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A Bad Day for Competition

GSA has IDIQ contracts for telecommunication services with Quest, Verizon and AT&T.  The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) needs hosting services.  DHS issues an RFQ to the three contract holders.  The RFQ says: 1) award of the task order will go to the lowest priced technically acceptable offeror; and 2) a $13.8 million upward adjustment […]

Two Wrongs Make a Right…

At least that seems to be the case in a recent dispute between Kellogg Brown & Root (“KBR”) and its subcontractor Tamimi Global Company Limited (“TGC”).  KBR holds a contract with the U.S. to provide dining services for military personnel in Iraq.  The U.S. Government withheld payment under KBR’s contract. KBR, in turn, withheld roughly […]

Security clearances and discrimination

Discrimination in employment decisions is bad.  But refusing to hire or promote someone who lacks job qualifications is permitted.  In particular, Federal law (42 U.S.C. 2000e-2(g)) expressly permits employers to fire an employee from, or to refuse to hire an applicant for, a job requiring a security clearance if the employee does not have a […]