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KBR wins a court case seeking payment for providing security for its convoys in Iraq.

​July 10, 2014

Did the contractor overcharge the Government for subcontract labor under a GSA schedule contract?  A case drags on.  June 26, 2014

An important appellate decision deals with the Government's duty of good faith and fair dealing in contracts.  ​Metcalf Constr. Co. v. United States. June 12, 2014

Latest trends in debarment and suspension are discussed.  May 28, 2014

DoD final rule dealing with avoidance of counterfeit parts.  May 15, 2014

​Joe Petrillo discusses a case that addresses environmental liabilities for activities that go back to World War II.  April 17, 2014

OMB issues a rule pushing back against software licensing agreements including "click to accept" ones.  April 3, 2014 

New Labor Department regulations on affirmative action programs are discussed.

​March 20, 2014

DoD lists 469 statutes that throttle their acquisitions. Joe Petrillo breaks this down.

March 6, 2014

SBA adds new rules for "umbrella" contract vehicles like GSA's Multiple Award Schedule.  

Feb. 20, 2014 

DoD adds a regulation and contract clause on supply chain risk from IT malware to its program addressing counterfeit electronic parts. Feb. 6, 2014. 

GAO upholds a protest arising out of the split of SAIC into two companies. Jan. 23, 2014.

GAO gets "into the weeds" in a protest brought by Raytheon.  Jan. 9, 2014.

False Claims Act case by the Federal Circuit on a KBR claim affected by kickbacks in Iraq.  Dec. 12, 2013.

Rules for contractors to recover costs during the Government shudown.  Nov. 14, 2013.

How the Government shutdown affects Federal contractors.  Oct. 1, 2013.

GAO upholds a protest against a procurement on a brand-name-or-equal basis. Sept. 3, 2013.

BP goes to court to lift a debarment by EPA due to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  Aug. 20, 2013.

More about revisions to the SBA regulations to implement the Small Business Act of 2010.  July 23, 2013

SBA revises its regulations to implement the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. July 9, 2013. 

This unusual GAO bid protest ruling held that an agency improperly removed an offeror from the competitive range. June 25, 2013

The GSA Inspector General thinks that managers are interfering with the administration of some schedule contracts, but there may be another side to the story.   June 11, 2013.

Lessons learned from a successful GAO protest of a $23 billion DOE contract.  May 28, 2013.

GAO upholds the protest of a procurement where the agency promised to award two contracts, but only awarded one.  May 14, 2013.

GSA's IG issues a report criticizing the pricing of several services contracts.  April 30, 2013.

Joe Petrillo discusses the second stage of OFPP's Mythbusters campaign: encouraging industry to communicate frankly with the Government.  April 16, 2013.

Small business program rules will be changed by the National Defense Authorization Act.  April 2, 2013.

A DoD Inspector General report issues a scathing report on the Defense Contract Audit Agency. Mar 19, 2013.

Joe Petrillo discusses how sequestration will affect contractors.  Mar. 5, 2013.

Efforts to cure abuses with the contracting preference for Alaska Native Corporations,  Feb. 19. 2013

A Supreme Court case holds that the U.S. Government must pay for its properly-incurred contract debts, even if Congress fails to appropriate sufficient money.  Feb. 5, 2013.

Procurement provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act are discussed.  Jan. 22, 2013.

GSA lost a bid protest to for telephone services since its solicitation departed too far from commercial practices.  Dec. 18, 2012.

Joe Petrillo discusses a court ruling and GAO decision about service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.  Dec. 4, 2012 

Why GAO protests are increasing and what it means for the acquisition system.  Nov. 20, 2012.

Corrective action in a GAO protest: can an unsatisfied offeror take its case to court?  Oct. 23, 2012.

An SBA Inspector General's report charges that an Alaska Native Corporation passed over 90% of its set-aside contract to a large business.  Oct. 9, 2012.

Past performance has proved difficult to evaluate. Here's what the FAR Council proposes to improve the process.  Sept. 25, 2012.

New rules on hiring the incumbent's workforce are discussed.  Sept. 11, 2012.

A case that's been pending since 1995 affects how the 8(a) program can be used to acquire training and simulation -- and may have broader implications.  Aug. 28, 2012.

Is debarment the proper penalty for a violation of the Arms Export Control Act?  Aug. 14, 2012.

What rules apply when the Government terminates a commercial item contract for convenience?  July 3, 2012.

Joe Petrillo discusses an academic study of bid protests.  June 19, 2012.

A decision by the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals upholds lease terms in a contract, including cancellation charges.  June 6, 2012.

Court finds apparent political influence in a Virgin Islands contract award.  April 24, 2012

Some of the effects of FY2013 budget cutbacks.  April 10, 2012

Discussion of new contracting rules on cost-reimbursement contracts, woman-owned businesses and competition.  March 8, 2012.

Brand name specifications; interagency contracts, and T&M and labor-hour contracts.  Jan. 3 2012.