August 3, 2020

Matross Managing partner and GCJ publisher, Joshua Duvall, will be presenting a webinar on Monday, August 3, 2020 on "Debriefings & Bid Protests: What Every GovCon Should Know." The webinar is part of the "GovCon Best Practices Series" with Glenn Robinson of Blue Ridge Information Systems.

Summary:

  • Debriefings and bid protests are powerful tools for government contractors. By developing a basic understanding of these issues, decision makers can not only avoid undue cost and headache but also g...

July 31, 2020

This week's Weekly Debrief covers NIH's search for an "honest broker" to manage COVID-19 data warehouse, NASA's trip to Mars, Cyber Solarium Commission report on scanning defense contractor networks, Pentagon's increased telework, hackers targeting federal teleworkers, and three tribal officials charged in bribery scheme.

NIH

July 24, 2020

According to a recent U.S. Department of Justice ("DoJ") press release, a Maryland defense contractor agreed to pay nearly $1 million to resolve False Claims Act ("FCA") allegations that the company knowingly billed the National Security Agency ("NSA") for services performed by the contractor's employees who "did not meet all of the specialized qualifications required under their contract with NSA."

The press release provided the following details regarding the civil settlement agr...

July 24, 2020

This week's Weekly Debrief covers several interesting – and elevated – topics, including Treasury's push for a new cloud, SBA's data exposure response, Space Force acquisition and new logo, Energy's blueprint for a quantum internet, and a report on the Pentagon's UFO research.

Treasury

July 17, 2020

This week's Weekly Debrief covers several interesting topics, including GSA's Alliant 2 SB, a White House cyber coordinator, security clearance reforms, a contract for an experimental space station, defense spending, and the VA's hunt for cyber. 

GSA

July 14, 2020

In May, we wrote about the U.S. Small Business Administration's ("SBA") long-awaited final rule amending its regulations for the Women-Owned Small Business Program (third-party certification). Notably, through that final rule, SBA also amended certain 8(a) Business Development Program ("8(a) Program") requirements, which take effect on July 15, 2020.

These additional changes harmonize the 8(a) Program and EDWOSB requirements that were the subject of scrutiny because of di...

July 10, 2020

This week's Weekly Debrief covers robotic automation for VA's EHR system, DoD's $7b household goods contract, Space Force's polar communications system, CISA's plans for securing industrial control systems, and CMMC in GSA's STARS III governmentwide contract.

VA

July 8, 2020

Recently, the Government Accountability Office ("GAO") sustained a protest where the awardee had actual knowledge––prior to award––that a key person was unavailable and failed to notify the agency of that material change.

The protest of M.C. Dean, Inc., B-418553; B-418553.2, June 15, 2020 involved a National Security Agency contract to "provide maintenance, installation, and distribution services for the agency’s comprehensive enterprise class physical security syste...

July 6, 2020

In a relatively rare occurrence, the Government is appealing a U.S. Court of Federal Claims' ("COFC") bid protest decision in NIKA Techs., Inc. v. United States, No. 20-299C (Fed. Cl. Apr. 16, 2020) to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Fed. Cir. Case No. 20-1924).

In its appeal, the Government will be seeking clarity on an all too important issue facing defense contractors and procuring officials in negotiated procurements: where an unsuccessful offeror does n...

July 3, 2020

This week's Weekly Debrief covers GSA's cancellation of A2SB, malware aimed at federal agencies, DoD withdrawals DPA small launch awards, 2021 NDAA, IT modernization, and FEMA's need for  robotic process automation bots for payments.

Happy Q4!  Happy 4th of July!

GSA

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Welcome to GovConJudicata an informational blog/website focusing on government contracts issues, including bid protests (e.g., GAO, COFC), claims, disputes, SBA matters, compliance, regulatory, and cyber (e.g., DFARS, NIST SP 800-171, CMMC).

GovConJudicata is published by Joshua Duvall, managing partner at Matross Edwards, a law firm providing government contracts and cybersecurity legal services to small and mid-sized businesses.

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