Friday, January 22, 2021

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Common Issues in Government Procurement and Contracting

Jackson Walker – When it comes to government contracts and procurement issues, even the savviest of businesses can need help navigating the applicable laws and the often-complicated regulations. From the initial request for proposal (RFP) process to the winning or losing of those bids, and all the way through the performance of the government contract, […]
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The Government Contracts Legal Round-Up | Episode 4

Jenner & Block – In this episode, Partners Marc A. Van Allen and  David B. Robbins examine the new, and controversial, “Divisive Concepts” executive order prohibiting workplace training materials “teaching that men and members of certain races, as well as our most vulnerable institutions, are inherently sexist and racist.” The hosts also discuss recent case law updates […]
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GSA Has New Innovative Acquisition Vehicle on the Horizon

The General Services Administration has gone underwater with a reworked small business acquisition vehicle. Dubbed Polaris, the proposed vehicle is a replacement for the failed Alliant SB-2. Now, don’t get too excited. The draft request for proposals won’t be out for months. But GSA is promising a lot of innovation in this vehicle. For more, Federal […]
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How Federal Contractors Can Comply with the White House’s New Order on Race Training

The controversial White House directive banning what the Trump administration thinks is divisive diversity training – it applies to federal contractors, too, adding to a heap of concerns that cloud the new fiscal year. For one take, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to the President and CEO of the Professional Services Council David Berteau. […]
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Fastest 5 Minutes: Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping (September 28)

Crowell & Moring – This week’s episode discusses President Trump’s September 22 “Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping,” and is hosted by partners Peter Eyre and Trina Fairley Barlow. Crowell & Moring’s “Fastest 5 Minutes” is a biweekly podcast that provides a brief summary of significant government contracts legal and regulatory developments that […]
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How the U.S. Can Further Human Rights Through Procurement

The United States spends over $500 billion annually on contracting on things as mundane as uniforms to things as complex as weapons systems. While many of these contracted goods are manufactured within human rights laws and within the bounds of labor laws, reports of human rights abuses at firms with federal contracts come up often. […]
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Did the Government Actually Reach Its Annual Small Business Contracting Goals?

They say no good deed goes unpunished, or at least unchallenged. Now reports are surfacing that maybe the government did not reach its annual small business contracting goals, as the Small Business Administration has boasted. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, wonders why we’re still questioning data from the Federal […]
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The Government Contracts Legal Round-Up | Episode 3

Jenner & Block – In this episode, Partner Marc A. Van Allen and Special Counsel Carla J. Weiss examine an upcoming interim rule on certain Chinese telecommunication companies that will become effective next month. They also share developments about Section 3610 reimbursements offered by the CARES Act, as well as discuss the Peraton Inc. bid protest decision […]
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All Things Protest: Not So Fast – Limitations to Removing Requirements from SBA’s 8(a)...

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 Christian Curran and Olivia Lynch discuss a recent GAO decision that found an agency improperly removed a requirement from […]
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8(a) Contractor Overturns Bitterly Contested State Department Contract

If at first you don’t succeed, protest, protest again. That’s the twist on the old rhyme one 8(a) contractor used to overturn a bitterly contested contract from the State Department. For lessons learned from a nasty case, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to D.C. procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell.
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