New rule clarifies strict interpretation of prohibition on charging workers recruitment fees (FAR 52.222-50).
Although FAR 52.222-50 (Combating Trafficking in Persons) has for years barred federal contractors and their subcontractors from charging employees or potential employees “recruitment fees”, the outer limits of what might constitute a “recruitment fee” has been the subject of much debate within industry. That debate is now over in light of a recent rule interpretation that took...Read More
I’m a small business considering a bid protest. Should I file, and if so, where?
A glance at some relevant data may provide some initial orientation to the landscape. The congressionally mandated FY18 RAND Corporation study on bid protests of DoD procurements found that less than 0.3 % of contracts are actually protested. Of the protests that were filed, more than half of all bid protests were made by...Read More
H.R. 190 seeks to expand contracting opportunities for small businesses, reinforce certification requirements
A new bill, H.R. 190, proposes to amend the Small Business Act to increase the ability of the government to make sole-source awards to certain small business concerns. On January 3, 2019, the new bill, called “Expanding Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses Act of 2019” was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and...Read More
Proposed changes to FRCP 30(b)(6) (deposition of a corporate representative) and how they may affect you.
Rule 30(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure has long been both a blessing and a curse for litigators. It allows for a deponent corporation, partnership, association, or government entity to identify an individual or a number of individuals to testify on the entity’s behalf. That individual, when testifying, is speaking for the...Read More