Court of Federal Claims

After filing a claim under the Contract Disputes Act (CDA), the contracting officer may notify you that a final decision will be issued within “X” days after certain pre-conditions are met, such as:

  • Providing additional documentation supporting your claims or damages;
  • Attending a meeting to discuss your claims; or
  • Answering certain question allegedly required for

Today we review more evidence reminding small business owners to get their house in order when it comes to questions of “ownership and control” in the eyes of the Small Business Administration.  Failing to plan can mean lost contracts and – even worse – losing your small business status and the opportunity for lucrative set-aside

Picture this:  After losing out on a lucrative Federal contract, you realize that an error within the solicitation led to the improper scoring of your company’s technical proposal.  In other words, you deserve the contract, but an error by the agency means that someone else got the award.  Aware of your rights and the tight

In order to access the tremendous opportunities associated with the SBA’s small business development programs (like the Women-Owned Small Business Program and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program), a common requirement is that you own and control your small business.  While this seems like self-evident question – “Of course I own and control my own

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently issued an important decision – K-Con Building Systems, Inc. v. United States, Case No. 2014-5062 – that highlights a few important takeaways for all government contractors.

Background

K-Con Building Systems, Inc. (K-Con) entered into a contract to construct a building for the United

Sequestration.  Budget cuts.  Reduced spending.  Federal contractors know that these are challenging times – but is your business adapting in time to keep pace?

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One consequence of the shrinking federal marketplace is a noticeable shift away from “best value” procurements and towards awarding contracts to the “lowest price, technically acceptable” (LPTA) offeror.  In other words,

As we’ve covered, the U.S. government sets defined goals concerning the percentage of federal contracting dollars that must go to small businesses.  This situation can be a double-edged sword for small business contractors.  On one hand – more contracts, more work, and more money are up for grabs.  But, on the other hand, sometimes

Bottom Line Up Front:  It is hard to get through a large-scale construction project without hitting a bump in the road in the form of dispute between the owner, general / prime contractor, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties, and so on.  Construction projects have tight deadlines and multiple moving parts, which tends to breed costly and time-consuming

As a contractor on a federal project, how often do you interact with the agency’s contracting officer?  Given the state of today’s understaffed acquisition workforce, the answer is probably not very often, if at all.  Instead, you more often find yourself dealing with a varied cast of characters during contract performance – including CORs, COTRs,