Compliance

Federal Contractors Should Tread Carefully Despite Supreme Court’s Decision on Age Discrimination Only Applying to Employees of the Federal Government

On April 6, 2020, the Supreme Court decided Babb v. Wilkie, interpreting the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) as it relates to federal government employees. The Court noted the curious language in the Act relating to federal employees differed from the typical language in anti-discrimination statutes. This language stated that “personnel actions affecting...
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SBA Interim Final Rule Provides Critical Guidance for Paycheck Protection Program Under the CARES Act

On April 2, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published an interim final rule, “Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program,” which provides guidance and interpretation on the implementation of the “Paycheck Protection Program” (PPP) created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). On April 3, the SBA published...
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DoD to Reevaluate JEDI Contract after Court of Federal Claims Blocks Performance

On March 12, the US Department of Defense indicated in a court filing that it wished to re-evaluate its decision to award a multibillion-dollar cloud contract to Microsoft. That decision, a response to numerous “technical challenges presented by AWS,” signals a possible impending victory for Amazon in its bid protest. In February, a federal...
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Bid Protest Challenging Agency’s Evaluation of Protestor’s Criteria Is Denied When Evaluations Are Reasonable and Consistent with the Solicitation

On February 24, 2020, the GAO denied the bid protest of 22nd Century Technologies, Inc., which challenged the issuance of a task order to KCI-Acuity, LLC by the Department of State (DOS) on the grounds that DOS unreasonably evaluated the vendors’ quotations under the management and technical, price, and similar experience and past performance...
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DoD, GSA, and NASA to Issue Final Rule Conforming FAR to 2013 SBA Rule Regarding Multiple-Award Contracts and Small Businesses

DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule, effective March 30, 2020, that will amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement regulatory changes made by the Small Business Administration (SBA). That SBA rule, made pursuant to section 1331 of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, provides for partial set-asides and reserves,...
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What the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Means for Federal Employees

The Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) provides a limited waiver of sovereign immunity for claims against the United States for money damages for injury or loss of property caused by the negligent or wrongful act or omission of any employee of the Government while acting within the scope of his or her office or...
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