On December 21, 2018, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) released its False Claims Act (FCA) recovery results for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018. It was another strong year for FCA judgments and settlements for the DOJ, which recovered over $2.8 billion from civil cases involving false claims and other related fraud. There were 767 new FCA matters initiated in FY 2018, a decrease of fifty-eight from FY 2017. Continue reading False Claims Act Recoveries in FY 2018: A Quantitative Review
On February 7, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its Report to Congressional Committees on Contractor Business Systems (CBS), DOD Needs Better Information to Monitor and Assess Review Process (GAO-19-212). Continue reading GAO Report on Contractor Business Systems
The partial government shutdown began at midnight on December 21, 2018. As the shutdown entered its twentieth-fourth day, many government contractors were rightfully concerned about the status of negotiations between Congress and the president, the length of the shutdown, and its impact on their current and future contracts. As for the status of White House/Capitol Hill negotiations and the likely length of the shutdown, it is hard to say. Continue reading Government Shutdown: Day 24
The US Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) released its FY 2018 Annual Report in December 2018. Significant developments in FY 2018 included the institution of new board procedural rules, the transition to all-electronic files from a combination of electronic filings and paper file-based systems, and the addition of Disaster Disputes stemming from damages caused by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Gustav.
From a case-load perspective, the number of cases filed at the CBCA ticked up to 409 in FY 2018 from 385 in FY 2017. The number of CBCA cases appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit also increased 69 percent in 2018 to twenty-seven from sixteen in 2017. Continue reading Civilian Board of Contract Appeals’ 2018 Annual Report – A Review and Quantitative Snapshot
The Pentagon has stated for some time the need for increased innovation, speed, and affordability in defense systems acquisition. The Pentagon, via the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, now has added additional clarification by issuing a new Other Transactions (OT) Guide. Continue reading Pentagon Has Issued New “Other Transactions Guide”
On November 27, 2018, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published its annual report on bid protest statistics. The report, which is mandated by the Competition in Contracting Act, lists the GAO’s key statistics for Fiscal Year 2018 bid protest activity. Continue reading Government Accountability Office Published Annual Report on Bid Protest Statistics
The US General Services Administration (GSA) announced on November 27, 2018, that it is consolidating the twenty-four separate Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) into one single schedule for products and services. As a way to modernize federal acquisition, the GSA stated that consolidating into a single schedule will make it easier and more efficient to do business with federal, state, and local governments. Continue reading GSA Announces Transformation of Multiple Awards Schedules