Federal Government Contracts & Procurement Blog

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Nicholas contributes to the Federal Government Contracts & Procurement blog, addressing current and future issues affecting federal contractors and procurement professionals in both the Washington, D.C., area and throughout the United States.

Recent Blog Posts

  • Reminder: Fox Rothschild VIRTUAL Federal Contracts Symposium Starts Monday A quick reminder that Fox Rothschild (Virtual) Federal Contract Symposium starts this Monday (October 5). Please Click Here to Register for the Symposium. After careful consideration, we elected hold the event virtually.  However, using the innovative Remo platform, you can still expect an interactive and engaging two days of remote targeted sessions on the most important legal topics facing the industry. I’ll be presenting on Recent Trends in GAO & COFC Bid Protests.  In addition, my colleagues will present on topics including: • Federal... More
  • Upcoming Webinar: Contesting Erroneous CPARS Evaluations I am excited to host this upcoming Webinar on Protecting the Reputation of Government Contractors by Challenging Erroneous CPARS Evaluations. The Webinar goes Live on Wednesday, August 19 at Noon Eastern.  If you are unable to attend, please contact me directly :  [email protected] or 202-696-1460. Click Here To Register Now Webinar Preview A negative performance evaluation from a Federal agency, or worse a recommendation against future performance, can make it very difficult for a government contractor to win new work. But all is not lost. Contractors that... More
  • Contractor Alert: Mandatory WOSB Certification Deadline Pending The Small Business Administration (SBA) finally put an end to self-certifications for the Woman-Owned Small Business Program (WOSB).  Starting now and continuing through October 15, 2020, federal contractors that want to perform future WOSB set-aside contracts must complete the certification process at www.certify.sba.gov. Why Require Formal Certification? The WOSB Program aims to award at least five percent of all federal contracting dollars to woman-owned small businesses each year (including exclusive set-aside contracts in under-represented industries).  But recent studies show that those awards... More
  • Upcoming Webinar: Federal Relief for COVID-19 – Protecting Against the Increased Risk of False Claims Please join my colleagues Reggie Jones and Diana McGraw tomorrow for an upcoming webinar covering the CARES Act, the Paycheck Protection Program, and the heightened risk of Federal enforcement:  Federal Relief for COVID-19: Protecting Against the Increased Risk of False Claims. The webinar draws on the lessons of the Great Recession concerning the increased scrutiny that falls on businesses that accept federal relief funds.  During the program, Reggie and Diana will discuss the history of the civil and criminal False Claims... More
  • Utilizing Enhanced Debriefing Procedures to Maximize GAO Bid Protest Effectiveness Contractors filed 2,071 bid protests at GAO  in 2019– the lowest number in five years. One possible cause for the decline is the Department of Defense’s enhanced debriefing procedures.  Enhanced debriefings mean that contractors have greater access to information before the GAO’s short-fuse filing deadline and can make better-informed decisions regarding protests. Importantly, the enhanced procedures also permit contractors to ask targeted questions regarding the agency’s source selection decision. By understanding how to take advantage of debriefings and ask good questions, contractors can... More
  • COVID-19 and Government Contracting Best Practices: Part 3 – Government Response and Contract Management COVID-19 or the Coronavirus is having an unprecedented and, frankly, previously unimaginable global impact.  Please click here to visit Fox’s Coronavirus Resource Center for links to free webinars and articles offering practical guidance to companies of all sizes on a variety of legal issues. Government contractors are already feeling the effects of the pandemic.  Breakdowns in the global supply chain, labor shortages, and regional lock downs are already delaying federal projects across the country and around the world.  These are extraordinary... More
  • COVID-19 and Government Contracting Best Practices: Part 2 – Recovering Extra Costs COVID-19 or the Coronavirus is having an unprecedented and, frankly, previously unimaginable global impact.  Please click here to visit Fox’s Coronavirus Resource Center for links to free webinars and articles offering practical guidance to companies of all sizes on a variety of legal issues. Government contractors are already feeling the effects of the pandemic.  Breakdowns in the global supply chain, labor shortages, and regional lock downs are already delaying federal projects across the country and around the world.  These are extraordinary... More
  • COVID-19 and Government Contracting Best Practices: Part 1 – Excusable Delay Claims COVID-19 or the Coronavirus is having an unprecedented and, frankly, previously unimaginable global impact.  Please click here to visit Fox’s Coronavirus Resource Center for links to free webinars and articles offering practical guidance to companies of all sizes on a variety of legal issues. Government contractors are already feeling the effects of the pandemic.  Breakdowns in the global supply chain, labor shortages, and regional lock downs are already delaying federal projects across the country and around the world.  These are extraordinary... More
  • Join Us for the Fox Rothschild Federal Contracts Symposium Please join us for Fox Rothschild’s Federal Government Contracts Symposium on March 30-31, 2020 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Space is limited, so please use this link to register and view the complete itinerary. Symposium attendees will receive targeted sessions from Fox’s Government Contracts attorneys on cutting edge issues in government contracting. In addition, the Symposium will include a Keynote presentation by Patrick J. Fitzgerald, Director at Baker Tilly and former Director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency at the Department of... More
  • GAO Issues Surprising Decision Downplaying Impact of Alleged OCI Organizational conflicts of interest (or “OCI”) generally exist when one party has access to nonpublic information as part of its performance on a government contract. OCI — or even the appearance of OCI — can be a landmine for Federal contractors.  Unresolved OCI can lead to exclusion from a contract competition, contract termination, and even suspension / debarment. OCI Basics OCI can arise in many different shapes and sizes.  Sometimes, a mitigation plan is sufficient to wall off the conflict.  Other times, the... More