The Defense Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released memos late last week outlining how contractor officers can implement a provision of the stimulus spending bill to pay contractors if they can’t work because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Defense Department raised its threshold for 8(a) sole source contracts to $100 million as required by the 2020 Defense authorization bill. While not related to coronavirus outbreak, the timing is important.
Holland and Knight partner and procurement attorney Eric Crucius joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in the studio to discuss what it’s all about.
Federal procurement lawyers say the first quarter of the federal fiscal year tends to be among the busiest times of the year as contractors challenge awards and solicitations that came during the previous fourth quarter.
GAO and the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee released annual reports highlighting continued decreases in bid protests, by 16%, and in the number of companies suspended or debarred.
Eric Crusius, a partner with Holland & Knight, details a proposal to ensure employees of contractors are paid following a government shutdown.
The federal acquisition system might be complicated and slow, but it’s not immune to change. In fact, Congress and its own practitioners are constantly tinkering with it.
The Government Accountability Office said it received more than 2,600 protests in fiscal 2018, which was less than a 1 percent increase over 2017.
The White House is considering two executive orders and lawmakers are adding provisions to bills trying to limit agency exposure to Chinese made technology.
The question of whether former VA Secretary David Shulkin was fired or resigned matters because of ambiguity in the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998.