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ASBCA Rejects Government’s Attempt to Dismiss Pre-Novation Claim by Successor-In-Interest

Novations are not uncommon in Government contracting. FAR Subpart 42.12 contains standard novation language, in which the Government recognizes in part: “The Transferee by this Agreement becomes entitled to all rights, titles, and interests of the Transferor in and to the contracts as if the Transferee were the original party to the contracts.” Government contractors […]

Board Allows Government to Add Powerful “Unclean Hands” Affirmative Defense on Eve of Hearing

Last month, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals allowed the Government to amend its answer to add an “unclean hands” affirmative defense, a mere two months before the scheduled hearing date. Raytheon appealed from a Contracting Officer’s Final Decision denying its $48,195,191 claim for extra Systems Engineering and Program Management (SEPM) services under the […]

OHA Confirms Competitors Cannot Protest 8(a) Sole Source Awards

In a decision issued on April 3, 2018, the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals (“OHA”) confirmed competitors do not have standing to file size protests relating to 8(a) sole source awards. In Size Appeal of GovSmart, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-5894, 2018, OHA stated such protests may only be filed by contracting officers or the […]

VA Obtains $685 Million for Construction and Renovation Projects

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has set aside $685 million in congressional funding for several State Veterans Home construction projects. The projects will be funded through the VA State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program and will be used for repairs, renovation, or new construction. This is the largest appropriation to the grant program in […]

General Release Cuts Off Subcontractor Pass-Through Claim

Last month, the Court of Federal Claims issued a decision reaffirming the importance of considering carefully subcontract release and waiver language in Government procurement. MW Builders, Inc. v. United States involved a subcontract between MW Builders, Inc., the prime contractor, and Bergelectric, a subcontractor, in which Bergelectric agreed to provide a complete electrical system in […]

Government Contractor May Proceed With Delay Claim Notwithstanding Incomplete Project

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 […]

Feds Charge Alleged Sham Small Businesses Owners

On April 3, 2018, a federal grand jury indicted two Wisconsin residents and a construction business of fraud and other charges accusing them of wrongfully obtaining $200 million in contracts set aside for small businesses by misrepresenting the companies’ ownership status. Brian Ganos and Mark Spindler are accused of falsely certifying businesses owned and controlled […]

Contractor’s Inferior Knowledge and Mistakes Are No Excuse for Avoiding the Preclusive Effect of a Contractual Release

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 […]

DoD Announces Enhanced Debriefing (and Extension to Deadline for Securing CICA Stay)

The traditional debriefing process, by which unsuccessful offerors can obtain information on the basis of the Government’s selection and contract award, was just improved to the benefit of contractors. Under the revised debriefing process, contractors will now have the opportunity to submit written questions and receive written responses from the procuring agency. Only after receipt […]

2017 Government Contracts Year in Review

Last week, Kate Kennedy and I presented a 1-hour webinar to the members of the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition titled “2017 Government Contracts Year in Review and Regulatory Update.” This was a fast-paced, high level review of topics such as the current Administration’s regulatory reform agenda, cybersecurity, the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, bid protest […]
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