Thank you, Cross Timbers!

It was a great honor to be a speaker at the 2018 Government Procurement Conference in Arlington, Texas. The event was organized by the Cross Timbers Procurement Technical Assistance Center from the University of Texas at Arlington.

My talk ranged from basic bid protest matters, to cybersecurity, to threats facing small businesses (including Amazon), and the 2019 NDAA. I hope those in attendance learned something. I know I learned from you (you know who you are).

Special thanks to Gregory James and Loren L. Hitchcock for organizing the event and everyone who worked so hard to make it happen. It was great to connect with clients and make new friends. Hope to see you all again soon.

Government’s Default Termination Threat Was Improper Coercion, Says ASBCA

The Government improperly threatened to terminate a contractor for default, because there was no good reason to believe the contractor had actually defaulted.

In a fascinating new decision by the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the Government’s threat–made to a contractor with cash-flow issues–amounted to coercion, and invalidated a settlement agreement that awarded the contractor much less than it probably should have received.

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: August 20-24, 2018

We’re in the final stretch! There are only about 5 weeks left in the fiscal year, which means the lives of government contractors are about to get more chaotic. But as August draws to a close, I hope you’re able to have a relaxing weekend; let’s get it started off right with the SmallGovCon Week in Review.

This week’s edition discusses an update on the ban of Kasperky anti-virus software, continuing uncertainty about GSA’s effort to re-bid SAM.gov, a contractor sentenced under a rent-a-vet scheme, and more.

Have a great weekend!

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SmallGovCon Welcomes John Mattox

I am very pleased to announce that John Mattox has joined our team of attorney-authors here at SmallGovCon.  John is an associate attorney with Koprince Law LLC, where his practice focuses on federal government contracts law.

Before joining our team, John practiced business litigation with a national law firm in Kansas City.  Check out John’s full biography to learn more about our newest author, and don’t miss his first SmallGovCon post on NAICS code changes.

Yes, An Agency Can Change the NAICS Code from One Iteration of a Contract to the Next

As the incumbent contractor, you’re excited to bid on the successor contract. The day it’s posted, you dash to fbo.gov, pull up the solicitation, and breathe a sigh of relief: the contract is still exclusively a small business set-aside. But wait! Under the assigned NAICS code your business doesn’t fall below the size standard.

Can the agency change the NAICS code from one iteration of the contract to another? Sure, so long as the selected NAICS code meets the regulatory standard.

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