The new administration has placed a unique focus on both Buy American Act and Buy America Act. Many companies, including federal government contractors, should assess how the new administration’s focus will impact their daily business operations. Buy American Act requirements has now become an issue of serious concern for thousands… Read more »

The federal government has decided that using the best value procurement system maximizes the level of performance after award. Instead of focusing on solely the pricing aspect of a proposal, the government can use a combination of source selection approaches. The  goal is to get the best bang for the… Read more »

Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects Bid Protest for Unsolicited Proposal FAR 15.6 | Watson & Associates Lawyers

Compared to regular solicited proposals by the federal government, writing a FAR unsolicited proposal can be a daunting process. Further filing a bid protest regarding the agency’s improper rejection of your unsolicited proposal can be that much more difficult. However, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit outlined… Read more »

There are Two ITAR compliance problems facing most businesses in the import-export industry: Failure to anticipate the road ahead Problem: Though 79% of today’s government contractor executives say responding quickly to change is the only way to survive our current federal procurement challenges, only 1 in 3 are even able to identify… Read more »

Companies that engage with government contracts overseas should be well aware of the harsh penalties associated with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations (FCPA).  Getting your internal staffed trained and executives aware of the steep fines and disruption of the business reputation can save you from unnecessary litigation, civil and criminal… Read more »

Avoid Costly Mistakes Under the New Joint Venture Rule The new SBA joint venture agreement regulations primarily focus on broadening the exclusion from affiliation for small business size status. See 13 CFR 121.103(h). Specifically, the new rule allows two or more small businesses to joint venture for any procurement without being… Read more »

Many small businesses will be faced with dissecting the most recent SBA Rule governing the Limitation on Subcontracting Rule. Predictably,  much litigation will be based upon whether a small business is similarly situated or not. This will be a new issue that many small businesses across the country should investigate… Read more »

Recently, many federal bidders have experienced an adverse contractor responsibility when the agency evaluates their proposal. Challenging the agency’s nonresponsibility determination can be tricky in a bid protest. The core issue of contention occurs when the contracting officer issues a negative determination of responsibility because the proposal was technically unacceptable…. Read more »

What Are International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)? ITAR compliance means that your company is well aware of the various requirements set forth in International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Companies in the import export business, including manufacturers, companies involved with technical data and the like must have an internal methodology… Read more »

Latent Defects Definition The definition of a latent defect in government contracting is a hidden defect in the purchased material or the quality of the services (including construction) and worked performed. A huge problem with getting paid in government contracting is when the agency rejects payment due to final acceptance of… Read more »