Federal Government Contracts & Procurement Blog


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

  • Upcoming Free Webinar: Successful Partnering to Win Federal Work in 2021 and Beyond Please join Nick Solosky and Diana McGraw for a free webinar focused on successful partnering for federal contracting opportunities.  We are excited to be working with the Washington Building Congress on this presentation. The webinar will be held on Thursday, June 10 at 11:00 Eastern.  Please click here to Register. The webinar will focus on helping contractors adapt to market shifts experienced in 2020 and focus on opportunities available in the federal marketplace — for 2021 and beyond. A major point of discussion... More
  • Part III of Fox’s Web Series on the SBA Final Rule: Affiliation and Other Small Business Updates Join us tomorrow, December 8 at 12:00 Eastern for Part III of our Web Series covering the Small Business Administration’s Final Rule: Consolidation of Mentor-Protégé Programs and Other Government Contracting Amendments. To Register, please Click Here. In this session, we’ll cover changes to the SBA’s rules and regulations governing Affiliation. It should go without saying that every small business needs to stay current regarding the rules of affiliation.  Affiliation with a large business renders small businesses ineligible for critical set-aside contracts.  Simple mistakes,... More
  • Join Fox for a Four-Part Web Series on the SBA’s New Final Rule Fox is excited to announce a new four-part Web Series covering the Small Business Administration’s Final Rule: Consolidation of Mentor-Protégé Programs and Other Government Contracting Amendments.  The Final Rule is more than 50 pages – all packed with significant new rules and changes that will affect how both large and small businesses do work for the Federal Government. Join Nick Solosky and Diana McGraw next Tuesday November 17, 2020 at Noon Eastern.  Click here to Register today (the first 100 to... More
  • Evaluation Disputes: Protecting the Reputation of Government Contractors Government contractors may face performance evaluations by federal agencies that erroneously or capriciously capture the  efficacy of their work,  at times by seemingly arbitrary standards. These evaluations can hobble key abilities to gain new projects — the lifeblood of federal contractors. In his article for Modern Contractor Solutions, Federal Government Contracts and Procurement Partner Nicholas Solosky details how the Contract Disputes Act (CDA) creates the framework for handling “claims” against the government on Federal contracts and discusses key evaluation issues, including:  Past... More
  • 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