Legal Updates

Court of Federal Claims Examines Conflicts of Interest for Former Government Employee as well as the Procurement Integrity Act

By: Christine V. Williams on 09/24/2017

Outlook Law, LLC September 25, 2017 Christine V. Williams Harkcon v. U.S. and Metris, LLC (COFC No. 17-508C, August 2017) -Court of Federal Claim Decides Bid Protest on Organizational Conflict of Interest In August, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims released a case in which it decided a post award bid protest that examined an organizational conflict of interest (OCI).  In reaching its...

Unintended but Intended Size Protest?

By: Christine V. Williams on 09/21/2017

In Size Appeal of Sea Box, Inc., SIZ-5846 (August 2017), a disappointed contractor wrote a letter to the contracting officer alleging the successful awardee was other than small.  In response, the contracting officer forwarded the letter on as a size protest to the Area Office.  The Area Office dismissed the protest for lack of standing but initiated its own inquiry. The disappointed...

HUBZone Maps Reflect 2017 Data

By: Christine V. Williams on 09/21/2017

According to the SBA, the Qualified Non-metropolitan County (QNMC) unemployment data was released at the beginning of August. The HUBZone interactive map has now been updated with the new data and reflects the most current census tract and county statuses. In addition, SBA has analyzed the Presidential Major Disaster Declarations in response to Hurricane Harvey and has applied the Qualified...

SBA Aims to Reduce Regulations: Comments Due October 2017

By: Christine V. Williams on 08/29/2017

The Small Business Administration is seeking input from the public on identifying which of the Agency’s regulations should be repealed, replaced or modified because they are obsolete, unnecessary, ineffective, or burdensome. This process of evaluating and identifying such regulations comports with the mandate in various Executive Orders to reduce the number and costs of the regulations that...

Protest Examines Appropriate Forum for Size Protests as well as Potential Personal Conflict of Interest for Evaluator

By: Christine V. Williams on 08/28/2017

By Christine V. Williams Outlook Law, LLC August 28, 2017   Protest of Archimania, B-414653, (August 2017), reiterates appropriate forum for size protests and examines personal conflict of interest for an evaluator of the proposal at issue. In the case of Archimania, a size protest was brought against Duvall Decker Architect ("Duvall"), a small business located in Mound...

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals allows Attorneys’ Fees Against the Government in a False Claims Act Case because (i) the Government’s demand was Substantially in Excess of the Award Obtained by the Judgment, and (ii) the Government’s Ultimate Award was Unreasonable Compared to that of the Judgment.

By: Christine V. Williams on 08/21/2017

Link to Outlook Law's Synopsis: United States ex rel. Wall v. Circle C Constr Link to Decision: Sixth Circuit FCA

Mentor Protege Annual Reports to the SBA

By: Christine V. Williams on 08/20/2017

As the All Small Mentor Protégé Program has really begun to take off, it is important to recall that there are reporting requirements that accompany that program.  In particular, mentors and protégés are required to fill out the annual reports within 30 days of their anniversary of acceptance into the program.  While the regulations seem to dictate what is required by those reports, the...

Past Performance Can Still Be Rated Very Good on CPARs Despite Some Not so Great Interim Reports

By: Christine V. Williams on 08/14/2017

In a protest in front of the GAO, Matter of: Mark Dunning Industries, Inc., File: B-413321.4 Date: July 26, 2017, the agency (the Navy)  reasonably evaluated awardee’s past performance as acceptable notwithstanding some number of allegedly negative interim contract administration reports where the agency considered the contractor performance assessment reports (CPARs) for the contract, which...

ASBCA Decides Case on Small Business Subcontracting Plan Participation for Excluded Entity

By: Christine V. Williams on 08/13/2017

The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (“ASBCA”) decided a case recently on how to calculate small business participation when the Navy allowed, through a modification, the exclusion of one facility in that calculation for the small business subcontracting plan.  The case, BAE Systems Southeast Shipyard Mayport LLC, ASBCA No. 59876 (July 2017) visited the question on when the agency...

Senate Small Business Committee Approved Six Bipartisan Bills Before Heading to Recess

By: Christine V. Williams on 08/07/2017

Before heading to recess, on August 2, 2017, the Senate Small Business Committee (SSBC) approved six bipartisan bills unanimously.  Now it passes out of the SSBC. Support Small Business R&D – S. 650 Until recently federal R&D tax credit could only be used to offset a company’s income tax liability Many start-ups are not yet profitable and have no tax liability, so it was...