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GAO recognizes that protest attorneys can add value

After spending a significant amount of money on preparing a proposal, a disappointed bidder may sometimes think twice about spending still more money on protest attorneys. However, a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision denying a protest reminds contractors that, if it’s worth protesting, it may be worth the extra cost of having a knowledgeable […]

“Spoofing” Almost Crashed the Stock Market, But Is It Fraud?

May 6, 2010 was a bad day on Wall Street.  Concern over the European debt crisis — fueled by news of violent anti-austerity protests in Greece the day before  — pushed the S&P down 4% soon after opening. But things soon got even worse, turning May 6, 2010 into “one of the scariest days in […]

Intervene in legal actions or risk being shut out

Contractors don’t always realize that they have the right to intervene in lawsuits and administrative proceedings brought by their competitors and that the failure to intervene could mean losing one’s rights. A recent case in point is the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Palladian Partners, Inc. v. United […]

Service Contract Act Price Adjustments 101

A decision of the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) last month reminds contracting officers and contractors alike that the proper method for calculating a contract price adjustment under FAR 52.222-43, the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) / Service Contract Act (SCA) Price Adjustment clause, is the change in the contractor’s cost of compliance […]