Hello, Readers. We’re feeling the effects of the cold snap here in Lawrence, KS. If you are, too, we hope you’re keeping warm. There’s nothing like a mug of hot chocolate, a soft blanket, indoor heating, and (of course) a roundup of the week’s federal contracting news to fight the chill.
As usual, we’ve got the highlights for you covering what happened this past week in federal government contracting news. Hot topics include: updates on vaccine mandates and pandemic response initiatives, cyber security, and several government fraud, bribe, and theft schemes being brought to light. Read more below and don’t forget to check out our blog for even more federal government contracting news.
When an agency restricts a solicitation to a single brand-name, the agency must appropriately justify its decision, even where the solicitation is competed among holders of a governmentwide acquisition contract.
In a recent case, the GAO sustained a protest, holding that an agency violated the FAR by failing to properly justify its brand-name restriction.
Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. After King’s death, U.S. Representative John Conyers and U.S. Senator Edward Brooke introduced a bill in Congress to make King’s birthday a national holiday. The holiday was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986.
We remember Dr. King as a fierce advocate for the betterment of all people. Honor his memory by organizing, volunteering, and thinking about Dr. King’s legacy today and throughout the year.
Greetings, Readers. We hope your 2022 is off to a great start and your new year resolutions haven’t been kicked to the curb, as of yet. We are excited about the Wild Card Playoff game this weekend between our Kansas City Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s been a wild ride this season but the Chiefs are playing very well and we hope to see them return to another super bowl.
There was a lot of news in federal government contracting, this week and we are excited that our very own, Kevin Wickliffe was quoted in an article about the changes from Indian Health Service that strengthen support for native Americans and Alaskan natives. You can read the full article below as well as other news in federal government contracting.
Equity Partner Shane McCall, will be one of three panelists presenting a joint webinar hosted by Pub K. The Pub K Annual Review is always a great event and there are many other interesting panels going on as well. Small business topics covered in the webinar include: increasing small business participation, regulatory updates, and joint venture issues.
The event takes place on January 26 from 2:00 – 2:50 PM (CST) / 3:00 PM – 3:50 PM EST and registration is open here. Come join us!
In this webinar, government contracts attorneys Shane McCall and John Holtz will help you make sense of the limitations on subcontracting. Using a step-by-step process and plenty of examples to help bring the rule to life, they will help to ensure that you understand and comply with this essential rule.
Happy new year, Readers! After a very mild start to our Winter season we are experiencing frigid temperatures here in the Midwest to start off 2022. As old man winter makes his arrival we are very grateful to live and work in a climate controlled environment. Thank goodness for heat and warm coats!
There was a lot of news in federal government contracting this week, including trends and marketing info in the new year, cyber security and workforce initiative provisions from the recently signed 2022 NDAA, and a FAR clarification on the commercial item definition.