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Shane M. Hannon and Scott Arnold ● The Federal Circuit last Friday issued a decision that is, as the dissent put it, “a very important government contract case.” In v. United States, the Federal Circuit adopted a narrow construction of the FASA task order bar, which prohibits the Court of Federal Claims (“COFC”) from hearing a

Elizabeth N. Jochum ● ITility, LLCB-421871.3 The protester argued that the Department of Homeland Security had unreasonably assessed the awardee a “positive” based on an incorrect understanding of what the awardee had proposed. Specifically, the protester argued that, while the Agency assigned a positive for an element of the awardee’s proposal relating to enterprise risk

Anthony Rapa, George T. Boggs, Justin A. Chiarodo, and Dimitri DeChurch-Silva ● As a next step in the U.S. government’s implementation of the trilateral AUKUS security pact with Australia and the United Kingdom (“UK”), the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and

Sara N. Gerber ● As part of the Biden administration’s effort to use federal purchasing power to tackle climate change, the FAR Council issued a final rule, effective May 22, 2024, requiring agencies to procure “sustainable products and services,” to the “maximum extent practicable.” The “sustainable products and services” rule is just one of several proposed

Merle M. DeLancey, Jr. and Michael J. Slattery ● The Government Accountability Office’s (“GAO”) rules for timely protesting non-solicitations can be confusing. Offerors (or potential offerors) diligently monitoring need to focus on the substance of a non-solicitation posting and not simply the name or subject line an agency uses for the posting. Postings titled Notices

Michael Joseph Montalbano and Samarth Barot ● On February 19, 2024, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) notified the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia that it would intervene in a False Claims Act (“FCA”) case filed against Georgia Tech Research Corporation and Georgia Institute of Technology (collectively “Georgia Tech”) for not complying with the requirements

Robyn N. Burrows ● On April 22, 2024, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) issued final guidance regarding the application of the Section 889 telecommunications ban to federal grants, loans, and cooperative agreements under 2 C.F.R. § 200.216. As a quick recap, Part A of Section 889 prohibits contractors from providing the federal government covered