Terry O’Connor

  • Lawyer says keeping award details confidential beneficial for contractors

    Pricing information in contract bids remains secret, not that contractors don’t sometimes try. Recent Freedom of Information Act decisions have upheld that principle on recompetes.

  • Federal contractors are look to extend ahead of Oct. 1 budget deadline

    Exercising options comes with pretty strict rules. Often the government goofs, and that can be costly.

  • Court upholds financial liability protections for federal workers

    Two recent cases on the matter involved the City of Philadelphia, TSA agents and airline passengers.

  • GAO denies Equifax bid protest involving IRS e-authentication services

    The ruling only addresses the year-long contract, not the most recent short-term bridge contract between Equifax and IRS.

  • Terry O’Connor: Tips for giving, getting good information in debriefs

    The Office of Federal Procurement Policy recently sent a mythbuster memo to contracting officers, encouraging them to up their debriefing game. Terry O’Connor, a partner at the law firm Berenzweig Leonard, shares some tips on giving and receiving good information in debriefs on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Terry O’Connor: Disconnect exists over task order protests

    Companies can no longer protest civilian agency task orders, which is an odd situation given that Congress retained the ability of defense contractors to protest to the Government Accountability Office task orders larger than $10 million. The House would restore things, the Senate would not. Terry O’Connor, director of government contracts at the law firm Berenzweig Leonard, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain what contractors can do.

  • Terry O’Connor: How new rules can impact contract solicitations

    Federal contractors have been coping with a flood of new regulations and executive orders affecting them, their supply chains and their employees. In general, new rules don’t apply to existing contracts, but they can affect solicitations you’ve got in the pipeline. Terry O’Connor, director of government contracts at the law firm Berenzweig Leonard, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more details.

  • Terry O’Connor: Senate bill would change federal grant spending

    The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved a bill that would change the way agencies handle more than $600 billion in yearly grant spending. Terry O’Connor, director of government contracts at the law firm Berenzweig-Leonard, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin what the Grant Reform and New Transparency Act would do.

  • Terry O’Connor: Separating fact from falsehoods in government contracting

    A lack of understanding doesn’t prevent phony stories from getting halfway around the world. Attorney Terry O’Connor, director of Government Contracts at Berenzweig Leonard, shares a couple of contracting whoppers on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Terry O’Connor: Contractor questions arise over equitable adjustment

    Even after responding to a request for proposals, negotiating and winning a contract, things change. Sometimes contractors and the government need to make what the regulations call “equitable adjustments.” Where it gets sticky is just how much profit a contractor can make on an equitable adjustment. Berenzweig Leonard’s attorney Terry O’Connor has studied the fine print. He joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with some surprising findings.