GAO Bid Protest Tips for Challenging Set-Aside Decisions

In a GAO bid protest that challenges the agency’s small business set aside decision, contractors would have to focus on facts pertaining to the prior procurement history, the recommendations of appropriate small business specialists, and market surveys that include responses to sources sought announcements. This one reason why government contracting agencies issue… Read more »

Government Shutdown and Contractor Claims

The government shutdown could impact the amount of claims or equitable adjustments submitted by contractors. However, as for any claim under the Contract Disputes Act, businesses must be aware that such claims must be directly related to the contract itself. A common issue that will arise is the ability of contractors to pay their… Read more »

Discrimination in the Workplace For Employers & Government Contractors

Discrimination in the Workplace — Practices to Avoid When it comes to employer discrimination in the workplace, government contractors are subjected to strict compliance with workplace discrimination laws. Your contract contains specific statutory language to that effect. Therefore, especially for larger contractors, you must ensure that your supervisors are familiar with the laws… Read more »

Contractor Code of Ethics and Business Conduct

In 2008, under FAR 52.203-13, “Contractor Code of Conduct and Business Ethics and Conduct” – the clause promulgated that appears in all Federal prime contracts that exceed $5 million and have a period of performance of 120 days or more and is required to be included in subcontracts of that dollar… Read more »

Government Contractor Defense Lawyers

Government contractor defenses are commonplace during the performance of your contract. When the government makes an adverse decision against you, the next thing that a defense lawyer should do is to assess the facts, see if you have any legal defenses to the allegations, then attempt to negotiate the issues before the… Read more »

Seven Tips For Contractors During The Federal Government Shutdown

With Congress still at a gridlock in approving a spending bill, Federal Agencies across the Nation have begun to close their doors and send employees home. The impact of the government shutdown carries a ripple effect that may include government contract claims. While there is not currently a fixed end in sight,… Read more »

Breach of Contract Termination Letter

Drafting a contract termination letter starts with the basis for the termination and making sure that the underlying reason for the letter does not breach the contract. This section deals primarily with when you receive a contract termination letter from the federal government. This can be for a termination for… Read more »

Colorado Construction Contract Payment Clauses

A common contract payment clause in Colorado construction contracts is “pay when paid clauses in construction contracts” or “paid-if-paid” clause. The immediate concern for most Colorado construction subcontractors is the impact to their everyday operations when the owner does not pay the prime contractor. The first approach to this level… Read more »

Proposal Writing and Government Contracts Training for Contractors

Government Contracts  and Proposal Writing Training For Companies Seeking to Avoid Costly Mistakes and to Increase Company Revenues. Watson & Associates provide proactive government contracts training for companies across the United States. Review our training classes and seminars. Seats are limited. Register for our Proposal Writing Training Classes. Contact a… Read more »

Procurement Integrity Act Violations FAR 3.104

The Federal Government Has Increased Oversight and is Cracking Down on Procurement Integrity Act violations under FAR 3.104. In Addition to Criminal Defense Law You Should Also Understand the Procurement Process – The End Result Depends on It.  The Procurement Integrity Act (PIA) makes it clear that the release of… Read more »