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Jacqueline J. Ryan is an Associate in the Federal Construction Group and focuses her practice on government contracts and construction litigation. She assists the Firm’s federal construction clients in matters involving contracts, bid protests, claim drafting and litigation in the federal courts.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2014 required the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) to establish an electronic docketing system for bid protests. Now, four years later, there are indications that the GAO might be moving to the Electronic Protest Docketing System (“EPDS”) sometime this year. Before going live with EPDS, the GAO is implementing a pilot program in which certain protests already filed at the GAO will be moved into EPDS. The pilot program will ensure that EPDS is fully operational before it goes live and becomes the sole means for filing a bid protest at the GAO.  Continue Reading The GAO’s Electronic Docket May Be Going Live Soon!

The National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) for Fiscal Year 2018 includes enhanced post-award debriefing requirements for the Department of Defense (“DoD”). This change is likely a response to the Office of Federal Procurement Policy’s (“OFPP”) January 5, 2017 memorandum. The memorandum debunked certain misconceptions about the debriefing process and encouraged agencies to adopt best practices and maximize the value of debriefings. One such myth that the OFPP’s memorandum debunked was that debriefings always lead to protests. The memorandum advocated for more transparency in the debriefing process, explaining that, in fact, an effective debriefing process can greatly reduce the frequency of protests. Continue Reading Good News for Department of Defense Contractors: Enhanced Post-Award Debriefing Requirements are on Their Way!

In its final rule published on May 31, 2016, the SBA modified the regulations relating to affiliation based on an “identity of interest” pursuant to 13 C.F.R. § 121.103(f). Specifically, the SBA provided clearer guidelines regarding identity of interest affiliation due to familial relationships and economic dependence.

Continue Reading Identity of Interest Affiliation: Further Defined by the SBA

This article was originally published by Law360 on December 16, 2015.

In the past year, the Small Business Administration has issued proposed rules that will likely result in major regulatory changes. Some of the most important changes are those relating to its mentor-protege program, and the performance of work requirements for prime contractors. The proposed rules affecting these areas have the potential to substantially alter the landscape of small business contracting in 2016.

Continue Reading Small Business Contracting May Be Very Different in 2016

VOSB-LOGOLast week, the House of Representatives voted to amend the Department of Transportation’s (“DOT”) definition of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (“DBEs”) to include Veteran-Owned Small Business Concerns (“VOSBs”).  This was accomplished by passing the “Fairness to Veterans for Infrastructure Investment Act of 2015” (the “Bill”).  As the Bill states, its purpose is to improve contracting opportunities for veteran-owned small business concerns, and that is just what will happen if the Bill is signed into law.  Continue Reading Big News for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) recently issued a favorable decision on behalf of a firm client in a size determination case, and we wanted to share information from that decision with you.  While the decision is unpublished, it serves as a reminder of an important exception to the small business contracting rules relating to joint ventures and set aside contracts.  Continue Reading SBA Size Protest Reminds Us That There is an Exception to Every Rule

fraudIn United States v. Nagle, the Third Circuit provided instruction on how to calculate the amount of “loss” defendants are attributed when being sentenced in a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (“DBE”) fraud case.  Going forward, in a DBE fraud case, the loss calculation must include consideration of the fair market value of the services rendered to the government under the affected contract, or contracts.  Continue Reading Third Circuit Allows for Offset when Calculating Loss in DBE Fraud Cases