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 GAO Protest and Corrective Action Cost

Understand GAO’s Analysis in a Government Protest and Getting Agency Corrective Action Cost An issue arises in a government contract protest where the agency elects to take corrective action, and when, if ever, can a protestor recover costs when the agency takes too long to take corrective action. Many contractors… Read more »

Government Procurement Fraud & Termination for Default

Government procurement fraud can arise in a variety of situations. A common example occurs during the bidding phase when offerors submit untruthful information in efforts to secure a government contract, or in other situations, to get admitted into a program administered by the Small Business Administration. In the case of… Read more »

Spent Nuclear Fuel: Government Partial Breach of Contract

Partial breach of contract occurs in many government contracts involving disposition of nuclear waste, particularly spent nuclear fuel.  Spent nuclear fuel (“SNF”) is “nuclear reactor fuel that has been used to the extent that it can no longer effectively sustain a chain reaction.”  These contracts involve the utility contractor purchasing… Read more »

Federal Unilateral and Mutual Mistake Contract Disputes

Contractors can claim mistake of fact in bid claims against the federal government.  When arguing that there was a mistake in bid, a contractor can either raise a mutual mistake of fact (both contractor and government made a mistake in drafting the agreement) or unilateral mistake of fact (contractor mistake)… Read more »

Government Procurement Contract Fraud Crackdown

Given the increase in government procurement contract fraud activity, in 2006, the National contract government procurement Fraud Task Force was formed to promote the early detection, identification, prevention, and prosecution of procurement contract fraud.  Government contractors are more exposed to investigations and are finding themselves facing more criminal charges and jail time. The… Read more »

Contractor Defense to Procurement Fraud Under the False Claims Act

One of the most reviewed cases of a federal contractor defense to procurement fraud was Daewoo Eng’g & Constr.Co. v. United States, 73 Fed. Cl. 547, 597 (2006) where the Court of  Federal Claims held that Daewoo had committed fraud.   The court awarded the government $10,000 for Daewoo’s False Claims Act… Read more »