Category Archives: Regulatory Updates

Government Contracts Bid Protests: A Practical Guide in Light of Recent Developments

Mary Karen Wills will take part in a webinar on June 26 to discuss topics including:

  • Bid protests: An in-depth analysis of rules and regulations
  • Notable trends and developments
  • Compliance issues and best practices
  • What lies ahead

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DOJ Announces Formal Guidance in Justice Manual for Considering Disclosure and Cooperation by Contractors on False Claims Act Matters

On May 7, 2019, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced new guidelines for awarding credit to contractors or individuals who voluntarily disclose False Claims Act (FCA)−related misconduct, actively cooperate with the DOJ on FCA investigations, or take effective remedial measures to mitigate or rectify FCA-related misconduct. Continue reading DOJ Announces Formal Guidance in Justice Manual for Considering Disclosure and Cooperation by Contractors on False Claims Act Matters

Civilian Board of Contract Appeals’ 2018 Annual Report – A Review and Quantitative Snapshot

The US Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA)[1] released its FY 2018 Annual Report in December 2018.[2] 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

GSA Announces Transformation of Multiple Awards Schedules

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

DHS OIG Highlights: DHS Needs to Strengthen Its Suspension and Debarment Program

The January 25 report from the US Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General contains four recommendations aimed to improve oversight and accountability for the Suspension and Debarment Program.  Continue reading DHS OIG Highlights: DHS Needs to Strengthen Its Suspension and Debarment Program

Congress Approves NDIA 2018

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 bill authorizes appropriations and sets forth policies for Department of Defense (DOD) programs and activities, including military personnel strengths. It does not provide budget authority, which is provided in subsequent appropriations legislation. Continue reading Congress Approves NDIA 2018

Recent CRA Resolution of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulation

March 7—Last night, the Senate passed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution disapproving of the August 25, 2016, final “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Federal Acquisition Regulation, often referred to as the “blacklisting” regulation. Continue reading Recent CRA Resolution of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulation