to provide a more transparent means of documenting the impact of costs incurred during the undefinitized period of an undefinitized contract action on allowable profit. In essence, the Department of Defense wants to separate the cost incurred during the undefinitized period from the projected costs to completion. […]
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Should I File a Claim or an REA on my Government Contract?

Contractors owed additional time or money under a federal contract must decide whether filing a claim or requesting an equitable adjustment is the right method for pursuing their costs. There are pros and cons to both approaches and the circumstances—and therefore the right answer—with change from contract to contract, but making the right decision could […]
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