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Federal Trade Commission Announces Adjusted HSR Thresholds for 2012

On January 24, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission announced the annual threshold adjustments for premerger filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (15 U.S.C. § 18a) (“HSR”). The new thresholds have increased the dollar amount required to trigger HSR notification with respect to both the size-of-transaction and size-of-person tests. The revised HSR thresholds … Continue Reading

Competition for the MASes…May Result in Messes

This post was also written by Joelle E.K. Laszlo. Full and open competition is a bedrock principle in federal contracting, so government initiatives to expand competition, like the interim rule on multiple-award schedule (“MAS”) contracts that took effect this summer, should come as no surprise. But competition breeds a lot of different things, and enhanced … Continue Reading

No Contractor Left Behind: The Proposed Standardization of Contractor Past-Performance Evaluations

A proposed rule issued by the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on June 28, 2011 proposes to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) to provide a single set of standards for contract officers reviewing contractor past performance. In 2010, agencies were required to transition their various … Continue Reading

More than a Pass-Through?: DCAA to Evaluate whether Contractors and Subcontractors “Add Value”

This post was written by Stephanie E. Giese. Contractors for the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as the civilian agencies should expect to start seeing the Defense Contract Audit Agency (“DCAA”) recommend disallowance of certain contract costs on grounds that a contractor or subcontractor fails to “add value” when it subcontracts out more than … Continue Reading

Decision Do-Over? Future Uncertain for Virginia Decision Expanding Reach of Citizens United

Just as the 2012 political races are heating up and taking shape, Judge James Cacheris of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia expanded the reach of Citizens United v. FEC, 130 U.S. 876 (2010), by rendering unconstitutional limits on corporate contributions to federal candidates. In the opinion, filed May 26, 2011, Judge … Continue Reading

The Protest is in the Mail: GAO and COFC Differences Regarding Treatment of Late Bid Proposals

What happens when a bid proposal is sent via e-mail prior to the submission deadline but not by the proper party until after the submission deadline has passed? Turns out, the answer depends on whether the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) or the Court of Federal Claims (“COFC”) is reviewing the matter. A government contractor dealing … Continue Reading

Hey, Government Contractor: Don’t Fret About the Next Federal Budget Stumbling Block; Prepare For It

This post was written by Lorraine M. Campos and Joelle E.K. Laszlo. When prevention of an event is impossible, preparation is the best defense. This is certainly the case for federal contractors facing an impending Government shutdown. By the time this ‘blog entry is posted, the likelihood of such a shutdown should be clearer, as … Continue Reading

BREAKING NEWS! THE FINAL RULE FOR TRICARE WAS PUBLISHED OCTOBER 15TH. BE SURE TO REGISTER FOR THIS WEBINAR WHERE CHANGES WILL BE ADDRESSED.

On October 15, 2010, the Department of Defense (“DoD”) issued a final rule implementing Section 703 of the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”). In this rule DoD takes the position that the NDAA requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to provide discounted drug prices based on the Veterans Health Care Act’s (“VHCA’s”) Federal Ceiling Price (“FCP”), for covered drugs … Continue Reading

Got Grants? Got Subgrantees? Soon You May Have to Report Them.

This post was also written by Joelle E.K. Laszlo. Federal grant awardees are about to join contractors in the transparent government revolution. Beginning in November, awardees of prime grants valued at $25,000 or more may be required to report certain executive compensation information about themselves and their subgrantees. The new reporting requirements, established under the … Continue Reading
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