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

June 26, 2020

A recent Government Accountability Office ("GAO") bid protest decision provides a cautionary reminder for protesters concerning interested party status. Where a protester fails to challenge an evaluation decision rendering the protester ineligible for award, GAO will likely conclude that the protester is not an interested party and will dismiss the protest.

InBabel Street, Inc., B-418730, June 16, 2020, the protester challenged the Air Force's evaluation and awa...

June 19, 2020

Happy Juneteenth!  This week's Weekly Debrief covers the Supreme Court's recent decision holding discrimination against gay and transgender people as unlawful under Title VII, DoD IG's advice for effective pandemic contracting, NSA's revised telework guidance, COVID-19 cyber fraud, and an Illinois business owner charged with PPP fraud. 

Happy Juneteenth, everyone!

  • General Order No. 3 – The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Ex...

June 16, 2020

Today, in a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against or firing employees for being gay or transgender. [1]  Today's ruling is a major victory for the LGBTQ+ community, for LGBTQ+ allies, and for equality.

Briefly, Title VII makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee "because of such individual’s race, color, religi...

June 15, 2020

This week's Weekly Debrief covers DoD's request to Congress for funding to repay contractors, military officials are prepping for a second pandemic wave, new tech amid coronavirus, VA's EHR modernization, and news on STARS III and DEOS.

Pentagon

June 5, 2020

Recent Government Accountability Office ("GAO") bid protest decision holds that GAO lacks jurisdiction to hear a protester's challenge to being eliminated from further consideration under an Other Transaction Agreement ("OTA"). [1] Notably, while this decision is consistent with GAO's prior rulings, it also appears to be the first instance in which GAO ruled on a protester's exclusion from further consideration under an OTA.

Briefly, in System Architec...

June 5, 2020

This week's Weekly Debrief covers IT modernization, the DoD/CMMC-AB MOU, a ransomware hits a Maryland defense contractor, IRS workforce returning, DoD turning to gaming developers for training, and SOCOM's new PEO for software/AI.  

IT Modernization

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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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