A recent case from the Court of Federal Claims provides us with a useful summary of several legal principles applicable to constructive changes and cardinal changes. The case arose out of a contract to supply mail processing machines to the U.S. Postal Service. In Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation v United States, 12-286C (October 31, 2018),… Continue Reading
A recent decision by the Court of Federal Claims underscores the need to provide notice of potential claims as well as the effects of exculpatory language limiting the ability to rely upon information provided by the government. In CKY Inc. v. U.S., No. 16-948 C, 2018 WL 4956963 (Fed. Cl. Oct. 12, 2018), the Court… Continue Reading
One of the most common, and challenging, arguments made in a post-award bid protest is that the contracting officer’s evaluation was arbitrary and capricious. The challenge with this argument is overcoming the substantial deference that the GAO and Courts grant to a contracting officer’s judgment. Because of this deference, it can be difficult to establish… Continue Reading
A recent decision by the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals rejected the Government’s attempt to stay an appeal seeking recovery for delay damages “until the project is complete.” In CTA I, LLC v. Department of Veterans Affairs (March 9, 2018), the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals denied the Government’s motion to stay the appeal.
The… Continue Reading
As the following decision demonstrates, careful recordkeeping can be critical to avoid forfeiting a claim upon the completion of a project with the government. Appeal of Merrick Construction, LLC, ASBCA No. 60906 (March 22, 2018). In Merrick, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (“ASBCA”) found that a contractor forfeited a claim against the Army… Continue Reading
In December 2017, the Court of Federal Claims ruled in favor of protestor Precision Asset Management Corp. after finding the agency failed to inform Precision that the agency assessed Precision’s “Neutral” past performance rating negatively.
In 2014, Precision submitted its proposal for a Department of Housing and Urban Development property management contract. After the agency… Continue Reading
A recent decision by the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals reminds us that all findings of fact made by a court are not created equal, at least insofar as they are applied in a subsequent proceeding. In VSE Corporation v Department of Justice (December 8, 2017) the CBCA had occasion to address how findings of… Continue Reading
In late December, the Court of Federal Claims upheld an SBA decision revoking a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business’ (“SDVOSB”) status on the basis the business failed in the unconditional ownership requirement set forth in the SBA’s SDVOSB regulations. In Veterans Contracting Group, Inc. v. United Sates, No. 17-1188C, the SDVOSB was determined not… Continue Reading
Last month, we discussed Agility Defense & Government Services, Inc. v. United States, No. 13-55C, 13-97C (consolidated) (Fed. Cl.) (October 18, 1997), in which the Court of Federal Claims held that a contractor was entitled to an adjustment of its contract price as a result of the Government’s negligent estimated quantities. On December 13, 2017,… Continue Reading
A recent decision by the United States Court of Federal Claims reminds us how important the Government’s estimated quantities are, even in a fixed price contract. In Agility Defense & Government Services, Inc. v United States (October 18, 2017), the Court of Federal Claims awarded Agility $6,906,339.20, plus interest, representing the cost of additional, unanticipated… Continue Reading