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|The Election We Aren’t Talking About|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
August 28, 2015, previously published on August 28, 2015While the American media is already in full 2016 election mode, there is another very important election occurring this year on our continent that very few of us in this country even know is occurring. In just over eight weeks, our neighbors to the north will go to the polls and decide whether to...
|Bid Protest Law: Know Your Rights - The Clock is Ticking|
Geoffrey D. Smith; Smith & Associates;
August 13, 2015, previously published on August 13, 2015Bid protests and bid protest law in Florida and challenges to competitive contract procurement and awards in Florida are controlled by a myriad of unique and complex statutes, rules, policies, and law. They proceed on an extremely fast track, and important rights can be waived if not immediately...
|Local Bid Protests - You Can Fight City Hall: Protesting Your County, Municipality, or District, Procurement Decisions|
Geoffrey D. Smith; Smith & Associates;
July 24, 2015This article provides a brief overview of local government bid protest procedures. Unlike the state bid protest process, which is primarily governed by Florida state statutes and rules1, and is discussed at length in our previous article, ¿Bid Protests: Know Your Rights - the Clock is Ticking¿ at...
|FAR Amended by Several Final Rules|
Taft Stettinius Hollister LLP;
July 15, 2015, previously published on July 10, 2015On July 2, 2015, the Department of Defense (“DoD”), General Services Administration (“GSA”), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (“NASA”) published several final rules that will result in amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulations...
|Does the Public Bid Law Only Contain the Minimum Requirements for Bidding?|
Jacob E. Roussel; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
July 3, 2015, previously published on June 12, 2015It is generally accepted that one purpose of the Public Bid Law in the State of Louisiana is to create uniformity and consistency among the manner in which public projects are awarded. However, on March 13, 2015, the Louisiana Supreme Court denied a request to review an opinion issued by the...
|Guess How Much it Costs to Report Executive Compensation?|
Barbara A. Duncombe, Christina Heidecker; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
July 1, 2015, previously published on June 26, 2015Starting in July 2010, the DoD, GSA and NASA required the reporting of prime and subcontractor executive compensation and first-tier subcontractor awards in solicitations and contracts of $25,000 or more (FAR 52.204-10).
|Are P3s (Public-Private Partnerships) Paving the Way for Efficiency in State and Local Governments?|
Carrie Gilbert; Dressman Benzinger LaVelle psc;
June 24, 2015, previously published on June 23, 2015The concept of public-private partnerships or P3s is not a new one. Government entities throughout the world have used P3s for hundreds of years to deliver services such as water, transportation, social services and infrastructure.
|Top Three Revisions to Key ITAR Definitions Proposed by Department of State; Comments Invited|
Chad O. Dorr, Laura L. Fraedrich, Chase David Kaniecki, Lindsey Michelle Nelson, Donald G. Yeargin; Jones Day;
June 24, 2015, previously published on June 2015The U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls ("DDTC") recently published proposed revisions to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations ("ITAR") to add or change a number of key definitions. In so doing, DDTC is seeking to harmonize certain...
|Doing Business with the Government? What You Should Know about Cybersecurity|
Peter F. Garvin, J. Andrew Jackson, Fernand A. Lavallee, Todd S. McClelland, Mauricio F. Paez; Jones Day;
June 8, 2015, previously published on June 2015Government contractors are in a difficult position when it comes to cybersecurity. Not only do they need to worry about cybersecurity issues that affect almost every company, but they also often house sensitive government data that can carry additional obligations. Further, the very fact that they...
|Obama Administration Makes Significant Changes Requiring Revisions to Handbooks, Policies and Contracts for Federal Contractors|
Paula Graves Ardelean; Butler Snow LLP;
June 5, 2015, previously published on April 23, 2015Federal contractors and subcontractors face significant challenges as the privilege of doing business with the federal government means more paperwork, more audits, and redrafting contract language and employment policies. Set forth below are summaries of some of the changes underway for federal...