Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Government Market Research

A question often arises as to whether in a service disabled veteran owned business SDVOSB contract the federal government can restrict market research to a local geographic area. These are tough issues to address in  bid protest litigation. The first thing that potential bidders must realize as a Veteran Owned Small… Read more »

Government Sole Source Justification Federal FAR 6.302 1

Small businesses involved in government contracting find themselves excluded from opportunities because of FAR source justification federal contracts. Government contract law allows federal agencies the opportunity to award sole source contracts, so long as the explanation is reasonable, and does not violate other regulations. Do Government Sole Source Justifications Violate the Competition… Read more »

Difference Between Actual and Apparent Authority In Government Contracts?

In government contracting, there are harsh rules about apparent authority. The issues usually arise when contractors follow directions of Program Managers and Contracting Officer Technical Representatives (COTR).   Knowing the difference between actual and apparent authority can help you develop a better strategy when filing a contract claim against the government. Without… Read more »

Contract Termination for Failure to Make Progress

The federal government’s termination for default for failure to make progress can occur when you fail to make satisfactory progress  toward completion of contract performance.  For commercial item government contracts , the  government should be allowed to demand adequate assurances that you will meet the contract terms. You must respond… Read more »

CPARS Ratings & Contractor Past Performance Evaluations

Theodore P. Watson, Esq. Knowing CPARS Ratings rules can save thousands of dollars in attorney fees. The process for challenging your CPARS ratings must be correctly done and through the right channels. You cannot wait until you submit a government bid to then respond to adverse past performance evaluation decisions. … Read more »

Appearing Pro Se Risks in Government Contracts Litigation

Can I Appear Pro Se in Government Contracts Litigation? Rather than hiring a government contracts attorney, some company owners attempt to file their own dispute against the federal government.  This is called appearing pro se – choosing to advocate on your own behalf than being represented by a lawyer.  Choosing to appear… Read more »

Government Protest CEO’s Quick Decision

Whether contemplating filing a government protest, or intervening into a bid protest that is already filed, CEOs must make a quick decision.  Protest deadlines are very short, and there is not much time to think. Regardless of the decision, CEO’s must always make sure to get a debriefing – even… Read more »

Claims Against the Federal Government – Understanding the Basics

Contractors that are a party to federal and DOD contracts can assert claims against the federal government. However, there are certain legal requirements to keep the claim intact. Defects in your claims submission can delay or sometimes even completely void the claim. Also, improperly submitted claims can prevent an appellate… Read more »