ICE Contract Unsuccessfully Challenged

ICE Contract Unsuccessfully Challenged

Metropolitan Interpreters and Translators, Inc (MIT) filed a bid protest in the Court of Federal Claims (COFC) to challenge an award of a contract that went to MVM, Inc. The contract was to provide translating services to the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). Cross-motions for judgment and motion to strike by the United States, representing ICE, was heard by COFC with the protest denied.

GAO Sustains Leupold Stevens, Inc.'s Protest

GAO Sustains Leupold Stevens, Inc.'s Protest

Recently, the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) General Counsel sustained a protest brought by a competitor in a government contract offer made by the United States Navy.  Leupold Stevens Inc. (LSI), a manufacturer of scopes, successfully argued that the modifications of the contract awarded to Sig Sauer were so “substantial” that it warranted a new solicitation.  The GAO agreed and recommended the Navy examine its options, including issuing a new solicitation.

Bid Protester Loses Claim In Customs and Border Protection Contract

Bid Protester Loses Claim In Customs and Border Protection Contract

American Relocation Connections L.L.C. (ARC) appealed a decision by the Court of Federal Claims (COFC) granting judgment in favor of the U.S. government. The decision was based on ARC’s pre-award bid protest to a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) solicitation for employee relocation services. ARC claimed that CBP violated the Small Business Administration (SBA) regulations by not consulting with the SBA during its market research for the solicitation. This October, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (COA) decided ARC did not show it was prejudiced by CBP’s failure

U.S. Justice Dept. Announces Anti-Collusion Procurement Task Force

U.S. Justice Dept. Announces Anti-Collusion Procurement Task Force

On November 5, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division announced a new Procurement Collusion Strike Force (PCSF), combining resources from several federal agencies to target collusion and similar schemes among companies that contract with federal, state, and local government entities or receive government grants.

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Staff Care, Inc., a subsidiary of the staffing company AMN Healthcare, Inc. worked with Eskridge Enterprises, LLC. to provide contract medical staffing as needed. Staff Care supplied clinicians and physicians, while Eskridge, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), placed physicians on assignments under federal contracts. In late 2008, both companies entered into a contract agreement where Staff Care would provide Eskridge healthcare providers and be compensated upon a fee schedule.

GAO Supports VA's Pick For $1B IT Despite Higher Bid Price

GAO Supports VA's Pick For $1B IT Despite Higher Bid Price

In a decision released on October 10, 2019, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (the “GAO”)announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reasonably awarded a $1 billion information technology (IT) contract to Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) despite BAH submitting a significantly higher bid in comparison to competing bidders.

Veteran-owned Company Loses Bid Protest Against U.S. Government

Veteran-owned Company Loses Bid Protest Against U.S. Government

Veterans4You, Inc., a Florida based corporation, produces distinct products and services for federal and state governments. It provides a wide range of products and services including blankets, coveralls as well as physical and digital marketing materials. It recently undertook legal actions to garner greater contract opportunities for veteran-owned businesses like itself.

U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers' Mistake Has Huge Unallowable Claims

U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers' Mistake Has Huge Unallowable Claims

In a report made public on October 3, 2019, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE or Corps) failed to properly monitor Puerto Rico power grid restoration contractors following Hurricane Maria, leading to more than $50 million in potentially unallowable claims. 1 During the Hurricane Maria emergency response, two USACE offices awarded a type of contract that fails to encourage contractors to keep their costs down, and then failed to properly monitor the labor costs claimed by contractors to ensure those