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Pending Proposals and the Purchase or Sale of a Government Contractor: What are the Bid Protest Risks?

Those involved with the purchase or sale of a government contractor should take note of a recent GAO protest decision overturning the award of a $210M contract because the agency failed to address the fact that the awardee’s proposal substantially relied upon the past performance, corporate experience, and resources of the awardee’s former parent company. As

Debarments Continue to Rise

Federal agency debarments rose almost 14% in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 according to an annual report recently published by the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee.  The jump from 1,696 debarments in FY 2013 to 1,929 debarments in FY 2014 continues a five-year trend in which the number of annual debarments has almost doubled. The large

GAO Releases Report on Suspension and Debarment of DOD Contractors

On September 19, the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report that sheds some light on DOD’s current practices with respect to suspension and debarment.  Suspension and Debarment: DOD has active referral processes but action needed to promote transparency, GAO Report to the Committee on Armed Services, U.S. Senate, September 2012, GAO-12-932 (“Report”). The Report

GAO Issues Recommendations for Rules at Slot-Controlled Airports

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on the operations and rules at slot-controlled airports in the United States.  In its lengthy Report, the GAO examined in substantial detail the current utilization of slots, its impact on competition and congestion, and the effect of new beyond-perimeter flights at Ronald Reagan Washington National

GAO Issues Briefing on Delayed Baggage and Options for Compensating Airline Passengers

 The General Accountability Office (“GAO”) issued a briefing late last week on delayed baggage in the airline industry and options for compensating passengers. GAO Briefing.  The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 required such a briefing from the Comptroller General.  In preparing its briefing, the GAO interviewed DOT officials, airline representatives, and consumer organization representatives, analyzed